The idea we have that our liver is a super organ capable of withstanding everything we throw at it, unfortunately is far from reality.
The liver is the most important purification organ in our body.and unfortunately for us, many of the toxins it removes from our body get stuck in it, and when this dirt accumulates over years, we can enter a downward spiral that leads to nothing good.
Everyone is aware that consuming too much alcohol can damage our liver, however, there are other ways we decimate the health of this precious organ that we may not be realizing.
Here we show you some of the ways in which we damage our liver
1- Processed foods
Processed foods contain chemicals that make them stay fresh longer but also cause oxidative damage to the liver.
Consuming too many calories from fat and carbohydrates can lead to fatty liver.
The liver plays a very important role in our digestion. An active lifestyle helps the liver use energy from carbohydrates more efficiently, reducing the amount we need to move.
3- Excess body fat
The combination of a sedentary lifestyle and excessive consumption of processed foods leads to obesity, which has quite a negative impact on the liver.
Obesity is closely related to non-alcoholic steatosis (NASH). A condition that appears when too much fat accumulates in the liver. Without treatment, NaNLD can lead to liver cancer, cirrhosis, or liver failure even in patients who have never drunk alcohol.
The worrying thing about this disease is that it usually does not present symptoms during its early stages, which means that we are usually not able to discover it until it is in an advanced stage and the resulting problems are usually quite serious.
Paracetamol or acetaminophen is a very popular drug used for its analgesic and antipyretic properties.
At the first sign of a headache, muscle pain, or fever, we immediately reach for one to ease our discomfort; but consuming it in large quantities can damage our liver.
Acetaminophen is especially dangerous when combined with alcohol; taking it to overcome a hangover will only make our liver have to work much harder to cleanse our body.
If you need to relieve a headache after a night of debauchery, ibuprofen is the best option.
5- Slimming products
Weight loss products and dietary supplements, even those that claim to contain herbal and natural substances, can also cause liver damage.
Green tea extract, Lipokinetix and Hydroxycut increase our liver toxicity to the same extent that they promote weight loss.
As a general rule of thumb, if the results of a diet product are too good to be true, there is something wrong with it that could be bad news for your liver.
6- Other medicines
Medicines that contain valproic acid (an anticonvulsant used to treat seizures, bipolar disorder, and migraines) have harmful effects on the liver.
Other fairly common drugs are carbamazepine, phenytoin, levofloxacin and moxifloxacin, popular antibiotics in the treatment of respiratory diseases that end up damaging the liver in many patients.
When these medications are prescribed for an extended period of time, it is important to have regular blood tests to recognize any early signs of liver damage.
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