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LOOK AFTER YOUR LIVER and your liver will look after YOU

Considering a January detox? Hold that thought–your liver is already doing it. We reveal how to keep this vital organ healthy and avoid the toxic pseudoscience

HEALTH

THE URGE WE GET TO DETOX with extreme diets isn’t based on fact, say health experts. Yet every year, come January, ‘cleansing’ and ‘detoxing’ become the norm.

In truth, our body is busy detoxing long before the new year sets in, thanks to several of our major organs filtering out the ‘bad’ bits we don’t want in our system and removing them. Our lungs, kidneys, colon, and even our skin are vital in the detox processes our bodies go through every single second of every single day. But in January – often after a booze-fuelled few weeks – it’s one particular detox organ that needs our full attention: the liver.

Few of us understand what our liver really does. Sure, we’re aware that regularly drinking too much is bad news and can eventually lead to cirrhosis. But if you’re not sure about the stages in between, here’s what you should know…

THE MAIN FUNCTIONS OF THE LIVER

Filtering and removing toxins A natural detoxer, the liver removes waste products from the blood and turns toxins into less harmful substances that can then be excreted from the body.

Producing proteins to help blood clot It produces proteins that have other functions, too, such as transporting substances like cholesterol or iron around the body.

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