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10 Warnings Signs Your Liver Is Stressed And Needs A Detox

10 Warnings Signs Your Liver Is Stressed And Needs A Detox

To be healthy, we need all our organs to be healthy, working together in tandem like a well-oiled machine. The liver is no different. The liver is a regulatory organ, keeping command over the entire digestive, absorptive and gastro-intestinal tract. A sluggish liver can slow down the entire digestive system, leaving you with poor nutrition, chronic fatigue and other health problems. Here are ten signs pointing to a stressed liver in need of a detox that you may not have known about.

1. A distended abdomen, with discomfort

Being gassier than usual, having abdominal discomfort, and bloating can all be signs to liver damage. The bloating and discomfort usually comes from developing ascites – accumulation of fluid between the abdominal wall and other organs – and can even cause you to be chronically short of breath.[1]

2. Chronic fatigue and tiredness

If even the best of diets and supplements are not making you feel like your usual perky self, then this perpetual tiredness may be a sign that your liver is stressed. The tiredness that you feel is basically a result of your body overworking to remove those toxins from your body, since your liver isn’t doing it that well.[2]

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3. Sleep apnea or sudden snoring

Snoring and apnea can be a sign of many things. But if you seem to have developed this problem overnight, then it may point to the fact that your liver is stressed. If the snoring or the apnea disturbs your sleep, it then puts even more stress on an already overworked liver.[3]

4. One too many colds and cough

If you seem to be a magnet for every kind of flu doing rounds and no amount of vitamin C seems to help, then a sluggish liver that’s unable to remove toxins effectively might be to blame. The liver is also part of our body’s defense mechanism, and can fight off infections only if it’s healthy in the first place.

5. Sugar rush, and crash

Sometimes, meals do leave us feeling sluggish and sleepy. However, if this becomes a regular feature for you, then your liver isn’t managing sugars right, meaning your liver is stressed.

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6. Far too many digestive issues

Cramps, constipation, the loosies, acid reflux or heartburn – if any or many of these are part and parcel of your daily litany of woes, your liver is stressed and probably not producing the right amount of bile needed for healthy digestion.[4]

7. Nutrient deficiencies, despite a healthy diet

Got your blood work back and it keeps pointing to one or the other nutritional deficiency; the problem is that your liver is not doing its job of optimum absorption of nutrition. Meaning your liver is in stress and in need of a detox, A.S.A.P.

8. A plateau weight, plus or minus

Overweight and just cannot lose those layers despite exercise and diet? Or are you suddenly putting on weight for no rhyme or reason? Remember that an unhealthy liver loses its ability to process fat and lipids properly – so you end up weighing more than usual, or unable to lose any weight. [5]

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9. Absent-minded, or just plain confused

One important role of the liver is to process and eliminate toxins from the body. However when your liver is stressed and unable to do so effectively, the toxins find their way into your brain, causing memory loss, confusion, and a brain fog.[6]

10. Mood swings and the blues

Obviously, the treatment for depression or mood swings is not one-dimensional, and there are a myriad of reasons for such emotional and mental problems. However, a sluggish liver can worsen any pre-existing conditions like these, or possibly cause them, due to toxins in your brain that your liver failed to eliminate.

Your liver is stressed. Why?

A bad lifestyle that includes too much alcohol, sugar, tobacco, or caffeine and too little exercise, along with poor nutrition are the more generic causes that cause a stressed liver. Certain autoimmune disorders, genetic defects, hepatitis strains, and harmful overmedication of paracetamol are some of the other possible causes.

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Featured photo credit: IrishMirror via irishmirror.ie

Reference

[1]https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000286.htm
[2]https://www.liverdoctor.com/chronic-fatigue-syndrome/
[3]http://www.liversupport.com/nightcaps-insomnia-and-liver-disease/
[4]https://www.liverdoctor.com/gallbladder-and-digestive-problems/
[5]http://www.naturalnews.com/035305_weight_gain_fatty_liver_obesity.html
[6]http://www.liversupport.com/the-connection-between-brain-fog-and-liver-health/

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Last Updated on August 15, 2018

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

Video Summary

Why is it important to train up our core strength?

There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

One Exercise, multiple benefits

There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

What will happen when you start doing planks every day

    1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

    Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

    • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
    • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
    • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
    • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

    2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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      Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

      Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

      3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

        Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

        4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

          Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

          A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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          A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

          On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

          5. You’ll improve overall balance

            Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

            6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

              Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

              7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                How to hold a plank position

                1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                  How to improve your plank time gradually

                  1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                  2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                  3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                  Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                  Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                  You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                  • Prolapse
                  • After prolapse surgery
                  • Pelvic pain conditions
                  • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                  • Previous childbirth
                  • Overweight

                  Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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