Your liver is a key organ in your body’s digestive system. It filters
harmful chemicals from your blood, creates bile to break down the fat
in your food, and stores glucose to give you a quick energy boost when
you need it. Taking care of your liver can help it to function efficiently
and protect your health. It can be easily damaged by drug and alcohol
use, however, but there are ways you can help your liver heal and improve
Avoid Drugs and Alcohol
Your liver filters chemicals from your bloodstream, including drugs, over-the-counter
and prescription medications, and alcohol. These can damage liver cells,
which can cause scarring and inflammation, known as liver cirrhosis. Some
cholesterol medications can cause liver problems, and the painkiller acetaminophen,
or Tylenol, can also damage your liver if you take too much. Acetaminophen
is an ingredient in hundreds of medications, including cold medications
and prescription pain medications, so it is easy to take more than you
realize. Other medications may be harmful when combined with alcohol or
other drugs. Your doctor or pharmacist can help you determine which of
your medications may cause liver damage.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Feeding yourself nourishing food is one of the simplest ways to improve
your body’s functioning. A licensed dietician or your physician
can help you develop a plan and teach you about healthy diets. Look for
recipes with a variety of vegetables, healthy fats, and reduced amounts
of sugar and carbohydrates. A healthy diet can help you manage your weight
and prevent nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
Regular exercise can increase your overall health, including your liver’s
functioning. Aim for 20 minutes each day of continuous activity, such
as a walk, a run, a sport, or another exercise. In addition to boosting
your cardiovascular system’s strength, exercise can encourage your
body to burn stores of fat and reduce your chances of NAFLD.
Reduce Exposure to Toxins
Environmental toxins, such as mold, smoke, and lead can cause serious liver
damage, but many household products also can affect your liver. Reduce
your exposure to household cleaners, insecticides, and aerosol products
by wearing protective gloves and a respirator mask when using them, and
wash any exposed skin thoroughly after their use. Cigarettes also can
contain additives that can damage your liver, so it may be in your best
interest to avoid smoking.
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