The Liver And It’s Upkeep
This article has been researched and written by Arelang Naturals® in-house writers.
The world today is not short of stressors. An impending work deadline, a disagreement with your significant other, the money we didn't make, and the car you didn't buy. The list is unending, and the stresses are infinite. That, inadvertently, stresses the body's systems and processes. And bang! We fall ill and reach out for the best medicine in our bedside drawer. And then we reach out for another one. While these external aides help calm the exterior, they are causing unseen and sometimes irreversible damage to our insides - mainly our liver, which ends up getting over stressed and over exerted assimilating all the extra supplements, tablets and enzymes we pop in.
Just like a chameleon can regenerate disabled limbs, the human liver can regenerate itself and is the body's only regenerative organ. A tough, resilient organ, it has 500 functions to its name. It helps your body produce bile, helps get nutrients from the food we eat and distribute it to other organs, breaks down fats, controls blood sugar and hormone levels, and is vital to keep us alive. It is also the one-stop shop for everything we eat, drink and consume. All things that go into our body, will eventually pass through our liver. Think of it as the toughest checkpoint. It rids the body of toxins and ensures they are excreted, steadily and efficiently. No matter the germs and toxins, it cleans up really fine and keeps us alive. So it is not an exaggeration to say that liver health should be our prime concern but like most things, even the liver has its limits.
To understand better, let's first break a common myth: Alcohol is the only substance that can damage your liver. That couldn't be further from the truth. While drinking a large amount of alcohol, even for just a few days, can lead to a build-up of fats in the liver and can lead to fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, and liver cirrhosis, it is not the only poison that harms your liver. Read on.
The food we consume today is not the powerhouse it once used to be. They may have become larger but they give us an even smaller amount of nutrients and vitamins. This fact has become the number one reason that people turn to supplements a.k.a 'multivitamin pills'. While these are commonly available, they are often unregulated and we always never read product labels and are unaware of the quantity and quality of ingredients that go into our bodies. Many of these supplements boast micronutrients, vitamins, and minerals that are way over the stipulated daily requirements. Getting an excess of the good stuff sounds like a win but, it is a loss for your body. Just like everything we consume goes through the liver, the ingredients from these supplements also travel to the liver. Here, it absorbs as much as it needs and discards the rest. Well, not all of it. Because there is only so much the liver can do, it excretes as much as it can and stores the remaining. Your body goes through this each time you pop that pill. It does this until it can no longer take it and hence ends up damaging itself. This leads to excess scar tissue formation that eventually could lead to liver damage and cirrhosis.
For example, studies show that excess green tea consumption can increase the amount of catechin in the body and lead to liver damage or hepatotoxicity. The same is true for antibiotics and other medications we put into our bodies. Antibiotics are a common cause of drug-induced liver injuries that can have long-term repercussions and lifelong damage. Have you not noticed the paracetamol doses increase gradually from the 165mg norm back in the day to 650mg now?
On the flip side, a lack of essential nutrients and vitamins can also lead to liver damage. A diet that is not balanced, an excess of sugary and fatty foods above stipulated norms can cause a large accumulation of fat in the liver giving you a fatty liver. Inadequate diets can hamper the self-regeneration abilities of the liver, increasing the chances of accumulation of unwanted substances in the body. Here is what liver damage can look like:
- Skin and eyes that look yellowish
- Chronic fatigue
- Nausea and vomiting
- Dark urine colour
- Itchy skin
- Swelling in legs and ankles
- Abdominal pain and swelling
This makes it imperative to be mindful of what goes into our bodies. While self-medicating can be reassuring, it can cause irreversible damage to essential organs in the body. It is imperative to read labels and take those supplements that give your body only the apt quantity and quality of ingredients that it needs, not more, not less. When it comes to alcohol, it is best to reduce it to a bare minimum. Antibiotics are blessings in disguise when it comes to healing some illnesses, however, it is best to use them only when prescribed by medical professionals and use them minimally. A lifestyle that is not sedentary and involves regular exercise and upkeep can help not only the liver but overall health and longevity.
Supplementing with Caim by arelang not only allows you to enjoy the entire supplementation process, but with the research that has been done into formulating the products, the ingredients used in the formulation are just about as much as the body can absorb. Nothing more, nothing less, ensuring that the body gets what it needs in the highest potency possible and the quantity that's enough to make the synergies of the formulation work best. Its never too late to start your wellness journey right - check out the products on the store
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