Three things you did not know about your liver

2 February 2021|Lifestyle| Off Comments off on Three things you did not know about your liver|

By Jo Cordell-Cooper*

THREE cheers for the liver.

I say this because the liver is a truly remarkable organ and is quite the adaptogen – meaning it can heal and grow and repair given the right environment.

I’ve recently been reading a lot about the liver.

As part of my holistic personal training business, I work with clients who had had large parts of their liver removed due to cancer, and months later it had completely regrown.

Additionally, I work with middle aged women, many who have fatty liver – a condition caused essentially by too much food.

The liver becomes sluggish.

Without going into the nitty gritty of the function of the liver, think of it as a big filter that excretes and activates many of the hormones and internal chemicals that keep the body healthy.

Of interest to me as a women’s wellness coach, is the changing function of the liver as we age.

The liver becomes 20-40 per cent smaller and has less blow flow.

Eat small meals more often and eat a diet that is rich in plants.

Heard of the Mediterranean Diet?

This diet is well regarded for improving heart health, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

It has plenty of antioxidant rich food that will help reduce inflammation within the body and improve liver function.

The ability of the liver to metabolise LDL cholesterol reduces by up to 35 per cent.

Reduce animal meat, processed food and takeaway foods cooked in oil.

Replace this with plant-based proteins and fish rich in omega 3 (healthy fats), as well as plenty of leafy greens and a colourful range of vegetables to reduce the amount of LDL cholesterol entering the body.

By the mid 50s, the liver can produce 25 per cent less bile – so metabolism of dietary fats is reduced.

Bile lubricates the intestines aiding digestion.

Reduce saturated fats in the body as your system cannot break them down like it used to.

Saturated fats (think high heat cooking oils, animal protein, dairy, coconut-based products) may find you running to the loo.

Foods believed to stimulate bile production are garlic, beets, radicchio, kale, endive, arugula, celery and radish, so add these to your plate.

Read just about any healthy clean eating plan and it comes back to a few dietary basics – eat more vegetables, reduce saturated fats and increase healthy omega 3 fats.

You can also consider switching animal protein with plant-based proteins as well as drinking more water and getting regular exercise.

Try the tips here as a starting point for improving your liver health and consult your health care team for more individualised advice.

*Jo Cordell-Cooper runs the award winning business Jo CC Holistic PT. For a free smoothies recipe book go to www.jocc.com.au/smoothies. Make contact directly on 0409 862 206, or jo@jocc.com.au for personal training and wellness coaching.

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