Function of the Liver
The first and foremost function of the liver is to detoxify the body, so reducing pain may involve reducing the filtering strain you place on your liver. This involves balancing your body’s intake of certain foods and medications. More importantly, it involves removing the toxins that are causing your liver too much stress.Reducing “Filtering Load”
Reducing liver pain starts with reducing the strain on this vital organ. You can reduce this strain with the following tips:
Drink a Ton of Water
Water is the #1 component of your body, and keeps everything running properly. Your liver cannot filter toxins properly without the water to carry away these toxins. In fact, some people with acute liver pain note that the pain goes away when they drink more water.
Reduce or Eliminate any Non-Essential Medications
Anything not prescribed by your doctor should be seriously questioned, and possibly eliminated. This includes Tylenol, Ibuprophen, and anything with Acetaminophen. The latter can be especially taxing on the liver.
Stop Alcohol Consumption Immediately
Drinking places a huge strain on your entire body, and each drink must be filtered out by your liver. Alcoholic beverages are made up of ethanol, a toxin to the human body.
Alter Protein Intake
A healthy amount of protein is very good for the body, but too much can cause ammonia buildup and subsequent health concerns. Also, the liver directly filters excess protein. Whether this is filtering good stress (like a workout) or bad stress (like being kicked in the face) is still up for debate. So try altering (reducing or increasing) the amount of protein you intake and see if this affects how you feel.
Promote Overall Health
Promoting your overall body health may sound like a vague thing to do, but it really is not. Your body is a system, and each organ (including the liver) works with every other body part to function properly. When one system becomes damaged or works incorrectly, the entire body is affected.
There are really two ways to improve overall body health:
1. Eat Right
Your diet should include plenty of high quality fats (unsaturated fats) and protein.
The first thing you should do is cut out processed garbage, like fries and cola drinks. This step alone will shed pounds and make you feel like a million bucks.
After that, kill the liquid calories. Eating an apple is not the same as drinking a glass or apple juice. The apple is great for you, but the juice will spike your blood sugar and pack on body fat. Stick with 1% milk or, get this, water for beverages.
Finally, limit your intake of high glycemic carbohydrates such as starches, breads, and rice. These foods send your blood glucose and insulin levels sky high, packing in body fat like clowns in a ford fiesta.
Just 20 minutes of getting off your butt each day can completely reverse insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, weight gain, and a whole host of other problems.
Every time you pick up your cell phone, just start walking.
You’ll rack up the minutes before you know it.
Also, it wouldn’t hurt to shut off the television and go to the gym now and then. The average American watches 23+ hours of TV every week! Cut out 3 hours of that, go hit the weights, and you’ll have your dream body in no time. Plus, the liver pain will probably go away with those love handles.