How to Protect Your Liver

Liver is one of the organs of the human body that aid in the digestion of food, excretion of waste materials as well as detoxifying harmful materials in the body. The liver is the largest organ of the body which weighs between 1.5 – 3 kg. If this organ is not taken care of, could lead to serious health problem.

Liver problems (disease) are on the rise globally and more often than not, it’s detected when it has progressed to serious stages.

Previously, the leading cause of liver disease was alcohol abuse, however, nowadays, fatness or obesity is becoming the leading problem contributing to liver disease.

Obesity affects the liver because fat permeates it, causing it to malfunction. Over time, cirrhosis of the liver can occur, which leads to irreversible damage. When cirrhosis progresses, liver failure can ensue and without a transplant, death becomes inevitable.

                                           

Common Diseases of the Liver

  • Haemochromatosis: This is the disease of liver that is passed from parents to children through gene.
  • Primary bilary cirrhosis: It is caused by problem with the immune system.
  • Alcohol-related liver disease: It is caused by the regular intake of alcohol
  • Non-acoholic fatty liver disease: This is resulted when fat is built up in the liver, while it is caused by overweight (obese)
  • Hepatitis: Catching a viral infection, regularly drinking too much alcohol

 

Ways to Protect Your Liver

Control alcohol intake: Alcohol is difficult for your liver to break down and binge-drinking can make your liver very sick. Moderate your consumption to protect your liver.

Maintain healthy body weight: As mentioned, obesity is a large factor for liver disease, so maintaining a healthy weight is vital to protect your liver.

More water intake: Increase quality water intake can help the liver to flux out toxins in the body.

Exercise: Regular exercise not only helps you maintain your weight but keeps all your organs and bodily functions running smoothly, including your liver.

Drink coffee: Studies have shown that consuming coffee offers protective effects to the liver.

Control your intake of painkillers: Painkillers, like alcohol, are difficult for your liver to break down, and abusing painkillers or taking them regularly can contribute to liver disease and damage.

Eat more of broccoli: Broccoli is a super-food for your liver and helps to enhance its performance.

Eat healthy: Sticking to a healthy diet can help to protect your liver. Avoid processed foods and sugary foods as well as fatty foods.

 

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