Here’s why and how to maintain your liver’s health
The liver is a large organ inside the abdomen that is responsible for several vital body processes, including blood filtration. It is also considered a gland as it produces essential chemicals for the body. The liver can be damaged by several conditions and lifestyles, but there are various strategies to protect this important organ.
Our liver is an organ in its own right and greatly influences the overall health of our body. Our liver helps manage and facilitate various functions that keep our body functioning properly.
Our liver supports the functioning of our body in different ways. Some of these functions include:
- removes toxins (harmful materials) from the system.
- removes aging red blood cells.
- produces bile, a substance that helps the body digest food (breakdown).
- allows your body to use fats, proteins and carbohydrates through metabolism.
- produces compounds that help in blood clotting.
- controls the amount of blood in the body.
- stores vitamins and glycogen, which the body can later use as an energy source.
As stated above, poor liver health can lead to chronic health complications in our body. Therefore, it is essential to take the right measures to take care of our liver.
Here are simple ways you can protect and care for your liver:
1. Eat healthy
Avoid high calorie meals, sweets, processed carbohydrates and saturated fats. Eat cooked, never raw, or undercooked shellfish. Eat fiber for a well-balanced diet; it is found in fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grain breads, rice and cereals. Also eat dairy products, meat and healthy fats.
2. Maintain weight
If you are obese or even slightly overweight, you are at risk of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, one of the fastest growing liver diseases. Weight loss can go a long way in reducing liver fat.
3. Avoid toxins
Liver cells can be damaged by toxins. Avoid direct contact with additives, chemicals, cleaners, aerosols and pesticides. When using aerosols, make sure the space is well ventilated and put on a mask. This also includes completely quitting smoking.
4. Drink responsibly
Drinking alcohol can lead to various health problems. They can damage our liver and damage or kill liver cells. Ask your doctor how much alcohol is right for you. You may be told to limit your alcohol intake or to give it up completely.
5. Train regularly
Exercise is great for our body as a whole, including our liver. Making exercise a regular part of our lives by walking, cycling, gardening, dancing, swimming, or participating in sports is a great approach. Making small adjustments like using the stairs instead of the elevator, etc., could be beneficial.
6. Consume your medication correctly
Our liver can be affected if drugs are taken incorrectly, such as taking too much, taking the wrong type, or combining drugs. Even if not taken at the same time, never combine alcohol with other medications or prescriptions. All over-the-counter medications, dietary supplements, and herbal or natural therapies you use should be reported to your doctor.
In conclusion, taking good care of our liver is essential to ensure our overall good health. Besides these steps, be sure to maintain good hygiene and practice safe sex. A lack of both can lead to various infections and conditions that can sabotage our liver health.
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