How to protect your liver from disease: 9 simple tips
Our liver performs more than 500 important functions: it participates in digestion, metabolizes proteins, fats and carbohydrates, supports the immune system and neutralizes toxins. Therefore, a lot depends on her healthy state.
So, and how to take care of the liver (except abstinence from alcohol, cigarettes and junk food)?
1. Maintain a healthy weight
If you are obese or overweight, you risk getting non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. By the way, this is one of her most common chronic diseases.
2. Keep a balance in nutrition
Avoid high-calorie foods, saturated fats, white bread and white rice, regular pasta and sugar.
Do not eat raw or undercooked clams.
Eat meat, but red in limited quantities, from dairy products – a little cheese and not fat milk.
Love fiber in fresh fruits and vegetables, and also “go” to bake only whole grains and cereals.
Eat more vitamin E, it helps prevent the destruction of liver cells. Therefore, do not forget about nuts, seeds, vegetable oils and leafy greens. Do not be afraid of “good” fats in vegetable oils, nuts, seeds and fish!
3. Exercise regularly
When you are constantly engaged in sports, this helps to “burn” triglycerides, which are absorbed in the intestines and liver and then turn into fat deposits, which means to reduce the accumulation of “fat” in the liver.
At the same time, part of the triglycerides remains circulated through the blood – their main function is the conservation and accumulation of energy.
4. Drink plenty of water
Water plays an important role in helping the liver “flush out” toxins from our system. Drink at least a liter of water per day.
5. Avoid toxins – they can harm liver cells.
Limit direct contact with toxins found in cleaning products and aerosols and other chemicals. When using aerosols, make sure the room is ventilated and wear a mask.
6. Do not smoke (one of the obvious tips)
Smoking disrupts the liver and leads to the development of various diseases.
7. Drink alcohol responsibly or abandon it altogether – it can damage or destroy liver cells.
8. Reduce your portion sizes
Some experts are sure that overeating will soon overtake alcohol “in harmful ways” and will become the main cause of liver disease. Therefore, eat more often, but in small portions.
9. “Tie up” with carbonated drinks
Only one such drink daily is associated with a high risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease – it is better to drink water.