Here’s why you should take a look at liver health

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) places an extremely high importance on liver health with a belief that medical practitioners who are able to treat the liver are skilful enough to treat a hundred ailments. TCM practitioners believe that the liver with helps to regulate qi or vital energy along with the flow of emotions, thus affecting the health of your entire body.

 

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Despite being hundreds of years old, those traditional beliefs are not unfounded! Your liver is one of the largest organs in your body and is the ultimate multitasker when it comes to your health. It does everything and anything from filtering your blood to lending aid in the digestion of your food and even helping you fight off nasty infections! It is also the only organ in your body that has the ability to regenerate itself by creating new tissue! Talk about amazing right?

With such a big workload being carried out by our liver, you can bet that you’ll feel the after effects when it’s not working well. TCM principles link liver health to acne and body odours while Western medical sciences have found that liver diseases could lead to problems in other areas of the body such as the heart, highlighting the importance of good liver health for overall wellness.

The scary thing is that you often don’t notice the signs when your liver starts falling sick. The symptoms start out small, fatigue sets in, maybe in the middle of the day, and you soon find yourself constantly tired.

So if you’re feeling bloated, sluggish or nauseated all the time and can’t seem to lose weight no matter what you try (just some symptoms of an unhealthy liver).  Maybe it’s time to look at your liver health.

Habits to avoid:

1. Excessive Alcohol

Alcohol consumption is the number one cause of liver damage. As your body cannot store alcohol, when you drink, your body focuses on processing and metabolising the alcohol ahead of other processes. Heavy drinking or drinking too fast will put a heavy burden on your liver cells and in the long run, could cause fatty liver disease and inflammation. This is because the liver gets diverted from its other functions and focuses mainly on converting alcohol to a less toxic form, and this causes fatty liver disease, inflammation and in the worse cases, permanent damage like cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) which leads to the loss of liver function.

2. Smoking

It’s already common knowledge that smoking is among the unhealthiest habits out there. For smokers- both first and second hand - the inhalation of smoke and the chemicals in it reach the liver and cause oxidative stress, which produces damaging free radicals. In the liver, the stress can cause a condition known as fibrosis in which the excess scar tissue is developed inside the liver from attempts to repair itself.

3. Late Nights

 

2 am working on a project or a big presentation for the morning after, we’ve all been there. Acne and oily skin are just some of the consequences of late nights at the desk, but besides the obvious fact that being deprived of precious sleep is not great, the late nights can take a toll on your liver as well.

Studies have shown that sleep deprivation can, like smoking, cause oxidative stress to the liver. Even though the consequences of this oxidative stress is not as severe as smoking. Staying up can cause your body to inefficiently process fat, leading to weight gain and problems like diabetes, heart disease and more.

Let us help!

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Charlene K
Charlene K

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Charlene enjoys long walks to the fridge, makeup and emotional eating. A former journalism student and avid skincare nerd, you'll find her on the weekends reading up and writing about the properties of ceramides, acids and oils.



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