Are You Still Maintaining Your Healthy Lifestyle During Festive Season?
Lunar New Year has just passed recently. However, did you still maintain what you have been doing all this while to keep your good health in this festive season?
All we can see is healthy diets and exercise plans are replaced by big meals, drinks and staying up late nights to hang out with friends and family. Many people feel guilty for eating too much, or even dread stepping on the scales after the holidays.
Can overindulging on these special occasions have a negative impact on your health? The answer is yes. Unhealthy lifestyle could increase the burden to your liver. Liver is the largest internal organ in our body. Few of us ever give any thought to our liver. However, this resilient and hard-working organ is a critical factor in our health. Thus, we need to give it the respect and care that it deserves.
Impressively, liver can perform as many as 500 different biological functions! One of its main function is to act as a filter and processor for various substances formed internally and externally. For instance, liver helps to process the food that we eat into energy and nutrients. Besides, it removes harmful substances from the blood. The other functions include regulate cholesterol, manufacture bile, store utilized fats and sugar.
In such case of overindulging during the festive season, our liver is subjected and overloaded with damaging effects from excessive intake of high-fat food, highly processed foods, alcohol and sugary drinks. These factors might interfere with the liver enzymes production and causing oxidative damage. The symptoms of an overburdened liver are bloating, constipation, fatigue, and hormonal imbalances. Hence, it is very important for us to take good care of our liver by maintaining a healthy lifestyle.