The liver is a large organ that sits on the right side of the belly. Along with the gall bladder, pancreas, and intestines. Not only is it responsible for filtering all sorts of harmful toxins out of your blood, it also helps you digest your food and store energy. The liver plays a major role in how cholesterol, sugar, and iron are used and stored in the body. But liver is also one of the easiest organs to damage.
So everything you eat or drink, including medicine, passes through it. You need to treat it right so it can stay healthy and do its job.
Here are my advices to keep it working properly, maintain optimal liver health and avoid exposure to the kinds of harmful substances that can damage your liver:
Eat a balanced diet
One of the best ways to keep your liver healthy is to eat a balanced diet that is low in trans fats and fructose (as in “high fructose corn syrup”).
You will find these substances in many processed foods, like chips, soda, fried foods, etc.
Moderate your alcohol consumption
Alcoholic liver disease is the result of the overconsumption of alcohol. When your liver processes alcohol, a number of toxic chemicals are released that can cause damage to your liver.
My recommandation : 3-4 units of alcohol per day for a man, and 2-3 units per day for a woman.
Regular exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight, and improve liver enzyme levels, and overall liver function.
It can also reduce your chances of developing fatty liver disease.
Smoking increases the risks of contracting both cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, and liver cancer.
Avoid exposure to other toxins
Exposure to pesticides, heavy metals, and even environmental toxins found in polluted air and water can increase your risk of developing liver disease:
– Use appropriate safety gear if you cannot.
– Consider choosing organic foods to limit your exposure to pesticides and other chemicals that your liver has to filter out.
Watch out for certain medicines
Some cholesterol drugs can occasionally have a side effect that causes liver problems. Choose natural medicines.
ex : Be careful when using acetaminophen. Overdose is a common cause of liver damage, remember that acetaminophen is a drug, and use it only as directed!
It can lower your risk of getting liver disease. A recent studies found that coffee drinkers, including decaf, were up to 25 percent less likely to have abnormal liver enzyme level.
Protect yourself from hepatitis
Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that is usually caused by a virus. There are three main types A,B,C and all are contagious. Vaccines are available for A and B.