10 signs your liver is sluggish and tips to help detoxify

SIGNS YOU MAY NEED TO SUPPORT LIVER HEALTH

When your liver is overwhelmed with the burden of high toxin exposure you start to feel the effects in your whole mind-body.

ACUTE SIGNS YOUR LIVER IS STRUGGLING INCLUDE:

  • Feeling sluggish, tired and fatigued constantly
  • White or yellow-coated tongue and/or bad breath
  • Weight gain – especially around the abdomen
  • Cravings and/or blood sugar issues
  • Headaches
  • Poor digestion
  • Feeling nauseas after fatty meals
  • Intolerant to strong smells such as perfumes
  • Pain in the right side of your stomach
  • Skin breakouts; acne, rashes

If your liver is under stress for a long time a condition called fatty liver develops. Fatty liver is the build-up of excess fat in the liver. It’s a common condition in Western countries, affecting 1 in 10 people. Serious conditions such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, cirrhosis and cancer ensue after fatty liver.

THREE TIPS TO SUPPORT LIVER DETOXIFICATION

Remove foods that are especially harmful to your liver
  • Eliminate all refined and processed foods such as simple carbohydrates and refined sugar. This includes all biscuits, cakes, white breads, soft drinks and baked goods.
  • Substitute toxic and poor quality fats and oils like canola oil, corn oil, margarine and trans fats for good quality oils such as ghee, butter, coconut oil or rice bran oil.
  • Decrease animal products, especially red meat and processed meats.
  • Eliminate or greatly reduce alcohol. If you have experienced 3 or more of the above symptoms end immediately.
  • Minimise/ Avoid coffee
Include foods into your diet that support liver and digestive function
  • Eat fresh, seasonal, wholefoods, fruits and vegetables. Preferably organic if this is an option.
  • Start the day with a big cup of warm water and fresh lemon juice. Drink enough water throughout the day – 1 cup every hour.
  • Foods that support liver detoxification:
  • Beetroot, turmeric, onion, garlic, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, green leafy vegetables (especially the bitter kind such as Rocket, endive, dandelion leaves), wheat germ, legumes, grapefruit, lemon
  • A fresh juice of beetroot, ginger, carrot and celery daily greatly assists.
Herbal Medicine
  • St Marys Thistle

St Mary’s thistle is also commonly known as Milk Thistle. It is the best herb to restore liver cells. The liver of course is the organ that can easily regenerate itself. Milk Thistle stimulates detoxification as its balancing for both phases of detoxification. It also helps the liver to deal with fat better. Research shows Milk Thistle is effective in treating fatty liver disease (Cacciapuoti, et al, 2013). It’s a potent antioxidant so protects the liver from harmful free radicals and chemicals.

  • Dandelion Root

Traditionally Dandelion root is used to clear a sluggish or congested liver. In modern medicine it’s been shown to increases bile flow. Increased bile flow supports the removal of the packaged toxins through phase 2 to be eliminated from the body more efficiently. Increased bile flow also assists in strengthening digestive function and helps to relive constipation. Dandelion leaves are eater as a bitter green in a salad. The dried root also makes a tea and is often used a coffee substitute.

How Your Sleeping Position Affects Your Health

Since time is very precious, it is of the utmost importance that the time spent sleeping is well spent. This article brings you an in-depth analysis of the various sleeping positions to help you choose the right one for yourself. Check them out!

1. Soldier position

Also known as the soldier position, sleeping on your back with your hands at your sides is considered to be the best sleeping posture. This posture is similar to the Savasana pose in yoga, and it is known to have many health benefits.

Pros:

  • Perfect position to rest the spine, neck, and arms.
  • Helps improve the overall posture.
  • Reduces acid reflux.
  • Helps maintain perky breasts.
  • Cures insomnia.
  • Decreases the chances of headaches.
  • Prevents facial wrinkles.

Cons:

  • May aggravate snoring in people suffering from sleep apnea.
  • Can negatively affect a fetus.
  • Can cause lower back pain.

