Joint and Liver Care - The Supportive Duo for all Lifestyles
When was the last time you thought about your joints or your liver? Safe to say, these two are the (unnoticed but incredibly essential) underdogs of our body functions! If you don't notice anything, don't sweat it; it means your joints and liver support you the way they should!
Here is what you need to know about your joints and liver! And how they do all sorts of goodness for your body.
Praise those Joyful Joints!
Have you ever wondered how you get your body moving fluidly? How can you use your fingers to scroll down on this blog? Or, how can you bust down some slick dance moves in a flash? *excuse us a second while we quickly do the wave with our arms.
That was funky. Sorry for the quick intermission! Here's the reason why you're able to do all these movements; joints! That's right; they're located where one bone meets another - your joints are responsible for most activity in your body.
Let's put it to test
If you ever wanted to do a quick test to determine the range of motion your body has because of those happy and healthy joints. It's as simple as doing the hokey pokey dance that we all learnt in primary school.
You know how it goes "You put one hand in, you put one hand out. You put one hand in, and you shake it all about. You do the hokey pokey, and you turn around. That's what it's all about". The glorious memories attached to that song/dance, what a walk down memory lane, hey? Who would've thought a children's song could teach us about the joints in our bodies? Thanks, Wiggles!
There are three classifications of joints and their range of movement; fibrous, cartilaginous and synovial.
Fibrous joints are immovable; they are found on the roof and sides of the braincase and in the upper part of the face.
Cartilaginous joints are moderately moveable. They can are found as discs linking your spine together.
Synovial joints have full mobility; these joints are the main ones in your body and can be found all over the body, in your ankles, wrists, knees, shoulders and hips. You know what that means! Swing those hips!
The Legendary Liver!
Now that we know the role joints play in our bodies, it's time to learn what role the liver plays!
The liver is an essential organ that works tirelessly to perform hundreds of functions to keep your body fit and on the go.
The liver works as a toxin filter. All the blood that leaves the stomach and intestines passes through the liver; It works to regulate the chemical levels in the blood, balancing and creating the nutrients for the rest of the body to absorb.
And that isn't even everything the liver does! Here are some of the liver's most vital roles in our bodies.
- Produces bile for the body to break down food
- Rid blood of toxins
- Responsible for all metabolic processes in the body
- Has vitamin K to help blood clot
- Stores energy sources for the body to use
- Control the blood supply in the body
The liver is so vital you can't live without it! Although, a fun fact is that you can live with part of a liver, and your liver can regenerate itself after damage. Talk about unique talent!
What does the liver look like? Where is it in our bodies?
The liver is reddish-brown, shaped like a cone and weighs just over one kilogram. It's the largest internal organ in your body! This magical organ is located in the upper right section of the abdomen - on top of the stomach and below the diaphragm.
Why is it important to look after your joints and liver?
It's crucial to keep our joints healthy and our liver healthy! Here's why.
Some conditions individually affect the joints and the liver. They aren't preventable, but there are ways to help support your body through these conditions.
The conditions that affect the joints are:
Arthritis is the swelling of the joints; there are two common types of arthritis - osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis causes cartilage to break down, and rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that attacks the lining of joints.
Gout is another type of arthritis. It's typical for a gout flare-up to happen at night, a gout flare-up leaves the affected joints in intense pain, which can last for 12 hours, and the discomfort can last for as long as a week.
A condition that affects the liver is:
Jaundice affects the body by turning the skin, sclera and mucous membranes yellow. It happens when too much bilirubin builds up in the body, which means many red blood cells break down in the liver.
How to better support your joints and your liver
There are day-to-day - lifestyle changes that you can do to support your body. This includes
- Learn self-management skills
Learn the proper skills you need to know so you can feel more in control and make valuable decisions about your health.
- Be active
Regularly keeping active is the best way to care for all body parts. Physical activity supports mood, sleep, bone health and overall quality of life.
- Protect your joints
It's crucial to ensure that your activities are low impact and easy on the joints - joint injury can worsen arthritis.
- Eat well
Joint and liver support include eating well. MayoClinic suggests avoiding red meat, trans fats, processed carbohydrates and high fructose corn syrup for a healthy liver. Cary Ortho offers choosing foods that build bone density and strengthen connective tissue; they suggest a diet high in omega 3 fatty acids, nuts and seeds, brassica vegetables, whole grains and olive oil.
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We know turmeric is excellent for supporting joints, but turmeric also works wonders on the liver! Turmeric contains curcumin, a powerful antioxidant; this provides a smooth and natural flow of the bile duct in the liver.
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Healthy doses of living have never been better! Support your joints and liver health now!