Four Nogs? Her liver also drinks it. Extra sauce? Your liver consumes it too. Half of a jellied cranberry log? Your liver would have stopped at a third, but you are in this situation together. , , The most important part is almost every bite you eat, and every drink you plaster is ultimately administered by the same organ in your body: your liver. Although it is one of your largest organs, what you do this month can overwhelm the whole thing and harm you in the long run. This means it has less bandwidth to regulate blood sugar, process cholesterol and produce the specific hormones you need. , , You know. , , Life. Here's how the wreck happens and how you can avoid it. (Note: In a nutshell.)
The first sip of alcohol. ,
When you drink one or two drinks, your liver starts kicking and triage: It turns the alcohol in your sidecar into harmless water and carbon dioxide, which you then expel or exhale. It also sticks to everything it can use, such as the antioxidants in wine or the carbohydrates in beer. The whole process is child's play for the liver, but the metabolism of alcohol produces fatty acids on the way, which are stored as triglycerides – a type of cholesterol – until the body can consume them. Usually, if you eat and drink reasonable amounts, they will be fine. Are you. .
A few drinks. ,
"If you binge, then binge again, then binge again, your liver will be shocked and unable to recover," says Christopher Koh, MD, a researcher at the National Institute for Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. The more you drink, the more your liver mixes these triglycerides into the "burn later" stack. , , until the pile is so big that your liver can not sink. This leads to inflammation and eventually kills liver cells, leaving scar tissue in their place (and can lead to cirrhosis, a problem that increasingly affects 25- to 34-year-olds). Not good. Only three sessions per week during the holiday season can trigger an inflammation if more than five servings of alcohol are involved in each trip in two hours. Not to mention when. ,
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Now something to eat. Eat a lot.
You do not even have to drink alcohol to mess up your liver. Seasonal foods (you know, saturated fat, refined carbohydrates, or processed red meat) in combination with a weight gain associated with your vacation can lead to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). "It is estimated that up to 30 percent of the US population has NAFLD and there are no symptoms, so people usually do not know anything and do nothing to reverse it," says Dr. Mazen Noureddin, Director of the Fatty Liver Disease Program in Cedars-Sinai. Meanwhile, this fat carries the same chaos – inflammation and possible scars – without the libations. NAFLD can evolve within six weeks if you really overdo it.
How to Beat "Restore"
Your liver can actually regenerate – if you stop beating it. You do not need an activated charcoal smoothie or beet juice detox cleaning. Your liver will be fine by itself if you put the crap out of the way. A month or so without a drop of alcohol (no beer during the game, no wine at the customer's dinner) can reduce fat storage in the liver and relieve inflammation. You can reverse some of the fat that causes NAFLD by cleaning up your diet and reducing your portion size: Losing 5 percent of your weight can reduce the fat in your liver by up to 30 percent.