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Health & Wellness

Ways You Can Take Care of Your Liver

Healthy Lifestyle

Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly help the liver to work well. Eating an unhealthy diet can lead to liver disease. For example, a person who eats a lot of fatty foods is at higher risk of being overweight and having non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

Limit the Amount of Alcohol You Drink

Alcohol can damage or destroy liver cells. Liver damage can lead to the build up of fat in your liver (fatty liver), inflammation or swelling of your liver (alcohol-related hepatitis), and/or scarring of your liver (cirrhosis). For people with liver disease, even a small amount of alcohol can make the disease worse. Talk to your doctor about what amount of alcohol is right for you.

Manage Your Medications

When medicines are taken incorrectly – by taking too much or the wrong type or by mixing – the liver can be harmed.

  • Learn about medicines and how they can affect the liver
  • Follow dosing instructions
  • Talk to a doctor or pharmacist often about the medicines you are taking

Avoid Breathing in or Touching Toxins

Toxins can injure liver cells.

  • Limit direct contact with toxins from cleaning and aerosol products, insecticides, chemicals, and additives in cigarettes
  • Do not smoke

TIPS FOR HEALTHY LIVING
Dr. Lisa Vanwagner
Northwestern University
March 15, 2017


FITNESS, EXERCISE & LIVER WELLNESS


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