Liver - The Workhorse of Wellness
Liver - The Workhorse of Wellness
An all-rounder, the liver is one of the hardest working organs in our body. Located in the upper-right part of the abdomen, it is a silent multitasker that breaks down food for nutrients and inspects our blood for irregularities. Additionally, it churns out waste from our blood and produces necessary biochemicals, easing our bodily functions.
A major function of the liver is bile production. Although a conglomerate of waste products, it breaks down fats for further digestion in the small intestine.
A healthy liver is a strict monitor of our blood. It produces specific proteins for blood plasma and regulates blood levels of amino acids, thus assisting protein development. It actively sustains our defense systems by avoiding blood clotting and removes unwanted bacteria from our system. Teaming up with Pancreas, it keeps the sugar levels in check.
Additionally, the liver metabolizes alcohol by converting the components into less harmful byproducts. It processes hemoglobin to extract the iron and converts excess glucose into glycogen. Furthermore, the liver also clears the blood of narcotics and other harmful chemicals by converting toxic ammonia to urea.
Importance of Liver Health
The liver is a metabolically hyperactive organ, with 1500 ml blood flowing through it every minute. A large blood supply in comparison to its weight (approximately 2.5 percent of body weight), an undisturbed blood circulation in the liver is crucial for a healthy living.
Believed to contribute to over 300 body functions, research shows that many of its functions are still unknown.
You might be unknowingly damaging your liver
Our lifestyle is a key contributor to our liver’s health. An unhealthy liver equals lowered immunity and an increased risk of contracting viruses. It can also trigger hereditary health problems and overtime, develop reactions to generic drugs.
Interestingly, the liver can regenerate and repair itself. It is, however, a steady process and long-term malpractices may impact its speed. Hence, knowing the potential threats in advance is crucial.
Alcohol consumption is a major threat to liver health. Since the amount and time duration of the consumption matter, a physician can inform you the amount fit for consumption based on your medical history. Long-term unregulated alcohol intake can cause liver inflammation, also known as Alcoholic Hepatitis. Obesity can further aggravate the effects of liver-damage. Unconscionable junk food consumption can also cause alcoholic/nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. In fact, "Fatty liver" is considered the earliest stage of alcoholic liver disease. If stopped in time, the liver can heal itself. But if ignored, one may develop Cirrhosis, causing permanent damage to the liver cells.
Binge Out, Health In- A balanced lifestyle
Unhealthy lifestyle practices like binge drinking and overeating is counter-productive for a healthy liver. One should limit sugary drinks and processed foods, as the latter is rich in salts and saturated fats, incessantly challenges liver functioning.
Instead, a fruit and vegetable diet, rich with high-fiber content, must be adopted. Regular exercises, consumption of nutritious foods and sufficient hydration, adds to our overall wellness.
Furthermore, adding some well-known ingredients of goodness in our diet can boost our liver functioning:
From the family of ragweed, daisies, marigolds and chrysanthemums, Milk Thistles are long, slender stems with spiky leaves and a purplish-pink thistle at the top. Scientifically proven to be beneficial, its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties can reduce the risk of jaundice, cirrhosis, liver cancer and fatty liver disease. Its main component, Silymarin keeps the toxins from invading the liver cells. It can be consumed in capsule, tablet, powder and liquid form. The latter two can be added in tea, smoothie and water.
TUDCA (Tauroursodeoxycholic acid)
A water-soluble bile salt, TUDCA is a therapeutic agent to the liver. Sometimes, the byproducts produced during the organ’s regular working are highly toxic. TUDCA prevents liver cells from getting affected by such toxins. Bile salts are antimicrobial and protect the liver cells from microbes. It is highly effective in protecting the liver in cases of slow bile production (Cholestasis). TUDCA is also an anti-inflammatory agent. At a cellular level, it monitors and repairs the cells disrupted during protein production. Some scientific studies note its ability to reduce insulin resistance, hence reducing the risk of diabetes. TUDCA is widely available in capsule and powder forms.
NAC (N-Acetyl cysteine)
Sedentary behavior and a diet high in saturated fats have been linked to metabolic illnesses. This is where NAC comes in. Highly responsive to acute liver injuries, it helps reduce organ inflammations and trauma. While the human body is equipped to combat various negative metabolic effects, fatty liver disease suppresses its intracellular response systems. NAC blocks lipid accumulation and manages oxidative stress on the liver. Multiple scientific studies vouch for its safe and therapeutic use. Their effectiveness against chronic respiratory diseases and infertility is still being researched. NAC can be directly injected or taken orally. It is available in tablet, aerosol spray, liquid and powder forms.
Traditionally extracted from its plant via Chinese and Russian methods, Schisandra effectively improves the individual’s holistic wellness. With its anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-cancer and anti-aging properties, it defends against various neurological, cardio-vascular, gastro-intestinal, hepatic and skin conditions. Furthermore, it extensively favors liver health, preventing and treating alcoholic fatty liver.
Schisandra provides immunity towards diseases like Hepatitis and hepatic cancer. It lowers enzyme production that hampers the liver and can potentially reduce oxidative stress damage, restoring normal cellular energy supply. Dried powder, tablet, extract and elixirs are commonly administered by consumers.
The dosage of each may vary in-accordance to one’s lifestyle and medical history. Please note that they aren’t to be mixed with alcohol consumption. Consult a physician regarding the dosage. Side effects like dizziness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and others can be stopped with the cessation of consumption.
The liver demands our care to keep our wellness at par. Even in healthy conditions, it's wise to undergo a liver test. If you regularly consume alcohol or have a family history of liver disease, early knowledge helps. Inquire with your primary care physician about the required tests. A blood test can assess numerous physiological functions, including the liver. Hepatic, or liver function test, included in a complete metabolic panel (CMP), is common.
Well-suited supplements can help in an early intervention to keep risks away.
Introducing TON1C Comprehensive Liver Support Formula by Day One
Your primary companion in Liver health, the formula is jam packed full of clinically dosed, tried and tested components. True 8 ingredients, including the above mentioned, work synergistically to aid liver performance. Being aware of your body is the first step towards ensuring overall greatness. Let’s keep at it and achieve our greatness.