Repairing Your Liver's Holiday Damage

Find out how to help your liver recover from the holiday season.

Repairing Your Liver's Holiday Damage

The holiday season can do a number on your liver. Most of us drink and eat a lot more than we did in the lead-up to the winter months, and it’s your liver that bears the brunt of that increase. Ready to give it some TLC? Find out how you can reboot your liver for the New Year in just three days.

Cut Out Alcohol

Alcohol puts a significant amount of stress on your liver. Alcohol is toxic to your body, which means your liver is responsible for breaking it down into safer forms that can be quickly eliminated. The more alcohol you drink, the harder your liver has to work and the more damage it takes in the process. Cutting out booze for three days will allow your liver to repair some of the damage that might have been done.

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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