While the importance of the liver has been recognised since antiquity, it’s taken us a while to understand what exactly this multi-talented organ does.
In the Middle Ages, it was still commonly believed that the liver, rather than the heart, supplied the body with blood. In fact, it wasn’t until the 17th century that anatomists began crediting the liver with what we now know to be one of its primary functions: the production of bile, the alkaline compound that aids in the breaking down of fats and the elimination of waste products.
We’re still learning what a subtle and multi-purpose organ the liver is but hepatocytes, the cells of the liver, are believed to assist in over 500 different functions, which means the liver can benefit from some support.
A healthy diet is a good place to start. Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and Brussels sprouts, can contribute detoxifying enzymes that help ease the liver’s load. And there’s promising evidence that antioxidant-rich fruits, such as blueberries and grapefruit, may also assist liver health.
We’re still discovering which foods support the liver, but when it comes to which foods we should try to avoid, the picture is much clearer – it’s the usual suspects, processed and fatty foods.
Foods that are high in sugar and fat make it harder for your liver to get on with its job. And we know that alcohol is no great friend of the liver because excessive drinking can impact the health of your liver over the long term. If you do drink, national health guidelines recommend that you don’t exceed one or two standard drinks per day.
Exercise is another important part of the healthy-liver lifestyle. Maintaining a healthy weight also helps maintain liver health, so finding time for regular exercise is an important step, along with a balanced diet.
As with most things, the key to maintaining liver health is moderation. Rather than bouncing between big binges and small, repentant salads, a more sustainable approach is to establish a good day-to-day routine you can maintain over the longer term.
If you’re looking for additional support for your liver, Life-Space Liver Support Probiotic is a targeted formula specially aimed at people wanting to assist the health of this important organ.
Along with five different probiotic strains to support digestive system health, Life-Space Liver Support Probiotic contains choline, a compound that assists the metabolism of fat and contributes to maintaining healthy liver function.
Overall, the path to maintaining a healthy liver is also a path to supporting general health.
Always read the label. Use only as directed. Supplements should not replace a balanced diet.
For such an important organ, the liver often gets overlooked. Let's take a quick tour of this hidden hero and learn what we can do to support its health and function.