Liver: a stress barometer

Anger hurts them, while a walk in fresh fear works favorably on them. Take care of the health of your liver, one of the most important organs in the body, whose role is to fight all the pressures of the modern lifestyle.

Do you even know what the function of the liver is? They purify two liters of blood per minute and produce a liter of bile per day. But we only notice all this if a problem arises. Pain in the part of the abdomen where the liver is located reminds us that we need to be careful with our diet. But this organ, in addition to being involved in digestion and metabolism, is also an outstanding chemical laboratory tasked with neutralizing much of the toxins – from the polluted air we inhale to the drugs we ingest.

Liver up close

They weigh about a pound and a half and are the largest gland in our body. They are located in the upper right part of the abdomen, below the diaphragm. They are divided into four large lobes, have smooth surfaces and brownish color. They are associated with the gallbladder, the sac where bile accumulates, the secretion from the liver that participates in the digestion of fats. If the bile contains too much cholesterol and calcium, stones can form in the gallbladder. The basic cells of the liver are hepatocytes: on average, they ‘live’ for 150 days and regenerate quickly.

Chinese liver medicine

The liver is considered an energy transmitter in traditional Chinese medicine. Nervous tension blocks them – as if they were suddenly stopped by a driving car. When you are frustrated or angry, it acts like a poison on your liver. Hence the saying that something is ‘going to our livers’ – that means it annoys us. According to Chinese medicine, other symptoms of stress also depend on the liver: headaches, muscle cramps and menstrual cramps.

Get rid of stress

Relax and forget about all the pressures. Take a walk in nature as this restores the liver.

Careful with coffee. Coffee is treated with large amounts of pesticides during cultivation, and carcinogenic products are formed during roasting. All this must be turned by the liver into non-hazardous substances. No wonder many who loved to drink coffee in large quantities in their youth no longer tolerate this drink in old age. The biochemical explanation for this phenomenon lies in the depletion of the liver, namely in the reduced levels of enzymes needed to break down caffeine.

Warm the liver. This organ, which operates at 40 degrees, needs heat. Keep them warm if you have digestive problems, and put warm yarrow compresses on your stomach.

Do not drink alcohol and do not smoke. Drinking alcohol maximally forces the liver to dissolve metabolites such as the body’s toxic acetaldehyde. Frequent consumption of alcohol interferes with the production of digestive enzymes in the liver, resulting in reduced absorption of fats, proteins and fat-soluble vitamins, as well as B vitamins (especially B1 and folic acid). The toxic effects of alcohol on the liver include the accumulation of fat in them (fatty liver) and the possibility of hepatitis (inflammatory changes in liver cells) and cirrhosis. Remember, women are much more sensitive to alcohol than men! Cigarette smoke also contains many toxic particles with benzipyrene, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, cyanide, tar, acetaldehyde, acrolein, etc.

Pay attention to oral contraceptives. The liver of women, who do not get enough B vitamins and / or proteins, find it harder to convert estrogen into a non-toxic form – estriol, so it remains in the form of estradiol, which is toxic to the liver. Elevated estradiol levels are associated with emotional disorders such as rapid mood swings and obsessive-compulsive behavior.

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