When someone is concerned about long term health and well being, the heart is almost always at the top of the list. You’re taught at a very young age the importance of heart health.
The liver, unfortunately, doesn’t get as much attention until something is wrong and you’re already experiencing health problems. The liver plays such a vital role in the digestive process, and is quite easy to damage with certain behavior, it should get as much attention as your heart and other vital organs.
Why Liver Health Matters
Everything you eat and drink passes through the liver, with one of its primary functions being to isolate and remove toxins from anything you’ve eaten. It helps clean your blood, regulate metabolism and break down fat in food.
Because of the role it plays in the digestive process, liver damage can result in obesity and other serious health complications.
Here’s some simple ways you can keep your liver healthy:
Limit Alcohol Consumption
One of the few behaviors that can be considered “common knowledge” when it comes to liver health. Over consumption of alcohol can lead to scarring and permanent damage such as cirrhosis, which is deadly.
Drinking more than two alcoholic drinks per day significantly increases risk to causing long term problems.
Maintain A Healthy Diet
Eating a well balanced diet, and exercising regularly does more than just maintain a healthy body weight. It keeps the toxins you consume from food at an acceptable level.
Eating poorly, over long periods of time, will cause excessive stress on your liver forcing it to do more work than intended.
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Don’t Over Supplement
Over supplementation is one of the more surprising ways to damage your liver. Often you’re taking supplements to improve health without realizing it can be harmful to your liver.
Keep in mind that everything you consume will pass through the liver. Several years of over supplementation can take is toll, and cause complications. If possible try to get as many of the nutrients you need from whole foods.
Protect Your Liver From Certain Medication
If you’ve been prescribed necessary medication, discuss with your doctor the specific complications or side effects to your liver. There are also common over the counter drugs that have proven harmful. Specifically, acetaminophen found in many pain killer medications.
Avoid taking medication and consuming alcohol at the same time, as the combination has proven incredibly harmful and, in some cases, deadly.
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Limit Exposure To Toxins
Since one of the primary functions of the liver is to regulate and remove toxins from your body, you should try to avoid touching and breathing toxins from your environment.
It’s common sense not to breath in chemicals and insecticides but there are also household products that are full of harmful toxins. Limit exposure or directly breathing in cleaning products and aerosol sprays.
Smoking, directly and through second hand smoke, is also one of the more common exposures to harmful toxins.
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