Post-New Year’s Liver Rescue
Got big plans for New Year’s Eve?
I’m guessing that for many of you those plans will involve enjoying a few (or more!) alcoholic beverages.
While indulging in occasional wine or spirits won’t destroy your liver, any alcohol going through your body does have to go through your liver, which has effects on it over time.
So, when the party is over, consider trying a little liver detox to get the year off to a good start. We’ve got a great liver tonic and some other tips for protecting your liver below.
Alcohol and Your Liver
Your liver works to process any alcohol you take in, filters out other toxins that enter your body and processes fats and sugars.
The reason that you get intoxicated when you drink, is that your liver can only process so much alcohol at one time.
Healthchecksystems.com explains in more detail: “The liver is able to metabolize about ½ ounce of ethanol per hour (approximately one drink, depending on a person’s body size, food intake, etc.). If more alcohol arrives in the liver than the enzymes can handle, the excess alcohol travels to all parts of the body, circulating until the liver enzymes are finally able to process it. (Which is another good reason not to consume more than one drink per hour.).”
Continuous drinking, such as binge drinking at a party, taxes your liver. This can result in damaged liver cells. Over time, drinking too much alcohol can result in chronic inflammation, cirrhosis (scarring) and even cancer.
Most people won’t experience any major symptoms after just one night of drinking. Some alcoholic beverages even have health benefits when enjoyed in moderation. However, sensitivity levels differ. It’s impossible to know exactly how much is too much for an individual.
Detox with milk thistle
There are a lot of recipes out there for liver detoxes. There are even liver detox systems you can purchase.
I’ve read many articles about how to know you need a liver detox. There are some sensible procedures recommended, and there are some extreme ones.
A good general rule of thumb is that you shouldn’t need to buy a kit or program to “clean” your liver. Supporting your liver with good nutrition and encouraging it to heal itself should be enough.
Milk thistle is an herb. The oil is made by pressing the seeds of the plant. It’s easy to use and is very potent. It has been thoroughly researched as a liver tonic.
The main active component of milk thistle that benefits your liver is silymarin.
Silymarin blocks toxins that are damaging to your liver, including alcohol and drugs. At HealthAmbition.com they expand on that:
“Studies have shown that ‘silymarin exerts membrane-stabilizing and antioxidant activity, it promotes hepatocyte regeneration; furthermore it reduces the inflammatory reaction, and inhibits the fibrogenesis in the liver.’
In other words, it both protects your liver from damage and helps you liver heal damage that has already occurred.
Gluthathione is believed to be the most important antioxidant for liver health and milk thistle helps to increase the amount of this antioxidant in your body by about 35%.
Plus, as Sandra Kim Leong at SelfGrowth.com says; “Milk thistle has in fact, been found to be great for liver function even for those that suffer from an already damaged liver. So if you drink alcohol regularly and are at risk of liver disease, then milk thistle can help repair this vital organ. It also has preventative healing abilities for the bowels and gall bladder.”
Milk thistle does more than protect your liver
You can find out more about the healing benefits of Milk Thistle, by clicking here.
Other things you can do to protect your liver
- Stick to drinking in moderation. Binge drinking, even for one night, taxes the liver. Over time, that damage will take its toll.
- Don’t drink every day. Give your body time to process the alcohol you’ve consumed and detoxify your blood.
- Stay hydrated. This is always important, but especially when you’re drinking. Having plenty of water and natural electrolytes (like magnesium) in your system before and after drinking alcohol will help to flush it out of your system.
- Provide your body with the nutrition it needs to heal and replenish. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and incorporate milk thistle oil into your daily routine.
Get yourself a bottle of Panaseeda Milk Thistle here. It’s Perfectly Pressed to ensure maximum freshness and potency.
We’ve created a liver detox smoothie recipe to get you started. Milk thistle is just one of the liver-smart ingredients we used! Click on the image to get it free.
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