Tag: liver health
Q: A friend of mine takes an antidepressant that affects serotonin. What is serotonin, and what does it do?
A: Serotonin is a neurotransmitter—a chemical that transmits messages between neurons in the brain and to the central nervous system. Serotonin has been described as a “feel-good” neurotransmitter, since it is believed
The liver doesn’t actually contain nerves, so the organ itself can’t feel pain. Even so, the sensation of liver pain can occur because the layer of tissue that surrounds the organ—it’s called Glisson’s Capsule—does contain nerves. Any diseases affecting the liver that increase its size can result in what feels
Your liver is a real multi-tasker, performing more than 500 functions. Located in the upper right side of the abdomen, just below your diaphragm, the liver helps transform nutrients into energy, makes bile for fat digestion, stores vitamins and minerals, makes proteins needed to fight infections and clot blood, and
Most of us don’t think twice about swallowing a couple of over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers for back pain, muscle aches, or a headache. But, in recent years, research has revealed that these OTC products are not as benign as we once thought, and that long-term and/or excessive use actually may
Hepatitis is the top ailment often associated with liver health. It is an inflammation of the liver generally caused by viral infection. An inflamed liver becomes swollen and tender, which can impair or permanently damage the organ.
The hepatitis viruses are identified as A, B, C, D, and E. Any of
A recent survey suggests that dietary supplements other than vitamins and minerals remain the most common complementary health approach used by Americans. But while dietary supplements are frequently advertised as being beneficial for our health, many of them interact with medications seniors take to treat age-related diseases and conditions. Others
Glutathione is the main antioxidant used by the body, and research shows that depleted glutathione may contribute to conditions like Parkinson’s disease, autism, and cystic fibrosis.
Extracts from the milk thistle plant have numerous health benefits. These impressive milk thistle uses range from boosting bone strength to fighting cancer and more.
Many of us want to simplify our lives and do a detox cleanse to ring in the New Year. The simple detox program presented here—consisting of a liver detox tea and the Elimination Diet— is uncomplicated, inexpensive, and effective!