At this time of the year it seems everybody’s going on holidays. Yes, for many it’s rest and recreation time plus party time! However, for the poor old liver there’s no R & R. For many, their liver just will not get a break at all – in fact in some cases it’s expected to work overtime, particularly through the festive season!!
To be fair, I really believe we should be giving this unfortunate organ as much help as we can. It is one of the most important organs in our body – in fact the liver is a multifunctional organ. It not only detoxifies our body but also plays a part in our digestive function – also very important when we are eating all those rich and often fatty foods during the festive season. The detoxification role of your liver is in fact so essential, if it is not functioning well, your entire body can suffer making you feel unwell, run down and susceptible to infections. Now nobody wants to feel unwell and tired during their summer break.
Our liver is also responsible for metabolising our fats, by producing bile, which then breaks down fats. By overburdening our liver, it is obvious we are more prone to weight gain which is why we often suggest a liver tonic for those wishing to lose weight. An overburdened liver can also make us feel bloated and very sluggish.
It is therefore understandable that taking a liver tonic at this time of the year is so important. A good liver tonic can improve your liver function and promote detoxification. One of my favourite liver tonics contains several herbs which have traditionally been used to promote healthy liver detoxification plus elimination of waste.
Many would know of one of the most common and important herbs used in liver tonics - St Mary’s Thistle (Milk Thistle) which supports the health and function of the liver cells. The use of St Mary’s Thistle as a liver tonic is supported by numerous clinical trials which have demonstrated this herb’s positive effect in protecting, supporting and improving liver function. It is especially helpful in assisting to relieve digestive problems such as indigestion and bloating. I like this liver tonic because it contains a very high dosage of St Marys Thistle (18,000mg).
It also contains a high dosage of Globe Artichoke. This herb not only protects the liver but also has a protective and restorative effect on the gallbladder. Our gallbladder and liver work together and the globe artichoke is especially helpful to aid sluggish digestion which is often a problem at this time of the year, when we are consuming rich foods and maybe a little too much alcohol.
Taurine is also part of this liver formula. Studies have shown Taurine helps protect the liver from oxidative damage thereby ensuring the the liver cells efficiently remove damaging compounds.
Taking a liver tonic not only supports the liver by enhancing and scavenging free radicals, it also inhibits inflammation and improves immune defences. A liver tonic will not only improve the liver’s function, but help to promote a healthy gall bladder system as well. A healthy liver also means your body will metabolise dietary fats which can of course be a good adjunct to weight loss.
So be kind to your liver. Just one tablet a day will help your liver recover from the overindulgences of the Christmas and New Year celebrations. I guess it may be a little late to mention this now, however if you are anticipating a big night out, my tip is to take a liver supplement before going out and then before you go to bed. This will help reduce any damage to the liver, reduce your chance of a hangover and improve clearance of alcohol from your body.
If you require further information on liver health or any other health advice, tune in to Bev or Marianne on “ Go Get Healthy” on 2EC every Wednesday at 12.30pm or call to see Bev and the team at Go Vita, Your Health Shop at 5 North St, Batemans Bay or phone on 44729737.