6 Steps to Better Liver Health   

6 Steps to Better Liver Health

Just one blemish on the skin can throw our self-confidence right out of the window. But have you given any thought to the state of your internal organs, such as your liver? After all, the liver may be responsible for that spot on your face!

The liver carries out a number of functions, one of which is ridding your body of toxic substances. Poor lifestyle choices can affect your liver more than you think. Thus, even small changes in your day-to-day habits can significantly improve the condition of your liver.

Tips 1: Quit smoking!
Among the numerous negative effects smoking has on the body is its impact on liver health. Research has shown that smoking affects the ability of the liver to process toxins. If a liver disease is the result of excessive alcohol consumption, smoking may aggravate the condition.

Tip 2: Hold that drink!
Excessive alcohol consumption can haw a major effect on your liver, resulting in fatty liver, hepatitis and cirrhosis. In most cases, fatty liver will begin to heal once alcohol intake is reduced. Occasionally, it will progress, leading to inflammation (hepatitis) and cirrhosis, which is an irreversible condition that can lead to liver failure.

Tip 3: Know your medications
Follow your doctor's orders on medication - take them in the correct doses and when needed. Several medications (eg, anti-cholesterol drugs) can lead to liver disease, as can excess consumption of paracetamol. Do not consume alcohol when you are taking medications.
Always check with your doctor before starting on herbal or alternative treatments.

Tip 4: Control blood sugar levels
Consistently high blood sugar levels can increase your risk of developing a liver disease known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). High cholesterol levels and being overweight are two risk factors that frequently co-exist with diabetes that also increase the risk of NAFLD. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, take good care of yourself. Keep your blood sugar in check, eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly.

Tip 5: Eat well
A healthy diet goes a long way in keeping your liver in top condition.
Consume plenty of fruits and vegetables, while reducing your intake of high-fat foods. Try to limit your consumption of preserved foods as well. Studies have shown the positive effects of antioxidants on the liver, so make sure you are consuming the recommended amounts of vitamins A, C and E. A high-fibre diet is also helpful, but make sure you drink lots of water for the fibre to do its job.

Tip 6: Take liver health aids
There are several supplements that have been shown to boost liver health. One such supplement is phosphotidylcholine, which protects the liver and encourages a speedy recovery of liver conditions. It also reduces the formation of toxic by-products in the liver and improves the liver’s ability to detoxify the body.

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