Thursday 24 May 2018

Dr Ciara Kelly: Be kind to your liver and get yourself on the dry

The party's over: It's time to call a halt to excessive drinking
The party's over: It's time to call a halt to excessive drinking

Ciara Kelly

Ah January - the month where new year's guilt surrounding the excesses of December and November drives us to new heights of aspirational healthiness. It's the month where gym membership hits its highest and where diet and exercise play a key role in our lives in a way that they rarely do for the other eleven months of the year, as we attempt to lose weight, get fit and generally detoxify our bodies from what we put them through over the festive period.

All of which can only be a good thing, as if we don't do something to tackle the half a stone plus that we put on recently, it will become wedded to us permanently. And if we don't allow our body to properly recover from the wine, beer, cocktails and spirits that punctuated the last few weeks, it'll be hard for us to feel good physically or indeed mentally in ourselves.

Of course it's our liver and our kidneys that actually help us break down and remove the toxins, drugs and alcohol that we've pumped into our systems.

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