Liver functions and Tips to Healthy Liver

The liver is a large fleshy organ located on the right side of the abdomen.  The liver weighs about 3 pounds and is reddish brown in color and rubbery to the touch.  You usually do not feel the liver because it is protected from the ribs.

 

    The liver has two large parts, called the right and left parts.  The gallbladder sits under the liver, along with parts of the pancreas and intestines.  The liver and these organs work together to digest, absorb and process food.

 

 

  Tips for a Healthy Liver:

  Reduce the amount of saturated fat, trans fat and hydrogenated fat in your diet.

 

     Saturated fats are found in fried foods, red meats and dairy products.  Processed foods contain trans and hydrogenated fats.  The liver stores excess fat in the diet, and the accumulation of fat can eventually lead to fatty liver disease.

 

     Eat more fiber-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains.  For protein, choose more fish, white meat, beans and nuts and cut down on red meat.

 

  Pay attention to your body weight

 

    Obesity, especially abdominal or central obesity, is a major risk factor for developing fatty liver disease.  A balanced diet and regular exercise will help you to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

 

    Achieve the ideal body mass index (BMI) goal.  The recommended healthy cut-off values ​​for Singaporeans are between 18.5 and 22.9.

 

    The main function of the liver is to filter the blood from the gastrointestinal tract before it can be transmitted to other parts of the body.  The liver removes toxins from the body and metabolizes drugs.  In doing so, the liver secretes bile, which returns to the intestines.  Liver proteins are important for blood clotting and other functions.

 

  Consider traditional medicine and solutions

 

    These over-the-counter traditional medicines or remedies contain heavy metals or unknown toxins.  They can poison the liver or cause stress and affect the normal functioning of your liver.

 

   Excessive supplements of traditional medicine can cause inflammation of the liver, which can lead to liver failure or failure.  If in doubt, consult your liver specialist before eating.

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