Love your liver

Your liver is an incredible organ that works hard 24 hours a day. Lots of the food you swallow gets absorbed from your stomach and intestines, and then travels to the liver. Your amazing liver helps digest nutrients, store energy for later, make other substances that your body needs, and it also works to cleanse the body of harmful toxins.

Some things we eat or drink can damage the liver, probably you have heard of the risk of liver damage from drinking too much alcohol. But the liver can also become damaged without excess and prolonged alcohol use. This is called non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH for short.

What is NASH? It is an accumulation of fat in the liver that causes inflammation and scarring. Often there are no symptoms, because the liver is great at repairing itself. When symptoms of feeling tired and or abdominal pain occur, it can be later in the progression of the disease. There is no cure for NASH.  For some people it may lead to liver cirrhosis, which is an irreversible scarring of the liver, with many nasty health consequences, and which may require a liver transplant.  This means it is a good idea to care for your hard working liver.

What can you do to care for your liver? The top 2 things you can do:

1. Avoid added sugar. Fructose actually turns into fat in your liver. Table sugar is half fructose. That tasty white stuff  behaves just like alcohol in your liver.

2. Maintain a healthy weight.

 

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