19 Jan 5 Reasons Why You Should Love Your Liver
This week marked the 97th anniversary of the start of prohibition* in the USA. It didn’t quite work out for them as they had hoped and ended up creating a crime wave so great that it rocked the nation, but 13 years is a long time for anyone to give up alcohol completely, even I would struggle with that!
We now of course have the increasingly popular Dry January which is a much more manageable time frame and also is personal choice rather than a total ban, which although may be not quite so effective is certainly more acceptable!
Love Your Liver Month
Dry January cleverly falls at exactly the same time as Love Your Liver Month, which is of course perfectly timed after the festivities of Christmas and New Year where our livers are usually put through their paces!
The Wonders of Your Liver
The liver is the most complex organ in the body, after the brain. It filters toxins out of the blood, aids digestion, regulates blood sugar and cholesterol levels and helps to fight infection and disease
And luckily for us it is a pretty robust organ that is capable of developing new cells and totally rejuvenating itself, however, like most things, it won’t tolerate constant abuse so if you drink every day you may want to look at having an alcohol free day and slowly build that up to at least 3 days a week, it will give your liver chance to rebuild and gain strength for its many other tasks.
Lets Give Our Liver Some Love
Even if you’ve decided not to join the Dry January masses, it is still the perfect time to give your liver some much-needed attention. Filling up on plenty of antioxidants is the perfect way to offer this important organ your support. Include vegetables like beetroot, broccoli, brussels, artichoke, watercress and radishes into your lunch/dinner menu or morning smoothie, Add fruits like blueberries and blackberries to your breakfast cereal. Eat nuts and seeds such as sunflower seeds and brazil nuts as snacks and dandelion and peppermint herbal teas as an exchange for tea and coffee.
Turmeric, linseeds, psyllium husks and milk thistle are also great healers and cleansers for the liver.
Lets start the year as we mean to go on!
Your Healthy Self
*Prohibition in the United States was a nationwide constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages that remained in place from 1920 to 1933.