Liver, a large meaty organ that sits on the right side of the abdomen, just below the lower ribcage. The liver is not something you probably think much about but it has a very important role in the body. The main job of the liver is to filter the blood before supplying it to the body. It also detoxifies the chemicals present in the blood and metabolizes drugs.
Everything a person eats passes through it so you should be very careful while eating & drinking.
“It’s an organ you can easily trash if you don’t take good care of it, and once you trash it, it’s gone.”
Here are some simple steps by which you can take good care of your liver and improve its functioning.
“Taking care of the liver is more about avoiding what’s bad for the liver than it is about eating & drinking things that nourishes a liver.”
Liver disease can be inherited from various factors like viruses, alcohol consumption, drugs, allergic reactions, or obesity and many more.
If you are suffering from any of the symptoms, you need to seek an appointment with the doctor. Some common symptoms of liver disease are: –
• Skin & eyes turning yellowish.
• Abdominal pain & swelling
• Itchiness on skin
• Dark urine color
• Swelling in ankles and legs
• The pale color on the body
CAUSES OF LIVER DISEASE
Parasites and viruses can infect the liver causing inflammation which reduces liver functioning. The most common type of liver infection is Hepatitis virus including
– Hepatitis A
– Hepatitis B
– Hepatitis C
• IMMUNE SYSTEM ABNORMALITY
Diseases in which your immune system directly attacks certain parts of your body affecting liver functioning.
Genetics, an abnormal gene inherited from any/both of your parents can cause various substances to build up in the liver.
– Hyperoxaluria and oxalosis
– Wilson’s disease
– Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency
– Liver cancer
– Bile duct cancer
– Liver adenoma
Other diseases that are associated with Liver disease are:
• FAT ACCUMULATING IN THE LIVER
• INJECTING DRUGS USING SHARED
• CHRONIC ALCOHOL ABUSE
• TATTOOS or BODY PIERCING
• UNPROTECTED SEX
Now we shall discuss the ways to protect our liver from diseases. Listed below are a few ways to prevent liver disease :
• DECREASE THE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL: For adults, it is suggested to have one drink a day for women & 2 drinks a day for men can be consumed for healthy living. Whereas, the consumption of more alcohol can damage the liver.
• INTAKE OF LOT’S OF WATER – More and more water helps to keep the liver healthy. It helps to flush the bad toxins out of the body and filters it properly which ensures good health.
• AVOID RISKY Behaviors – Don’t share used needles, also make sure to use a condom during sex. If you wish to have tattoos or piercing then be choosy about its safety and cleanliness while selecting a shop.
• MAKE SURE TO PROTECT YOUR SKIN – It is important to protect your skin from toxic chemicals. When using insecticides don’t forget to wear gloves, long sleeves shirts, to avoid chemical infections.
• REGULAR EXERCISE – It is required to maintain a healthy weight as obesity can lead to diseases related to non-alcoholic fatty liver.
These are a few habits that you should follow in your daily routine to ensure a healthy liver & to keep your liver away from diseases as treating the liver right helps it to function properly.