The liver is a very large organ, similar in size to a football.  It is nestled away in the upper right side of the abdomen. The liver has many life-sustaining functions, most importantly making energy for the body to function, filtering blood contents, including foods, vitamins, medicines, toxins and many other items.  The liver also creates numerous blood clotting and immune factors.

The liver is considered the energy plant for the body and does this by processing all the food you eat into usable fuel for your body. If you eat fatty foods all day, you will make fatty energy. If you eat a healthy well-balanced, non-processed diet, you will make healthy optimum energy. The common saying, “you are what you eat” is very true when it comes to your liver. There are no specific “liver diets” that immediately aid the liver and decrease fat content.  At Covenant we are big proponents of the Mediterranean diet, or similar plan, with stable portions of fish and chicken.

A healthy liver has no problems handling any of its many responsibilities. But an unhealthy liver will make less energy and can lead to numerous health problems and can decrease the number of years that you live!

An abundance of food creates an abundance of energy. Your liver is not able to control levels of energy production and continues to produce energy that will be unused and stored as fat. A good way then to make sure that energy gets used is to work on increasing muscle mass and raising your basal metabolic rate, the rate at which your body uses energy even at rest. We stress the importance of a low impact leg workout. Since your leg muscles are one of the largest muscle groups in your body and a muscle group that you use every day; they are a lot easier when it comes to maintaining tone and muscle mass. Working on your legs also increases your stability and balance. The best recommendation is to exercise to burn calories while protecting your joints, we don’t want you trading joint health for liver health; so keep exercises simple and low impact, which could include everything from walking to water aerobics, to a stationary bike.

Please contact us for any questions regarding your liver.
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