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One of the most important organ of our body is the LIVER. Everything we consume is processed by the liver before it can be utilized by our body.
The liver has wide range of functions and it plays a vital role in numerous physiological processes, including metabolic function and blood detoxification. As a result, the health of our body is directly related to the liver functioning at its peak.
Some of our common habits that are a part of our everyday routine may increase the risk for our liver. We may not even realize it, as the damage can be gradual and initially without obvious symptoms. But over time these bad habits can severely harm your liver. This is very dangerous, as your body cannot function well without a properly working liver.
In this article let us have a look and avoid these bad habits for healthy liver.
You probably already know that drinking too much is bad for your liver. But you might not realize that “too much” can happen without you being an alcoholic or addicted to alcohol
This is because the liver gets diverted from its other functions and focuses mainly on converting alcohol to a less toxic form, and this causes fatty liver disease and inflammation.
When the liver attempts to repair this damage, it could lead to DNA mutations that kick start cancers.
If you can't make it through the day without it, you'll be glad to hear that it may have some benefits for your liver. Studies show that drinking two to three cups a day can protect your liver from damage caused by too much alcohol or an unhealthy diet. Some research suggests it may lower your risk of liver cancer.
Smoking affect the liver indirectly. The toxic chemicals found in cigarette smoke eventually reach to the liver and cause oxidative stress to the liver that produces free radicals that damage the liver cells.
As the liver role is to break down substances we consume, including medications, herbs and supplements, consuming too much of certain medications can gradually harm the liver.
The damage can range from mild to a complete liver failure. This is true not just for conventional medicines, but also for natural supplements and herbs, as they, too, can be harmful to the liver in excess amounts.
One of the best known medication that can cause liver damage is acetaminophen (also known as Tylenol) which is commonly sore back, or a headache, or a cold, and you reach for a pain reliever. Be sure to take the right amount! If you accidentally take too much of anything that has acetaminophen -- for instance, a pill for your headache and something else for your cold, and both have acetaminophen in it -- it can harm your liver. Check the dose and how much is OK to take in one day. Stick to those limits, and you should be fine.
Even if the label says “natural,” it may not be OK for you. For instance, some people take an herb called kava kava for menopause symptoms or to help them relax. But studies show that it can keep the liver from working right. That can lead to hepatitis and liver failure.
Your body needs vitamin A, and it’s fine to get it from plants such as fresh fruits and vegetables, especially those that are red, orange, and yellow. But if you take supplements that have high doses of vitamin A, that can be a problem for your liver. Check with your doctor before you take any extra vitamin A because you probably don’t need it.
It has been established that both sleep deprivation and sleeping till late in the morning can have bad effects on your liver.
The extra fat can build up in your liver cells and lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). As a result, your liver may swell. Over time, it can harden and scar liver tissue (doctors call this cirrhosis). You are more likely to get NAFLD if you are overweight or obese, middle-aged, or have diabetes. You may be able to turn things around. Diet and exercise can stop the disease.
Consuming high amount of processed foods, which are often loaded with preservatives, additives, artificial sweeteners and flavorings exposes the liver to damage because they are very hard to break down as they are full of chemicals. Too much sugar isn’t just bad for your teeth. It can harm your liver, too. The organ uses one type of sugar, called fructose, to make fat. Too much refined sugar and high-fructose corn syrup causes a fatty buildup that can lead to liver disease. Some studies show that sugar can be as damaging to the liver as alcohol, even if you’re not overweight. It’s one more reason to limit foods with added sugars, such as soda, pastries, and candy
Processed foods are also high in salt, which is not only known to increase blood pressure, but can also cause fatty liver disease by building up fluid in the liver (water retention) and swelling.
Not eating enough fruits, leafy greens and other vegetables which are all great sources of antioxidants, will not give the body enough beta-carotene, vitamin C and E, zinc and selenium which all help keep the liver healthy.
Vitamin B12, mainly available in meat, is used by the liver to help with the flow of bile, so make sure you don’t have vitamin b12 deficiency. Other B vitamins aid in the liver’s detoxification roles, and they can be found in dried fruits and nuts, egg yolks, poultry, fish, legumes and brown rice.
Trans fats are a man-made fat in some packaged foods and baked goods. (You’ll see them listed as “partially hydrogenated” ingredients). A diet high in trans fats makes you more likely to gain weight. That’s not good for your liver. Check the ingredients list. Even if it says “0” grams of trans fat, it may still have a small amount, and that adds up.
A doctor or nurse gets nicked by a needle they’ve used on a patient. Or people injecting illegal drugs share a needle. The needle isn’t the problem. It’s what’s on it. Hepatitis C can spread through blood. Even if it only happened once, or you’re at high risk for other reasons (like if you have HIV or your mom had hepatitis C while pregnant with you), you should get tested. So should everyone born from 1945 through 1965.
This will surely surprise you as well. But there are people that wake up in a hurry and leave the house with the idea of eating breakfast or drinking coffee at work, and when they are there, looking for a bathroom to have a bowel movement in peace. This is a dangerous habit. Holding your urge to urinate can not only damage your liver, but also your kidneys. Don’t ever do it!