January is love your liver month, I suppose it stands to reason…
My friend and wellbeing coach Emma kindly shared her top liver care tips, which you can watch here. I can’t say I’m overly thrilled but needs must! I’m addicted to sugary drinks…
The Function of the Liver
The liver is a vital organ that performs a wide range of functions in the body, which includes:
- The liver plays a key role in the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. It helps to regulate the levels of glucose in the blood, and it also produces bile, which is needed to digest fats and absorb fat-soluble vitamins.
- The liver helps to remove toxins and waste products from the body. It does this by breaking down harmful substances and eliminating them from the body through the bile or the bloodstream.
- The liver stores a number of important substances, including vitamins, minerals, and glucose. It also stores iron, which is needed for the production of red blood cells.
- The liver produces a number of proteins that are important for the body, including clotting factors and proteins that help to transport substances in the blood.
Overall, the liver plays a vital role in maintaining the health of the body.
Liver health and the menopause
During menopause, the levels of hormones produced by the ovaries, such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, decline. This can lead to a number of physical and emotional changes, including hot flashes, mood changes, and changes in menstrual cycles.
It is important to take care of the liver during menopause, as it plays a key role in hormone balance and metabolism.
- Maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise. Excess weight can put additional strain on the liver.
- Avoid processed and sugary foods, as these can contribute to liver damage. A diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can help to support liver health.
- Exercise regularly as it can help to improve liver function and maintain a healthy weight.
- Limit alcohol intake or avoid it altogether as alcohol can damage the liver.
- Only take medications that are necessary and to follow the recommended dosage; some medications can be harmful to the liver if taken in large amounts..
Are you trying to support you liver during Love Your Liver month?
I hope you’re keeping well. Thanks for popping by.
Click here to learn how to balance your blood sugar during the menopause.