The importance of the liver to our well-being can not be underestimated. It is saddled with the function of producing bile which helps to break down fat from food, cleanse the blood and stores sugar in form of glucose for energy when you need it.
Many people however fail to see that we are harming our liver with our daily diet, activities like smoking, and habitual consumption of alcohol. Here are a few tips to how you can get your liver healthier and last longer.
# Avoid excessive alcohol consumption
American Liver Foundation say alcohol can damage your liver cells. Liver damage can lead to the build up of fat in your liver (Fatty liver), inflammation or swelling of your liver (alcoholic hepatitis), and or scarring of your liver (cirrhosis).
# Manage your medication
Many of you are guilty of self medication and overdose which is be harmful to the liver. Taking the right drugs and the exact quantity as prescribed my your doctor saves you the pain of liver problems. Some drugs could hurt your liver if combined with other drugs while the habit of drinking alcohol when you take some could equally spell disaster for your liver.
It is therefore paramount you get prescription and advice from your doctor or pharmacist before taking even a painkiller.
# Eat healthy
Eating healthy helps the liver to function well while eating unhealthy food could lead to liver disease. According to the American Liver Foundation, you should consume food that have lots of fiber such as fresh fruits and vegetables. Equally, eating a balanced diet is important.
# Avoid breathing in toxins
Chemicals from cleaning products, aerosol sprays, insecticides, exhaust fumes and additives in cigarette can damage your liver. This is the reason why it is advised that you abstain from smoking.
# Exercise more often
Exercise improves the health of your liver by decreasing the stress on the liver. Exercise also boosts the body’s immune system.
Liver disease could be painful and expensive and so prevention is a lot better. If you are a heavy drinker or you smoke, my advice for you today is to check in with your doctor to know the situation of your liver before it is too late.