Solutions:

  • Try sleeping on your back without a pillow. It will keep your body in a neutral position and might help reduce snoring.
  • Using a large pillow under the back of your knees will help support the natural curve of your lower back.

2. Starfish position

In this position, a person lies on their back but with their arms up on both sides of their head.

Pros:

  • Excellent position to rest the spine and the neck.
  • Cures insomnia.
  • Decreases the chances of headaches.
  • It helps reduce acid reflux since the head is elevated and the stomach is able to sit below, so substances from the stomach can’t re-enter the esophagus.
  • Prevents facial wrinkles and skin breakouts.

Cons:

  • This posture may aggravate snoring in people suffering from sleep apnea.
  • The awkward position of the arms can exert pressure on the nerves in the shoulder, causing pain.
  • Can cause lower back pain.

Solution:

  • Avoid using a pillow while sleeping in this position to allow your head, neck, and spine to rest in a natural position.

3. Log position

While sleeping in this posture, you lie on your side with both arms positioned downward in a straight line. Sleeping on the left is considered one of the ideal sleeping positions as it offers quite a few health benefits.

Pros:

  • Ideal sleeping position for the spine as it receives complete support in its natural curve.
  • Prevents back and neck pain.
  • Reduces sleep apnea and snoring.
  • This is the best sleeping position for pregnant women.

Cons:

  • As your top leg does not get enough support, the chances are high that you may develop back or hip pain.
  • Side sleeping can lead to skin aging, facial wrinkles, and sagging breasts.
  • It can cause neck pain.

Solutions:

  • As this position can cause neck pain due to improper support to the neck, it is recommended to use a big pillow.
  • Place a pillow between your thighs to support your top leg.

4. Yearner position

The yearner position is actually sleeping on the left side with the arms outstretched. It is recommended to lie on your left side to better rest your vital organs.

Pros:

  • Prevents neck and back pains.
  • Lying on your left side can reduce acid reflux.
  • Helps reduce sleep apnea and snoring.
  • Relieves heartburn.
  • Allows the body to clear waste from the brain more efficiently and decreases the risk of developing disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
  • Research shows that people sleeping in this position are less likely to wake up in the middle of the night. This is most likely due to the comfort the body gets.

Cons:

  • Restricts the proper flow of blood and puts pressure on the nerves, which may result in pain in the shoulders and arms.
  • Nerve compression may place a strain on internal organs like the stomach, liver, and lungs.
  • Can cause saggy breasts and premature skin aging.

Solutions:

  • Sleep on a satin pillowcase to reduce the chances of facial wrinkles.
  • Place a pillow between your knees to support your upper leg.

5. Fetal position

The fetal position involves sleeping with your knees drawn towards the chest and your chin down. It’s incredibly popular with women and experts suggest sleeping on the left side due to the benefits it offers.

Pros:

  • Reduces snoring considerably.
  • One of the preferred positions for pregnant women.
  • Sleeping on the left side can help reduce acid reflux.

Cons:

  • The extreme curl can put a strain on the neck and back, thereby causing pain.
  • This position, like other side-sleeping positions, can cause skin wrinkles and saggy breasts.

Solutions:

  • Use a firm pillow to support your head.
  • It is recommended that people sleeping in this position alternate sides during the night.

6. Freefall position

Lying flat on your stomach while sleeping is not the best sleeping position, and most experts advise against it.

Pros:

  • In some cases, it has been found to reduce snoring.

Cons:

  • Puts a strain on the spine and causes pain in the neck and lower spine.
  • Since the blood circulation is cut off from the face, it leads to the development of wrinkles.
  • Puts unnatural stress on the internal organs.

Why Do You Always Wake Up at 3 a.m.?

Next time you wake from a sound sleep and roll over to see those familiar numbers on the bedside clock, know that many others are doing the same thing.

Whether your time is 3 a.m. or 1 a.m. or any other time, you’re one of many people who experience regular nighttime awakenings.

