Good liver, good health

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Healthy Liver -

THE largest in­ter­nal or­gan of the hu­man body, the liver is a mul­ti­tasker that works con­stantly and silently.

It helps clean the blood by detox­i­fy­ing toxic and harm­ful sub­stances into safe ma­te­ri­als. It plays a ma­jor role in fat me­tab­o­lism, se­cret­ing bile that breaks down fat and lipids.

The liver is also re­spon­si­ble for reg­u­lat­ing blood sup­ply. It does so by stor­ing blood, pro­duc­ing proteins that are im­por­tant in blood clot­ting, and break­ing down old or dam­aged blood cells so they can be re­moved from the body.

In ad­di­tion, the liver helps con­trol blood sugar lev­els. When sugar level in the blood drops, the liver im­me­di­ately breaks down glyco­gen and re­leases sugar into the blood.

The liver con­verts am­mo­nia, a toxic byprod­uct of pro­tein me­tab­o­lism, into harm­less urea, which is then trans­ported to the kid­neys and ex­creted in urine.

The health of our liver is af­fected by var­i­ous fac­tors, such as tox­ins, obe­sity, an in­ac­tive life­style, viruses, type II di­a­betes, ge­netic fac­tors, drug abuse and heavy al­co­hol con­sump­tion.

Non-al­co­holic fatty liver dis­ease, hep­ati­tis, liver can­cer and al­co­hol­re­lated liver dis­ease are the most com­mon types of liver dis­ease around the world.

There are many foods that can help keep your liver healthy.

Oat­meal or whole grains – Fatty liver is the re­sult of fat buildup in the or­gan, which may ob­struct the nor­mal func­tion­ing of

the liver. Reg­u­larly tak­ing whole grains or other forms of com­plex car­bo­hy­drate may help pre­vent fatty liver dis­ease.

Cof­fee – Drink­ing cof­fee can help pro­tect your liver. Stud­ies show that drink­ing cof­fee can have ben­e­fi­cial out­comes for liver dis­ease pa­tients and in­di­vid­u­als at risk of liver dis­ease.

Turmeric – The ac­tive com­pound found in turmeric, known as cur­cumin, has an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory ef­fects and an­tiox­i­dant prop­er­ties, which help keep the liver healthy.

Other foods such as al­monds, blue­ber­ries, spinach, broc­coli and green tea are also good for your liver.

In ad­di­tion to hav­ing a healthy, bal­anced diet, you should ex­er­cise reg­u­larly and drink plenty of wa­ter in­stead of sweet drinks. Limit al­co­hol con­sump­tion and avoid foods that are pro­cessed or high in sugar and salt.

The liver helps con­trol blood sugar lev­els. When sugar level in the blood drops, the liver im­me­di­ately breaks down glyco­gen and re­leases sugar into the blood.

This ar­ti­cle is brought to you by 21st Cen­tury Prod­ucts (M) Sdn Bhd.

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