Our liver is one of the largest (and hardest-working) organs in our body (second largest to the skin) and it's responsible for at least 500 functions!
I feel tired just thinking about that! 😴
One of its roles is to keep our house clean (our body) essentially, as it detoxifies everything that comes through the gates (our mouth).
There's never been a time when our liver has had to work harder than in these modern, busy and stressful times and we are suffering because of this.
Stress has a corrosive effect on the liver and so does holding onto any negative emotions and BOY are most of us experts in this field! 😠
What other Things We Might Be Doing that's Hurting Our Liver?
- We're working more and harder than ever
- We may be moving our bodies less (exercising)
- We're often drinking more alcohol more frequently
- We (as a society) are taking more drugs and medications
- We're eating less liver-loving foods and more liver-harmful foods
- We (some folks) are still smoking cigarettes
- We aren't drinking enough clean, pure water
- We're drinking too much soft drink
- We're eating too much sugar
- We don't spring clean our bodies (detoxify)
Gosh, when I read this list back to myself it was quite depressing! But loving our liver doesn't have to be a chore, we just need to shift our mindset and change a few habits.
Remember... good habits start with a willingness to change and then it's just small daily action steps consistently until our mind has been rewired and the new habit has stuck! 👊🏼
When you look at the list above are you really surprised that liver diseases are on the rise. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS, 2008), NAFLD (non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease) affects approximately 5.5 million Australians, including 40% of all adults aged over 50!
That's 20% of Australians WTF?!?😳
So this is really a serious problem that we all need to look at because whether we personally have a liver issue or not, there's a very high chance that someone we know will!
I know for me, I've lost loved ones from liver disease. My uncle Peter died many years ago from the common liver disease cirrhosis of the liver and now I've just recently been told my other uncle (they are brothers) has the same disease.😢
The thing is that most liver diseases are completely preventable, through healthy life choices.
So What Can We Do For Us or a Loved One?
While information is powerful, the true power comes in the daily actions we take. The following info. is not health advice but information only and you should always seek professional health advice from your trusted healthcare practitioner.
To have true longevity, health and vitality we mist LOVE our liver and treat it with the respect that it deserves.
To have a healthy liver we need to make sure our diet is on track and this means including some liver-loving foods such as Swiss chard, dandelion greens, bitter melon, Brussels sprouts, radish, kale, cabbage, broccoli, blueberries, beetroot, black coffee, green tea, almonds, spinach, herbs such as oregano, sage and rosemary and spices such as cinnamon, curry powder and cumin!
We Also Need to:
- Drink 2-3 litres of pure, filtered water each day
- Move our bodies regularly (daily)
- Quit smoking!
- Be mindful of our alcohol consumption (even have a break from it)
- Eat less rubbish (processed, junk foods, takeaway and ready-meals)
- Be mindful of what you ingest full-stop!
- Detox your body at least once a year by taking a high-quality liver detox support supplement that supports both phases (1 and 2) of liver detox.
- Let go of toxic long-held negative emotions such as rage, anger, jealousy, bitterness, stress, worry, anxiety, fear and resentment
- Learn to become the master of our stress instead of stress being our master (this is one I am still learning myself big time!) Meditation and the teachings of Dr Jo Dispenza is really helping me 🙏🏼
I know this seems like a lot to take in and it is but it doesn't have to be a daunting thing, we just need to make small steps each day to live healthier.
Remember... the first step is awareness, then willingness to change and then daily actions that become healthy habits.
You've got this, I know it! 👊🏼
This information is to be shared so it can help others who may not be aware. Please share this article on social media and together let's get Australia healthier, happier and living with more vitality!✨😃