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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 arise.

Not many know that all these symptoms may eventually lead to bad skin, fatigue, weight gain, elevated cholesterol levels and may even aggravate the joints.

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 consider:

A mix of freshly grated ginger with a little lime juice helps soothe the digestive tract and relieve flatulence.

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 digestive tract.

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.

 

 
 

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