The liver is your second largest organ and is responsible for many crucial functions including removing toxins from the body, fighting infections, controlling cholesterol levels and aiding digestion. However, this vital organ is often overlooked when we are thinking about our health, particularly as there aren't many obvious signs or symptoms in the early stages to show that we could be suffering from liver problems. So take a look at our 7 ways to look after your liver and find out what you need to do to keep your liver healthy.
- Modify your units. Recent guidelines now recommend just 14 units per week for men and women. Your liver has to cope with your alcohol consumption – too much and it becomes inflamed leading to alcoholic liver disease.
- Count your calories. Being overweight or obese is the biggest cause of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
- Watch your waistline. Carrying too much weight around your middle is a sign of excess visceral fat - that’s fat around your internal organs including your liver.
- Get the dose right. Taking too much of some over-the-counter medicines or even prescribed medicines can cause liver inflammation. Make sure you read the labels and never take more than the recommended dose.
- Don’t smoke. As if there weren’t enough reasons to give up smoking, knowing that harmful chemicals in cigarettes can damage your liver is another reason to quit.
- Get vaccinated. Hepatitis is a leading cause of liver disease. If you’re travelling to a high risk country make sure you’re protected against Hepatitis A and B.
- Check your iron. Iron overload syndrome means your body can’t get rid of excess iron, eventually leading to liver damage. This can be done easily with an Iron Status Check.
The good news is that early liver damage can be reversed through lifestyle changes. So test your liver with our easy-to-use home-to-lab Liver Check and spot early signs of inflammation. Don’t wait for symptoms. Get tested today!