The time — while it may be surprisingly predictable, down to the minute — really isn’t significant, says psychologist and sleep expert Alexa Kane, PsyD.

“At one point, you may have had a reason to wake up at that time, maybe in response to sleep apnea or a crying baby,” she says. “Your body may have become conditioned to it.”

Regardless, nighttime awakenings are a common phenomenon and usually harmless, especially if you easily doze off again. They do not mean you’re a bad sleeper. And they do not mean you have insomnia.

When are regular awakenings a problem?

Waking up at night, by itself, isn’t a problem. However, waking up and staying awake can be.

“If you wake up and begin to experience worry, anxiety or frustration, you likely have activated your sympathetic nervous system, your ‘fight-or-flight’ system,” says Dr. Kane. “When this happens, your brain switches from sleep mode to wake mode. Your mind may start to race, and your heart rate and blood pressure may go up. That makes it much harder to get back to sleep.”

This stress response can lead to insomnia, a full-blown sleep disorder.

Regularly waking up at night also can be a symptom of sleep apnea. If you have this disorder, you occasionally stop breathing during sleep. Besides waking you up, sleep apnea can disrupt your heart rhythm and reduce the flow of oxygen to your body.

Other symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Snoring.
  • Being jolted awake while choking or gasping for air.
  • Daytime sleepiness or fatigue.

“If you have these symptoms, see a physician sleep expert,” says Dr. Kane. “Untreated sleep apnea can cause heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other health problems.”

Next time it happens, do this

The next time you wake up at 3 a.m. (or whatever time), give yourself 15 to 20 minutes to doze back into dreamland. It’s OK.

If you’re awake longer than that, it’s best to get out of bed, says Dr. Kane.

“Our brains are highly associative,” she says. “That means if we stay in bed for a long time when not sleeping, our brains can associate the bed with wakeful activities like worrying and planning, instead of sleep. Getting out of bed breaks that association.”

When you get out of bed, do something that promotes sleep:

  • Practice deep breathing.
  • Meditate.
  • Read something boring.
  • Do not use your cell phone, check email or do anything else that might make your brain think it’s time to wake up and work.

“Relaxation exercises can help you shut off your body’s fight-or-flight response and activate a rest-and-digest response,” says Dr. Kane. “When your body calms down and you feel sleepy again, head back to bed.”

Consistency is key

The best way to put an end to late-night awakenings is to keep a consistent sleep-wake schedule. That means getting up at the same time each day, even on weekends.

Having other good sleep habits is just as important.

“Give yourself 30 to 60 minutes before bed to wind down and prepare your body and mind for sleep,” Dr. Kane says. “Use this time to plan for the next day, writing down your worries, concerns and frustrations so you don’t need to perform those mental gymnastics while in bed at 3 a.m.”

The more you follow these recommendations, the faster you’ll put your nighttime awakenings to bed once and for all, she says.

“We often see chronic insomnia develop in people with ineffective sleep routines — such as waking at 3 a.m. and staying in bed for hours trying to fall back to sleep,” says Dr. Kane. “This behavior leads to the association that bed does not mean sleep and, therefore, reinforces insomnia.”

When to see a sleep expert

When your lack of sleep starts to mess with your work performance, concentration or memory, or is causing you distress, it’s time to see a sleep expert. Your primary care provider can help you find one.

Marriage advice from a divorced woman

You can take this seriously or with a dose of humor, but your relationship afterwards will be better than ever. This has been a learning experience for me and now, I’m sharing it with you. This is what I learned about marriage from a divorced woman.

This woman got divorced after 7 years of married life.

In her experience she has come to see a lot of key points in the concept of marriage. This is what she said to me:

The responsibility of making a relationship work is shared by men and women. For all the things I’ve said about husbands there is a point for wives too.

1.Try to see the best in him all the time. Don’t look only the negative things in him, but instead try to ignore them and focus on the things you like about him.

