Building a Lean, Mean Liver Machine
You spend a lot of time thinking about what you put into your body. Yet, your liver is the unsung hero when it comes to flushing it all out. This incredibly hard-working glandular organ performs over 200 important functions to help keep your body functioning optimally.
Your liver is the ultimate total team player. It jumps in to help other organs: kidneys (fluid filtering), stomach (digestion and absorption), and gallbladder (storing bile). Not only is your liver bigger than your brain, it can actually regenerate.
Let’s take a peek at this hard-working—and sometimes unappreciated—super organ.
Meet the Liver
At a whopping three pounds and the size of a football, your liver is tucked on the right side of your belly. It’s protected under your rib cage and sits above the gallbladder and parts of the pancreas and intestines. Each of these organs performs an important role in digesting, absorbing, and processing foods.
While we don’t discuss liver health often, it’s one of the most vigorous organs in your body, and caring for it is key to good health. Even though the liver has the amazing ability to regenerate itself, there are steps you can take to support its healthy function.
Keep Your Weight Optimal
Maintaining a healthy weight is not just important for an overall sense of well-being, it also supports your liver’s health.
One of the liver’s functions is to help metabolize fat by producing bile. Bile works to break down fats, which then assists to filter toxins from your blood. If you are close to your ideal weight, your liver doesn’t have to work as hard (i.e., utilize other resources). This can help you feel more energized—and more motivated—to pursue your fitness and health goals.
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The need for a healthy diet should come as no surprise. High calorie meals with saturated fats, refined carbohydrates, and sugars overwork your liver. As your body’s filtration system, excessive fats and sugars can be taxing.
Focus on a whole food diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruit, cereals, and lean meats and avoid the chemicals and preservatives found in processed foods. A good rule of thumb for clean eating is to only eat foods with ingredients you can pronounce.
Did You Know?
Pumping iron—your liver stores important nutrients and vitamins (including iron) for you to use later.
Find a backbone—every animal on the planet with a spinal column has a liver.
Dad bod of organs—it’s normal for your liver to be around 10 percent fat, but anything above 10 percent may cause health issues.
Runner-up to the skin—your liver is your largest glandular organ, second only to the skin for the largest organ.
The Swiss Army organ—performing over 200 important functions every second, the liver is the hardest working organ in your body.
Drinking the right amount of water each day is significant for a variety of reasons. It helps regulate body temperature, keeps joints lubricated, and benefits sleep quality and cognition. To keep your liver operating at optimal levels, drink enough water to help the liver remove waste, process nutrients, and eliminate toxins from your blood, which is 60–70 percent water.
Without enough water, your blood will thicken, making it more difficult for your liver to process. Stay hydrated by drinking a half ounce for every pound you weigh. A 200-pound person should drink 100 ounces of water, or six pints, a day.
Exercise—at least 30 minutes a day—should be a cornerstone for all your health goals. Not only does it aid weight loss, it also strengthens your body and improves blood circulation. Exercise can also boost your energy and relieve stress on the liver, enhancing its ability to process toxins.
Responsible Alcohol Consumption
Beware of excessive drinking. Alcohol can damage or destroy liver cells and potentially scar your liver. Moderate alcohol use for healthy adults is one drink (12 ounces of beer or five ounces of wine) a day for women and two drinks a day for men. In lieu of alcohol, mix light citrus juice in water, or try sugar-free carbohydrate drinks.
Try Hepasil DTX
Your liver is designed to process not just the foods you eat, but all the environmental pollutants you’re exposed to every day. Consider a liver supplement to give this essential organ some healthy attention. Hepasil DTX contains ingredients to help support liver function and promote daily well-being.*
Made with the InCelligence Detox-Support Complex, Hepasil DTX delivers a unique blend of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) extract, alpha-lipoic acid (ALA), broccoli extract, green tea extract, turmeric, and Olivol olive-fruit scientifically developed to support your liver’s health. Hepasil DTX also offers antioxidant protection to maintain the integrity of your liver cells and help support normal liver function.*
Focus on Liver Health
The liver works hard to keep your digestive and circulatory systems running as they should. Give it some love with a healthy diet, plenty of water, exercise, limited alcohol, and Hepasil DTX. Check out these additional links to achieve your healthy weight-loss goals or to maintain your ideal weight.*