With the NHS saying last month that they are set for a liver disease crisis, saying “It's a ticking time bomb” we have compiled a list of some simple tips you can follow in order to protect yourself from damaging your liver. As symptoms may not be apparent until it is too late it's best to be prepared.
Every time you drink your liver has to filter the alcohol out of your blood. However as the liver is already performing hundreds of other functions, some of the cells die when filtering alcohol.
If you drink large amounts, it may cause a build-up of fat, which in turn could cause a life-threatening illness to develop. We recommend not to drink more than 14 units of alcohol per week and don't drink every day of the week, even if its less than the recommended daily allowance of 2 units per day.
Drink lots of water
The liver is mainly used to flush toxins out of your system and water is vital for the liver to do that. By not staying hydrated and drinking water, blood in your body can thicken, making it harder for toxins to be filtered out. As a starting point, try to drink at the very least 1.2 litres of water per day, but drink more if possible.
We put this in almost every blog. But we can't stress enough how dangerous smoking cigarettes are for your health. Not only can it cause cancer, but its a major risk factor for causing a diseased liver and can worsen symptoms.
Smoking affects the liver as nicotine can increase the levels of fat in the blood, again making the blood thicker. This, in turn, makes the liver's job harder as it has to overwork in order to clear toxins from the thick blood.
When talking about lover health, alcohol is the most talked about factor, however food consumption can also be a major culprit. Almost ⅓ of people in the UK suffers from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). This is when there is a build up of liver fat that's associated with being overweight. By reducing the size of your portions when you eat, calorie intake could be reduced by up to 15%. This can massively improve weight loss and reduce the risk of liver disease occurring from overeating.
Getting out and moving can pretty much help the majority of illnesses. As it improves your overall health, it will only affect your liver positively.As mentioned before NAFLD is a leading cause of liver disease, by exercising you are reducing the fat in your body and blood. If you are not in the physical state to exercise fully, try to stand up more often in the day or get up and walk around your house more frequently.
If you're in any way unsure about the current health of your liver, please see your local GB. It is extremely important to look after your liver, you only have one!