The Liver Must Be Taken Care Of: 12 Tips To Keep You Healthy

Personal hygiene, a sensible diet and prudence are key to keeping your liver healthy.

The best way to fight liver disease is to avoid it. Here are 12 tried and true ways to keep your liver healthy.

Wash your hands

Use soap and warm water as soon as you come home from the street, after using the toilet, taking care of pets, and before cooking or eating.

Maintain a healthy weight

If you’re obese or overweight, you could be at risk of liver obesity, which can lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), one of the fastest growing forms of liver disease. Weight loss will play an important role in reducing the amount of fat in your liver.

Follow a balanced diet

Limit your intake of energy-dense foods, saturated fats and refined carbohydrates. Eat enough fibre, which you can get from berries, fruit, vegetables, wholemeal bread, and cereals. Eat meat, dairy products and give priority to monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (found in vegetable oils, nuts, seeds and fish). Drink plenty of water.

Exercise regularly

In addition to general health benefits, muscle development and bone strength, exercise helps you burn fat as fuel and can also reduce liver fat.

Avoid toxins

Toxic substances can damage liver cells. Limit direct contact with toxins from cleaning and aerosol products, insecticides and chemicals. Do not smoke or consume drugs.

Be responsible with alcohol

Alcohol can cause a variety of health problems. Alcohol can damage and destroy liver cells. Remember that there is no safe level of alcohol.

Avoid contaminated needles

Dirty needles are not only associated with intravenous drug use. You should consult a medical practitioner and be examined after any type of penetration through the skin using sharp instruments or needles. Particular caution should be exercised when using tools at cosmetologists, for tattoos and piercings.

Seek medical attention if you have been exposed to blood

If for any reason you have come into contact with another person’s blood, seek medical attention immediately. If you are extremely worried, go to the emergency department of your nearest hospital.

Do not share personal hygiene items

For example, razors, toothbrushes and nail clippers may contain microscopic drops of blood or other body fluids that may be contaminated.

Practice safe sex

Unprotected sex or sex with multiple partners increases your risk of hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

Follow the prescriptions of all medicines

When medicines are taken incorrectly – for too long, in the wrong dose or combined with other medicines – your liver may be at risk. Never mix alcohol with medicines. Tell your doctor about any over-the-counter medicines, food supplements or herbal preparations you are using.

Get vaccinations

There are vaccines against hepatitis A and against hepatitis B. Take advantage of this opportunity! Unfortunately, there is no vaccine against hepatitis C virus.

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