What Can Damage The Liver

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The liver is almost our biggest organ, second only to the skin. It weighs about 1.3 kg or 3 pounds and is located on the right side of the body under the rib cage. In fact, this organ is not very high on the list of body parts that people stress a lot about when it comes to prevention of diseases. It usually gets the attention it deserves after something goes wrong. Yet, the liver is definitely important organ in your body, responsible for filtering of the blood coming from the digestive tract and detoxifying chemicals, so it can cause lots of health problems when not functioning properly. Listed below are few surprising things that can damage your liver

1. Sugar

We all know that excessive consumption of sugar is bad for health but not many know that it is bad for liver also. Fructose is a kind of sugar that is used by the liver for the creation of fat. Excess of refined sugar high-fructose corn syrup becomes a reason of fat build-up, leading to liver disease. As per some studies, the amount of damage that sugar can cause is no less than the harm alcohol can cause. And, this can happen even if you are not overweight. This is another reason that one should limit the consumption of food with added sugar such as candy, pastry, and soda.

2. Alcohol

We all know that heavy drinking can damage the liver, but exactly how much is too much? You don’t have to a seasoned alcoholic in order to overdo it with the booze. If you often drink a lot and you do this for a long time, expect a slow but steady deterioration of your liver. This doesn’t mean that you’re not supposed to drink alcohol at all – it means that you should practice a greater control over the amount of your drinking. Moderation in all things is the key to good health.

3. Herb Supplements

The label will always say 100% pure and organic, but that shouldn’t be evidence enough. There are certain herbs that can heal certain symptoms, but cause certain other symptoms to emerge. For example, kava or kava-kava is an herb that relieves the symptoms of menopause, but at the same time, it also messes up with the functions of the liver. Its effects are so adverse that they can cause liver failure and hepatitis. There are several states and countries that have banned the trade of this herb, however, unfortunately, it can be obtained in America. Not just this particular herb, but for every herb, you take, be sure to consult your doctor and discuss its merits and safety.

4. Obesity

If you’re carrying around extra weight, fat can also build-up in your liver cells, which can lead to NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease). It can make the liver swell. Over time, hardened scar tissue can replace healthy tissue, leading to a condition called cirrhosis. People who are overweight or obese, middle-aged, or have diabetes are at highest risk of NAFLD. Eating well and exercise can sometimes reverse the disease before it progresses to cirrhosis, which is usually not reversible.

5. Too Much Vitamin A From Supplements

Vitamin A is vital component required by your body. It is good to get plenty of vitamin A via fruits or vegetables. But artificial supplements rich in vitamin A may damage your liver extensively.

6. Sleeplessness

Surprisingly, sleep deprivation can have some serious effects on your liver’s condition. It was found in a study that sleeplessness can cause oxidative stress to the liver.

7. Acetaminophen

You’ve got a sore back, or a headache, or a cold, and you reach for a pain reliever. Be sure to take the right amount! If you accidentally take too much of anything that has acetaminophen — for instance, a pill for your headache and something else for your cold, and both have acetaminophen in it — it can harm your liver. Check the dose and how much is OK to take in one day. Stick to those limits, and you should be fine.

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Photo by Seth Weisfeld on Unsplash The liver is almost our biggest organ, second only to the skin. It weighs about 1.3 kg or 3 pounds and is located on the right side of the body under the rib cage. In fact, this organ is not very high on the list of body...
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