The liver is a very important organ in your body. Its job is to recognize the toxic substances in your body and converts them into harmless material to be released. The liver only weighs three pounds and is located in the right side of the abdomens underneath the rib cage connected to the gallbladder. The liver can also communicate with other digestive organs and receive information on nutrient levels and any threats making its way to decide whether to circulate toxins through the blood or eliminate them altogether. There are many things to do and avoid in order to prevent getting liver cancer.
It is important to keep your weight under control to prevent fatty liver disease which can lead to cirrhosis, which causes scarring damage to the liver, as well as less carbs to avoid leaving fat deposits in the liver. Exercise is also important to help the heart pump out more blood and help out the nutrients reach reproductive or digestive organs, bringing a healthy menstrual cycle and normal bowel movements.
For unexplained reasons, coffee can help protect the liver by optimizing the flow of bile. Alcohol is very dangerous for your liver as it can damage liver cells and lead to swelling or scarring. It is recommended by the U.S. government for men to have no more than two alcoholic dreams and for women to have no more than one. Since alcohol is processed in the liver, the liver would have to work overtime to bring the body back to normal.
The environment you live in should be a toxic-free environment away from aerosol products and insecticides, cigarette smoke, and processed food with ingredients that you cannot pronounce. Cholesterol drugs can have a bad effect on the liver such as if too much Tylenol is taken, it can hurt the liver. Taking herbal antioxidant boosting herbs like milk thistle, dandelion root, holy basil, and bupleurum can help metabolize food, eliminate waste, and balance hormones.
It is also important to let go of any anger you are feeling and keep a positive energy because stress can be bad for your liver too as it impacts your reproductive, endocrine, digestive, and immune systems.Your liver should always be healthy in order for it to do its job. We only have one liver so we cannot take advantage of it and be in a position where it can fail.
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Page last reviewed and medically fact-checked | January 29, 2020