Think liver before over-indulging
IT is the time of the year when families feast
together. Chinese New Year is the time when rich
food abounds and cookies, soft drinks, chocolates
and cakes are the order of the day. Not to mention
wines and other alcoholic beverages.
Overindulgence is not uncommon during this
period. Many complaints of indigestion, heartburn,
diarrhoea, constipation, bloating and sluggishness
Not many know that all these symptoms may
eventually lead to bad skin, fatigue, weight gain,
elevated cholesterol levels and may even aggravate
Such overindulgence may lead to the formation
of free radicals in the body.
Excessive alcohol consumption may also strain
the liver and impair liver and digestive functions.
Therefore, using a natural remedy to prevent and
ease digestive symptoms may be beneficial.
As part of the digestive system, a healthy liver
will ensure proper digestion and detoxification.
Liver support facilitates the detoxification
processes within the liver, reduce liver overload
and encourages recovery and healing in the liver.
Nutrition and herbs can play an important role in
this, and prevent damage to the liver.
Milk thistle and dandelion are the two common
herbs that enhance the digestive and eliminative
systems by optimising liver function.
The active constituent in milk thistle, silymarin,
helps neutralise the damaging effects of free
radicals that are responsible for liver damage and
simultaneously stimulate protein synthesis for the
production of new liver cells.
Free radicals are highly reactive molecules that
can destroy cellular structures unless they are
effectively mopped up.
Dandelion is regarded as one of the finest liver
remedies due to its diuretic, cleansing effects.
It helps with bile flow, thus enhancing the
digestion of fats, fat-soluble vitamins and nutrients
as well as the elimination of toxins from the body.
Natural herbal and nutritional remedies to
• A mix of freshly grated ginger with a little lime
juice helps soothe the digestive tract and relieve
• Take probiotics such as Lactobacilli and
Bifidobacteria regularly to balance the gut micro-flora.
• Herbs such as psyllium husk, slippery elm and
chamomile may be beneficial in soothing the
• Supplementing your diet with a combination
of milk thistle and dandelion may help in
promoting good digestion.
• Prunes help to relieve mild constipation.
• Drink at least eight 250ml glasses of water or
other fluids a day.
• Lastly, ensure sufficient intake of fresh fruits and vegetables while
reducing the consumption of refined sugars and animal fats.