How healthy is your liver? Sitting just to the right of the stomach, your liver is the body’s largest gland used for detoxification. It is responsible for purifying blood and creating bile, which helps your body to digest fats. Without a properly functioning liver, you can become over-encumbered with toxins and pesticide residues that cannot find an exit, only to recirculate into your blood.
The liver is also responsible for breaking down alcohol, drugs (including antibiotics and pharmaceutical meds), and hormones, as well as converting stored sugar into glucose. It also stores some vitamins and iron for the body’s use.
Superfoods will help you:
- Maximise your nutrition to improve your health
- Slow the ageing process and fight diseases
- Power up your immune system to prevent colds and flu’s
- Fight free radicals to reduce your risk of cancer by 30%
- Improve your heart-health to prevent heart disease and heart attacks by 35%
- Boost your metabolism to help you burn calories and be energised
Take care of your liver problems with these four yoga poses
Move through these poses as fluidly as you can, breathing deeply in and out as you do so.
#1. Mountain pose: Stand with your feet together, chin slightly tilted towards to ceiling and your hands a few centimetres from your sides, palms facing forward.
#2. Upward facing hands: As you breathe in, move your hands towards the ceiling keeping your arms straight. Look up towards your hands and place your palms together.
#3. Standing fold: As you breathe out again lead your body forward with your hands. Keep your legs straight and bend forward at the waist until your hands are on the floor. Round your back with your head tucked towards your knees.
#4. Half-forward fold: Raise your head and look forward. Straighten your back and raise your torso slightly while you bend your knees. Raise your arms for balance. Hold for a few seconds and return to the fold.
Take your time through each of these poses and make sure you concentrate on your form and breathing. You should feel relaxed and energised and your liver will feel a lot happier too.