Healthy Liver Tips

October 4, 2021

Your liver plays a vital role in your overall health and wellness. It is the second-largest organ in your body and is responsible for hundreds of critical jobs. This article will provide you some tips on how to take care of your liver so it can function properly and keep you healthy. Read on. 

The liver filters the blood in your body and eliminates toxins and other harmful substances, such as alcohol and drugs. Other major functions of the liver include: 

  • Metabolizes food 
  • Clears medication from your body 
  • Adjusts cholesterol levels 
  • Builds protein and produces bile 
  • Absorbs fat
  • Stores sugar
  • Regulates hormones 

And your liver performs all these tasks in just an ordinary day. 

 

Common Liver Problems 

  • Hepatitis 
  • Fatty liver disease 
  • Autoimmune conditions 
  • Cancer 
  • Cirrhosis 
  • Genetic conditions 
  • Liver failure

 

Risk Factors

Other than heavy alcohol drinking, other risk factors include: 

  • Needle sharing 
  • Getting tattoos or body piercing with non-sterile needles 
  • Unprotected sex 
  • Occupations that expose you to blood and other bodily fluids 
  • Diabetes and high cholesterol 
  • Family history 
  • Obesity 
  • Exposure to pesticides and other toxins 

 

Symptoms To Watch Out For 

  • Jaundice (skin and eyes appear to be yellowish) 
  • Abdominal pain and swelling
  • Swollen legs 
  • Itchy or irritable skin
  • Dark urine color 
  • Pale stool color 
  • Fatigue 
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Appetite loss 
  • Easily gets bruises

 

How To Take Care Of Your Liver? 

Following these tips will help you take care of your liver:


Drink Responsibly

Alcohol abuse can lead to many health problems. This habit can destroy liver cells and cause liver scars. If possible, quit drinking or drink moderately. To reduce risks of liver diseases, try to limit your alcohol intake to 1 drink daily for men, and less than 1 drink a day for women.

Maintain a Healthy Weight

Obesity can be linked to liver problems like fatty liver, which can also lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Weight loss plays a crucial role in reducing liver fat. The Right Spinal Clinic specializes in creating customized medical weight loss programs tailored to fit your specific condition and goals.

Eat A Well-Balanced Diet

Some of the foods you need to avoid include high calorie-meals, saturated fat, refined carbohydrates and sugar. You should also stay away from raw or undercooked shellfish. A well-balanced diet should include fiber, meat, (be sure not to have too much red meat), dairy (as much as possible, go for low-fat milk) and “good” fats like vegetable oil, fish, nuts and seeds. Additionally, drink lots of water. For adult men, you should be drinking at least 3.7 liters of water, with 2.7 liters for adult women.

Be Physically Active

Regular exercise can help burn triglycerides and reduce liver fat. Staying active does not necessarily mean spending hours in the gym. Simple exercises like walking or jogging can help you flush out toxins for a healthy body and mind.

Avoid Toxins 

Toxins can cause severe damages to your liver. Avoid direct contact with toxins or any products with harmful substances, such as pesticides and cleaning products. If you need to use aerosol cleaning products, be sure the room has proper ventilation, or wear a mask. Avoid smoking as well.

Visit your Physician 

Visiting your Tampa Bay primary care physician can help detect your liver problems. And early detection means preparedness and prevention. Your doctor may recommend taking some laboratory tests to determine the next steps you need to take.

Stay looking for ways to improve your life!

Following these tips should help keep your liver healthy. If you are looking for reliable primary care services, The Right Spinal Clinic is here to help you every step of the way. Call us now at (813) 582-7000 to book an appointment. We also accept walk-ins with no waiting time! Visit us today!

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