Move more and sit less, for a healthy liver!

Keeping active and exercising regularly can have a huge benefit to your overall health and your liver by reducing the build-up of fats and therefore helping to lessen the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and prevent fatty liver disease. The UK guidelines for adults is to do at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity, such as riding a bike, hiking or playing doubles tennis, and reduce the amount of sedentary time. It is thought that when we sit for long periods of time, our metabolism slows down. This has an adverse effect on our body’s ability to regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and break down body fat. Sedentary time includes the time we spend working at a desk, watching T

The Low Down on Sugar

A healthy liver should contain little or no fat. A diet high in fat and sugars can overload the liver with triglycerides, which are the most common fats in our bodies. A diet low in fat and sugars can help keep your liver healthy. Here's our view on sugars and how to reduce the amount of 'free sugars' in your diet. Sugars can be categorised into two types: Natural or Intrinsic Sugars – are sugars that are found naturally within the cell structure of WHOLE foods (for example, fruits and vegetables) or are found naturally in milk and dairy products. Free or Added Sugars – are sugars that are added to foods and drinks, or sugars found naturally in fruit juice, honey and syrups such as maple, co

5 Ways to Love Your #Liver

The liver performs well over 500 different functions and one of the hardest working organs in our body. It hardly ever complains until it's really strained. Perhaps, that's why we don't pay much attention to this vital organ. Small lifestyle changes can make a big difference to your #LiverHealth. Most of these are easy to follow and require minimal effort on our part. So, without much due, here are some easy ways to look after your liver. 1. Get plenty of sleep Sleep is essential for a host of reasons, of liver health is one. In a recent study by the University of Alabama, researchers found a link between disruption to our body's circadian clock and the liver disease. Make sure you get betwe

What actually is a healthy diet?

Eating a healthy diet is important to keep yourself feeling good and your liver happy. Diets that claim to help ‘detox’ your liver are not required as there is no evidence that toxins build-up in the liver. Some of these ‘detox’ or ‘liver cleansing’ diets can be potentially dangerous for people with liver disease. Following a healthy, varied diet is the best solution. So what actually is a healthy diet? 1. Eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables each day Less than 3 in 10 adults and less than 1 in 10 teenagers currently achieve the 5-a-day fruit and vegetable target (NDNS, 2016). You can choose from fresh, frozen, tinned or dried. Fruit juice and smoothies also count towards your

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