How to … keep your liver happy with these eight healthy tips

What do a happy liver and safe sex have in common? Here are eight healthy hints to keep your liver happy.

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most prevalent liver disease in the country, affecting 40 per cent of Aussies over the age of 50. With your liver potentially being at risk of NAFLD, liver cancer, alcoholic liver disease, hepatitis A, B and C, haemochromatosis, and chronic cholestatic liver diseases, it’s important to take care of it.

Your liver filters blood from the digestive tract and releases it to the rest of the body. It produces bile used in the intestines, detoxifies chemicals, makes proteins used in blood clotting and metabolises drugs, so it’s fair to say your liver is the type of organ you want to keep happy. 

Here are eight ways to take care of your liver and to keep it happy and healthy. 

Avoid alcohol
Being one of the more commonly known causes of liver damage, alcohol consumption can scar the liver and destroy its cells. According to the Mayo Clinic, ‘moderate’ alcohol consumption is one drink a day for all women and men over 65 and up to two glasses for men below 65. However, this may alter depending on other health factors, so we recommend speaking to your GP to find out how much is right for you.

Healthy weight
If you’re carrying even a little extra weight then chances say your liver is, too. Having a fatty liver puts you in danger of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Eat right
Try to avoid saturated fats, high-calorie meals and refined carbohydrates such as white bread, white rice and white pasta.

According to health24.com, the liver is the only organ that can process fructose, a type of sugar, meaning that overtime, irreparable damage can be done by over-consumption of sources such as sweets, baked treats, soft drinks and other refined sugars. Instead, stick to sources such as fruit as a healthy alternative.

Try to fill your diet with fibre, found in fruit and vegetables, as well as wholegrain breads, rice and cereals. Healthy fats found in nuts, seeds and vegetable oils are also part of a well-rounded and healthy diet. 

Exercise
According to liverfoundation.org, regular exercise burns triglycerides, which can help to reduce liver fat, decreasing your risk of liver-related health concerns.

Avoid toxins
There’s an array of toxins found in cleaning products, insecticides, aerosols and additives in cigarettes that cause harm to your liver. Avoid touching these as much as possible, always wear a mask and ventilate the room when handling them, and don’t smoke.

Practice safe sex
While most of us like to think we’ve got the whole safe-sex thing down pat by now, you may be surprised that, according to the ABC, the rate of STIs among the over-50s doubled in Queensland between 2013 and 2018. Hepatitis B and C can be contracted through unprotected sex.

Get vaccinated
Hep B (HBV) and C (HCV) can cause inflammation and scarring to the liver and hepatitis A (HAV) can cause patients to suffer liver failure. Fortunately, there are vaccines for both hepatitis A and B, although no vaccine for hepatitis C currently exists. We recommend maintaining personal hygiene, washing hands and not sharing personal hygiene items in order to prevent HAV contraction.

Drink water
Staying hydrated keeps your liver happy and allows it to function at full capacity, as drinking sufficient amounts of water removes toxins that would otherwise build up and harm your liver.  

Are you taking care of your liver? Do you suffer or fear a risk of liver disease or liver-related illnesses?

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    Disclaimer: This article contains general information about health issues and is not advice. For health advice, consult your medical practitioner.





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    musicveg
    17th Mar 2019
    1:55pm
    Too much fat will make the liver work harder. Vegetable oil is not healthy and should not be consumed, only small amounts of coconut oil is safe, anything else is rancid with produces free radicals. Optimum health for the liver is no alcohol, no fermented products, no animal products (or very little low fat) and lots of fresh juicy greens, fruits and vegetables. Please check out Anthony Williams book "Liver Rescue" to learn more about what else the liver does, and what you can do to prevent and even reverse liver disease. The low functioning liver contributes to more diseases listed in this article it has a big job to do and we are always overloading it, it cannot work properly if you keep making it work hard. Don't forget to check out the nasty toxins in personal care and household products too and change to natural ones. Borrow this book from the library or get them to order it in for you if you don't want to buy it, or you can get it as an ebook too but it is a big book. Start looking after your liver today buy having a lemon juice freshly squeezed first thing in the morning, and try celery juice every day on an empty stomach too.
    Jon S
    17th Mar 2019
    9:09pm
    I satisfy all of the liver protection strategies except one - alcohol consumption. The longer we live the more likely we will die through one form or another of dementia. I willingly take my punt with liver failure vs dementia especially considering the joy I get from my 2 beers plus a glass of wine per day


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