2. Have sexual relations on a regular basis. It’s simple – have sex with your husband as much as possible. Once, an older women gave me this advice to make love with my husband even when I’m not in the mood.

Making love is like a drug that heals the wounds we cause to each other during marriage. If you feel distanced from your partner that indicates it is a time for some romance. And let me tell you Janice was right when she gave me this advice!

3. Don’t be ashamed to ask help from someone experienced. Sometimes when we are emotional, it is not possible for us to make the right choice. The best thing to do is to ask for advice from someone that has experience. You could ask for an opinion from someone your own age, but the advice from an older woman is much better.

4. Let him rest sometimes. Don’t be afraid, he is not ignoring you, man sometimes have timeouts in their head. Let them have that time out and chill a bit. It is healthy for your relationship.

5. Do not try to change him, it is not your responsibility to make him a better person. We are all living our own life the way our mindset is set to do, and no one can change that. If you do try to change him you will only cause a conflict. He simply has a different mindset, so let it go.

6. Support him all the time by giving him compliments about how strong and smart he is. Man often forget these things, and there is no better person to remind them of this than their wives. Remind them of this and they will appreciate it.

7. Don’t ever think that your man did not choose you. Never forget that this man chose you. He picked you for a reason, don’t take it for granted.

8. Laugh when he makes a joke. It is very positive to laugh at his jokes, even if they are not funny. Man want to be funny and interesting for their girl. Sometimes they aren’t, but since they were interesting enough for you to marry them, the least you can do is laugh on the rare occasions when their joke is dumb.

9. Nobody else but us is responsible for our own actions. We are responsible for our actions regardless of our emotional state. Emotions can’t be an excuse for the actions we take. Count to ten before you do anything.

10. Make him his favorite meal. It won’t hurt you to surprise him with his favorite meal!

8 THINGS ALMOST EVERY MAN WANTS FROM HIS WIFE

We all know that the ideal relationship doesn’t exist — even relationships that seem happy are made up of sacrifices and conversations. But despite this fact, every couple wants to have a perfect relationship without quarrels and misunderstandings.

Every woman dreams of finding her charming prince and her own dream house, where she will spend a wonderful life full of happy moments and smiles.

You’ll be surprised, but men also have dreams. They dream to have a perfect, caring wife and a happy, interesting life. They want you to fulfill their dreams and make them happy. We would like to show you eights secret things that every man wants from his woman. Scroll down to find out these secrets and become the right woman for him.

1. HE LIKES WHEN YOU SURPRISE HIM

Your husband will appreciate your efforts to surprise him. It can be anything! Prepare him a romantic dinner, take him on an exciting trip or draw his portrait. There are so many options!

2. HE LIKES WHEN YOU ARE HONEST WITH HIM

Men hate lies. It’s important to be completely honest with him. Do everything possible to build a strong, trusting relationship and he will love it!

3. HE LIKES HAVING DEEP CONVERSATIONS WITH YOU

Most men want to find someone to have deep conversations about serious topics with. You should respect his thoughts, discuss interesting books and play intellectual games with him.

4. HE LIKES WHEN YOU CARE ABOUT HIM

When your man comes home from work, he wants you take care of him. He likes when you meet him at home with a smile, give him a kiss and have dinner with him.

5. HE LIKES WHEN YOU TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

All men love confident women. When you love yourself, you have confidence in yourself.

6. HE WANTS TO KNOW THAT YOU’RE HAPPY

Your husband really wants to make you happy. So if you tell him how happy you are, he will be pleased.

7. HE WANTS YOU TRUST HIM

It can be difficult for women to understand that men need space from them. If your husband wants to hang out with his friends, you should let him do it. Trust him and he will trust you.

8. HE LIKES BEING VALUED

No one likes to be criticized. You should find ways to cheer him up and help him feel valued.

We at In Style want everyone to know and experience true love. It is out there for everyone and until it knocks on your door we are here to remind you that you deserve the best love!