What does your liver want? Keep Your Liver Healthy
Tips for a healthy liver By Dr. Swapnil Sharma (HPB & Liver Transplant Surgeon, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, Mumbai)
We all know that Health is Wealth. One must protect one’s crucial organs to safeguard the best wealth. Liver is one of the crucial organs. The liver plays an important role in the body’s digestive system. It could be damaged easily if we don’t care about it. Also, it is very easy to keep our liver in good shape. We should follow a healthy lifestyle.
Some ways to keep liver healthy
1. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and illegal drugs
One must avoid all these things, even the small quantity of alcohol can burden your liver if consumed regularly. The liver is responsible for detoxifying alcohol so holding absolute breaks frequently from alcoholic beverages helps your liver.
2. Have a healthy diet and exercise regularly
Have high-fiber foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains regularly. They are good for a healthy liver. At the same time, one must increase the protein intake mainly from sources such as fish, beans and nuts.
Avoid foods that you are allergic to or sensitive to. They might weaken liver function and stress the immune system.
3. Maintain a Balanced Weight
Obesity is one of the major risk factors for developing fatty liver disease. If you are overweight or obese, start following a balanced diet and workout regularly to balance the body weight.
4. Learn how to prevent viral hepatitis
Viral hepatitis is a serious illness that harms the liver. It has different types.
Hepatitis A and E spread from eating or drinking water that got the virus. It causes the disease. One must get a vaccine if traveling to a part of the world.
Hepatitis B and C were developed in blood and body fluids. To cut the risk, we should not share items like toothbrushes, razors or needles.
One must limit the number of sex partners and always use barrier protection e.g. latex condoms.
One along with the family members must be vaccinated with hepatitis A and B vaccines. It may reduce the risk of acquiring contagious diseases.