Common, Everyday Habits that Ruin Your Liver

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6. Alcohol

This is the one everyone is the most familiar with and perhaps the one that causes the most damage. Excessive alcohol consumption lowers your liver’s ability to remove toxins because your liver has to stop most other functions and focus on changing the alcohol to a less toxic compound. This often results in inflammation, fatty liver disease, and, over time, actually damages the liver cells themselves. Continued damage to the liver cells eventually becomes permanent and causes cirrhosis of the liver, which can lead to liver failure.

 

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Excessive alcohol intake not only degrades your liver and damages its cells; when the liver tries to repair the damage, it sometimes leads to mutations that can start other types of cancer within the body.

All of the things listed above that cause liver damage are all completely under your control- every single one. You can reverse most liver damage, providing that it hasn’t gone too far, by quitting smoking, not drinking in excess, not abusing medications and over the counter drugs, and by eating a healthy, plant-based diet, and losing weight through healthy eating and exercise.

You can also try taking B-complex vitamin supplements. B12 is very important to the liver, as it helps with the flow of bile and helps aid in the livers detoxification efforts. B12 is available mainly through meat products, but since B vitamins work together, a B-complex supplement is generally the best way to go.

To help the liver get rid of its stored fat, consider taking lecithin and sulphur supplements, or eat foods that naturally contain these compounds such as egg yolks, fish, cauliflower, cabbage, garlic, onions, legumes, and wheat germ.

References:

Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Liverfoundation.org

Gut.bmj.com

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