importance-of-your-liverThe liver is your body’s largest internal organ. It’s responsible for more than 500 different functions in the body. One of these functions is detoxifying and neutralizing toxins. Some repair is possible, but like damaging your skin, damage to other organs in your body can result in scars. Your liver is a unique organ because it can regenerate damaged tissue by regenerating new cells, but regeneration does take time. If you continue to injure your liver via drugs, excessive alcohol intake, or poor diet, this can prevent regeneration, which may eventually lead to scarring of the liver. Scarring is irreversible. Once it reaches a more severe level, it’s known as cirrhosis.

There are a few ways to help your liver do its job. Milk thistle is a well-known liver cleansing supplement because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It may help reduce liver inflammation.Turmeric has been shown to decrease the key pro-inflammatory molecules that contribute to the initiation, development, or worsening of diseases. It may help reduce your risk of liver disease. Clean eating will keep the liver in its best state.

There are many things that can impair the liver.

Avoid Excessive Alcohol Intake: Alcohol is a toxin that your liver is responsible to deal with. When consumed in excessive amounts, it may cause liver damage.

Vaccinate/Protect Against Hepatitis: Hepatitis is a liver disease caused by a virus. Blood carries hepatitis viruses, so never share needles to inject drugs or medications. And if you’re getting a tattoo, ensure you choose a shop that practices safety and cleanliness and is inspected and approved by the state health department. Bodily fluids also carry viruses, so always practice safe sex.

Keep an Eye on Your Medications: Your liver has to process medications, so whether it’s prescription or nonprescription drugs, choose them carefully and speak to your doctor about alternative options.

Wear Protective Clothing: Chemicals and toxins can enter your body via your skin. To protect yourself, wear a mask, gloves, and long-sleeved pants or shirts when handling chemicals, insecticides, fungicides, or paint.

Make Healthy Choices: Non-alcoholic-related liver disease is associated with metabolic issues, such as obesity and type 2 diabetes. You can reduce your risk for each by making healthy lifestyle choices.

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