It weighs 3.5lbs, it’s about the size of a football, it is located under the right rib-cage…
Do you know what it is yet?!
This workhorse of an organ is your trusty liver. This organ is one hard working beast. It performs over 500 functions and is the only organ that, despite some serious abuse, if we still have around 25% function, can completely regenerate. Pretty impressive stuff!
The liver is the fat dumping ground for the body. Excess glucose (from a high sugar and high carbohydrate diet) gets stored as body fat and as fat in the liver….this is bad news!!
Fatty liver rarely shows any symptoms until the liver is up to 75% affected. Then, symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, and nausea can appear. Secondary symptoms you may not associate with fatty liver, can also result.
The liver produces an important fluid called bile. Bile helps our body to absorb the fat soluble vitamins from our diet.
SO, when your liver function is poor, your ability to absorb the essential omega 3 fats, vitamin A, vitamin D, E, K1 and K2 are hugely reduced. So whilst you may be getting plenty of these nutrients in your diet, if you have fatty liver, then your ability to absorb these nutrients is depleted. This can result in symptoms you wouldn’t always associate with liver function. Night blindness, flaky skin, acne, broken blood vessels, mood disorders can all result from poor liver function!
Improving your liver function by just 10% can have radical improvements on your health!
How do I improve my liver function?
Firstly, reducing your carbohydrate and refined sugar intake. Carbohydrates breakdown into sugar or glucose in the body. When we continuously eat carbohydrates, for example porridge for breakfast, bread for lunch and pasta for dinner, then we have excessive amounts of glucose that gets stored as body fat and liver fat.
Adding more green leafy vegetables and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower into your daily diet will help the function of the liver. Choline, present in organic, free-range eggs and broccoli, helps draw the excess fat out of the liver. However, this is only effective once on a carb-reduced lifestyle!
Reducing alcohol consumption is also important for improving liver function and reducing fatty liver.
Where do I start?
Start with one meal at a time. Changing your daily sandwich or baguette to a lunch packed with vegetables and moderate amounts of quality protein. Organic free-range boiled eggs, steamed broccoli, avocado, cauliflower-rice, fish salad, sauerkraut, mackerel, chicken salad…there are SO many delicious options and so many ideas online. We will be posting more simple, delicious low carb recipe ideas.
Take care of your liver, your health will be radically improved!
The journey continues