TodayApril 15, 2022

Don’t drink and drive

Every part of your body is essential, and no matter what age you’re at, you should be making an active effort to look after every part of it. So with that in mind, here are some tips to look after your liver.

Be Careful With Alcohol

Alcohol is something that many of us enjoy, and it’s good to make sure that this is always in moderation. However, there’s been a change in how generations are drinking alcohol. What was once something to enjoy, has now got people intending to drink until they’re drunk. This attitude towards drinking isn’t a positive one, and for some, binge drinking is the norm. Alcohol can have negative impacts on your body, and so you must be taking a break from alcohol every so often. Damaging your liver can have serious consequences, and you don’t want to be putting your body under that much stress and damage in any situation willingly. Moderate your alcohol levels and try to be strict with your consumption and how much you have every week.

Take Extra Vitamins If Needed

Vitamins are great to boost your health and immune system. As humans, we all have varying amounts of minerals and vitamins in our body from what we consume and what our bodies naturally produce. Sometimes though, you may find that you lack specific vitamins, and that could be having a knock-on effect on how you’re feeling day-to-day. It’s a good idea to look at particular types of vitamins that you can take to boost your levels of that specific vitamin or mineral that your body, in particular, might need. So look at all the options out there, including products like AHCC and other vitamins you can get for the more external parts of your body like your skin, hair, and nails.

Watch Out For Certain Medication

You want to be careful when it comes to a particular medication because not all medication is going to be beneficial to your body. There are ones that can cause toxic liver disease in medicines like aspirin and ibuprofen. So you must know what you’re taking, in terms of medicine, as and when you need it. Some people can become addicted to painkillers, and so that can have a severely damaging effect on the liver. As much as some medications help, always ask your doctor or someone in the healthcare professional before you go taking any form of medicine.

Eat The Right Foods

The food we consume on a daily basis has an impact on our bodies. From those takeouts, you might have on a Friday to your greek yogurt or cereal that you have for breakfast. Whether it’s healthy for you or not, it all contributes to the overall health of your bodily organs and in particular, your liver. When it comes to your liver, you want to be eating the right food that is only going to support it and not do damage to it. Surprisingly, coffee can be useful for your liver health as it helps fight fatty liver disease. You’ve got foods like oatmeal, berries, and various other fruits that are great. Green tea and herbal tea, in general, are also useful to consume. Try to have control over the types of food you eat, and again, like alcohol, it’s all about moderation. You want to make sure that you’re balancing out the wrong food with the good. It’s fine to treat yourself with a few unhealthy snacks, but make sure it doesn’t become too much of a regular thing.

Exercise Regularly

Exercise, although not the most appealing to everyone, is essential for your health. It’s very beneficial that you are getting some form of exercise at least once a week, if not every day. Activity is vital to get the blood pumping and to work off all that bad food in the form of extra fat. This fat could be around parts of your organs and could be affecting how well they function. So try to incorporate some fitness into your daily or weekly routine as often as you can.

Looking after your liver is so good for you and your body for a healthy life. No one wants to damage their body’s most vital organs, so use these tips to help protect your body as much as you can. Exercise, eat well and be strict with your alcohol consumption.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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