The liver is a fundamental endocrine gland for human metabolism as it performs numerous useful functions.
- Produces bile , a dark yellow viscous liquid that is essential for the digestion of fats and fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamins A, D, E and K
- Stores glycogen , iron , copper and vitamin B12
- Transforms stored glycogen into plasma glucose when needed; therefore, it plays an important role in keeping blood sugar constant
- It acts as an anti-toxin "filter" : its cells possess useful characteristics for the neutralization of toxic substances and drug residues
- It disposes of damaged red blood cells
However, it is a very vulnerable organ : abuse of alcohol, smoking, drugs, viral infections, excess fat in the diet, sedentary lifestyle but also stress or anxiety can cause damage and dysfunctions to it.
These include, to name a few, swelling and / or pain in the upper right quadrant of the abdomen, difficulty in digestion following a high-fat meal, nausea and intestinal irregularities.
Therefore a balanced lifestyle is the best prevention against liver problems.
To keep it healthy it is therefore good to pay attention first of all to nutrients , favoring the consumption of foods such as whole grains (quinoa, millet, oats), cruciferous and green leafy vegetables (beets, lettuce, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower) and rich foods in vitamin C (citrus, papaya and kiwi) that stimulate the production of bile and enzymes capable of strengthening and regenerating the liver.
Also important is glutathione , a molecule present in abundant quantities in fruits such as avocado and walnuts ; the latter also contain arginine, an amino acid that helps expel (toxic) ammonia in the liver.
It is also good to do physical activity regularly to have a healthy, "clean" and strong liver: physical exercise, in fact, allows you to avoid problems such as overweight and promotes the health of the immune system.
Half an hour of light physical activity a day, such as walking or cycling, is enough to see enormous benefits.
When this is not enough, you can aim for natural remedies such as turmeric or light herbal cleansers , able to support liver function while eliminating toxins.
In fact, if you notice digestive difficulties, a sense of heaviness and swelling as a result of overeating or habits that are known to be incorrect, it may be useful to carry out a light purification with a product such as Depur Complex , based on vegetable extracts of marian thistle or, artichoke , gotu kola, turmeric, grapefruit seed extract and goldenrod.
A purification carried out in a light but correct way, with plant synergies created ad hoc like this one, can be sufficient to solve various ailments that have a hepatic origin.
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Turmeric, on the other hand, has a strong antioxidant action which makes it a valid hepatoprotector and promotes both liver and digestive function.
Its intake increases the production in the liver of some antitoxic and antioxidant substances such as glutathione; when the body is under physical or mental stress , the consumption of turmeric can therefore be very healthy.