The functioning of your liver can be disturbed by alcohol abuse but also by the consumption of foods high in sugar and fat, especially if you do not do physical activity.
To keep it healthy and preserve its functions, it is very important to take care of your liver every day.
- 1 What are the functions of the liver?
- 2 How to keep your liver healthy?
- 3 And at HEYME, what does mutual insurance give?
What are the functions of the liver?
The liver performs up to 500 different functions. From an anatomical and functional point of view, it is a gland which synthesizes, secretes and stores certain substances such as the proteins necessary for blood coagulation, for example. It is also he who manufactures about 50% of the cholesterol present in the blood. It produces glucose and helps your body maintain blood sugar levels.
It weighs about 1.8 kg and accumulates iron stores as well as some fat-soluble vitamins. It helps to cleanse the body of harmful substances and toxins, eliminating them through bile or blood.
To function properly, the liver needs 13% of the blood flow that circulates through our veins.
How to keep your liver healthy?
A healthy and balanced diet and physical activity are necessary to keep the liver healthy, but not only. Here are all our recommendations.
1. Consume fresh foods
Ideally, fresh foods are preferred to prepared foods that contain too much fat, salt and sugar. For your meals, use oils rich in unsaturated fatty acids, such as extra virgin olive oil.
Consume more fruits and vegetables, such as kiwis, grapes, cherries, artichokes and asparagus. Their vitamin intake is considerable!
It is recommended to reduce the consumption of these foods:
- Foods high in saturated fatty acids, such as sausages, salami, bacon, butter, cheeses and whole milk;
- Carbohydrates or simple sugars, sugary drinks, candies, white rice, pastries, flour;
- Fries ;
- Alcohol and alkaloids contained in coffee (caffeine), tea (theine) and chocolate (theobromine).
2. Hydrate your body
Hydration plays a fundamental role in keeping bile fluid fluid. A viscous bile flows less which becomes toxic for liver cells.
Drink about 2 liters of water a day. You can add natural flavors like lemon, mint or cucumber, to consume within 24 hours of preparation. Water also helps the kidneys to expel toxins processed by the liver.
3. Have a healthy snack
If you feel peckish in the late morning or mid-afternoon, opt for a healthy and nutritious snack such as dried fruit or fresh fruit, respecting the quantities and portions.
When you buy food, read the labels carefully, you will get more information about their nutritional content.
4. Move often
Regular physical activity promotes well-being and reduces the fatty content present in the liver. Whether in a gym, in the park, at the swimming pool, or climbing the stairs, the imperative remains the same: to move.
5. Protect yourself from blows
If you practice a sport that involves physical contact, it is good to protect the area where the liver is located. Receiving blows in this part of the body can be dangerous.
6. Avoid self-medication
Some active ingredients used in medicines can damage the liver. Do not abuse it and always ask your doctor’s advice before taking anything.
7. Breathe clean air
The liver is responsible for your metabolism and all the substances that enter our body, including those that come through your lungs. Take a walk to breathe some fresh air and your liver will thank you.
And at HEYME, what does mutual insurance give?
At HEYME from €9.90/month we cover your essential needs: hospitalization, routine care, pharmacy. And if you need extended coverage, we offer 4 levels of guarantees to meet your expectations.
Regardless of the level chosen, you have unlimited access to medical teleconsultation 24 hours a day with ABI. You can consult a doctor from your smartphone and directly from your sofa!
We also provide you with an app to view your reimbursements, download your third-party payment card, send us your documents and find a doctor near you!
And the icing on the cake… an app with good deals and discounts on your favorite brands: shopping, cinema, restaurant…
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