The liver is one of the most important organs in our body as it carries out over 500 vital functions that play a crucial role in our daily life, yet sometimes, the liver doesn’t get the extra care it deserves.
In fact, according to the Canadian Liver Foundation, about 1 in 4 Canadians – men, women, and children – may be affected by liver disease. So to help more people prevent liver diseases, we’ve created a list of ways to help your liver stay healthy and protected.
1. Maintain a healthy weight
Obesity and being somewhat overweight can contribute to the development of a fatty liver, which can lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. If you’re above your healthy weight range, start exercising regularly to help you reduce liver fat and with your weight loss journey.
2. Eat a balanced diet
Start cutting high-calorie meals, refined carbs and sugars, and saturated fat from your diet, and add more veggies and fruits, so your body gets all the nutrients and fiber that it needs. Hydration is also important, so make sure to drink a lot of water.
3. Drink alcohol in moderation
Our liver breaks down alcohol to remove it from our body. If you consume too much alcohol, it would be difficult for your liver to break it down, and it could hurt it.
4. Avoid toxins
These toxins can be present inside cleaning and aerosol products, pesticides, and other household items; if you touch, absorb, or breathe in too much of them, it could hurt your liver cells. As a precautionary measure, always read the warning labels on the chemicals before use, wear a mask and goggles, and ventilate the area by opening the windows when you use them.
5. Prevent hepatitis A, B, and C
Hepatitis A, B, and C are liver infections, but they can be prevented in 4 steps.
- Get vaccinated for hepatitis A and B; there’s no vaccine for hepatitis C
- Wash your hands regularly
- Practice safe sex
- Don’t share personal hygiene items
6. Take your meds as directed
Acetaminophen, also known as Paracetamol, is the most common medication that can harm your liver. But other meds can pose the same risk if you take medication incorrectly by taking too much.
The liver carries an important role in our body, and now it’s time to give it the tender loving care that it deserves.