Evaluating Liver Function

Evaluating Liver Function

Doctors talk about liver metabolism quite a bit. The liver has a big role in processing many things in our body as well as many medications. If your liver is not functioning the way it should, it can actually cause problems in the system in how things are metabolized. The thing you need to do with the liver is to check what doctors call liver enzymes. Physicians evaluate those enzymes and using their judgment they are able to determine whether or not the liver is being damaged or if it’s doing well.

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Pain Caused by Lactic Acid

Pain Caused by Lactic Acid

It’s called lactic acid. Lactic acid is actually part of our metabolism. What happens is, when we run or do exercise and go on what’s called anaerobic metabolism, or metabolism without oxygen, that pain, actually in the joints and throughout the body, is the result of a byproduct of the anaerobic metabolism. This lactic acid. Fortunately, as it gets through the system, it’s not as bad. One of the ways to make it last not quite so long and be quite so painful is to drink plenty of fluids.

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Exercise and Lactic Acid Build-up

Exercise and Lactic Acid Build-up

It is called lactic acid buildup; when you haven’t exercised in a long time, and you start to exercise, you might feel some pain. Let’s say you haven’t been doing any running but you decide to jog around the block. Well, that pain you feel actually is lactic acid buildup because what you’re doing is, after a certain point, you no longer use oxygen that the metabolism can supply in the muscles. You use what we call anaerobic metabolism, a lack of oxygen, and the breakdown product, or build up of that, is lactic acid. When that gets in the body, it can cause pain.

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Weightlifting May Be One of the Best Forms of Exercise

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One of the best ways to relieve stress is to exercise, and one of the best forms of exercise may surprise you. It’s lifting weights. If you lift weights, lift them properly, and take very few breaks, the workout is actually one where you can get an excellent cardiovascular workout. It can also help you build muscle at the same time. Here’s the really great part about it. As you build muscle, the actual muscle mass will help you burn calories by increasing your basal metabolic rate; your metabolism. Of course, there are certain tips that you need to know if you’re going to lift. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers many suggestions for safe weightlifting. Some of the key points: keep your back straight when lifting, always ask someone to spot you when lifting very heavy weights, and limit each set of muscles to only three workouts a week. Obviously, you need to clear it with a physician before you begin such a program.

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