Every organ in our body factors in maintaining a long lasting healthy lifestyle so it is our job to take good care of it as best as possible. The liver is about the size of a football and sits under your lower ribcage on the right side. It helps clean your blood by getting rid of harmful chemicals that your body makes. It makes a liquid called bile, which helps you break down fat from food. And it also stores sugar called glucose, which gives you a quick energy boost when you need it.
Here are some tips to a maintaining a healthy liver:
1) Avoid too much alcohol intake
There are many reasons why alcohol are harmful to our body. In this case, if consumed too much, it could likely damage your liver cells and lead to swelling or scarring which can result to cirrhosis which is deadly.
2) Track your medicines
Did you know some cholesterol drugs can sometimes have a side effect that causes liver problems. For instance, the painkiller that we regularly eat contain acetaminophen (Tylenol) which can hurt the liver if take too much. It is also found in other prescriptions like cold medicines and pain medicines. Talk to your doctor for the best advice!
3) Herbs & Dietary supplements
Always thoroughly check the ingredients in your supplements. These ingredients such as cascara, chaparral, comfrey, kava and ephedra were said to have caused problems to a some of the consumers. It is known to harm the liver. As promising as it claims to be, always be sure than sorry.
4) Avoid toxins
There is nothing more harmful and toxic than having direct contact with smoke or chemical products that can damage your liver. A simple healthy tip? Don't smoke.
5) Drink coffee
A study have shown that coffee can lower your risk of getting liver disease. So now you have a reason to have a cup of coffee any time of the day!
6) Start a healthy lifestyle
Most importantly, all you have to do is maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly. Exercising will also keep your weight under control, which helps prevent nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a condition that leads to cirrhosis. Your body will thank you later!