Five bad habits that damage your liver
Published: 02:30 PM, 9 February 2020 Updated: 04:21 PM, 9 February 2020
The liver is one of the most vital organs in the human body. It plays a significant role in keeping the body properly functioning and toxin-free. Everything you put inside your body is processed by the liver before its nutrients can be distributed throughout the body. The liver has a wide range of functions and it plays a vital role in a number of physiological processes, including blood detoxification and metabolic function. As a result, our body’s health is directly related to the health of our liver.
Although the liver is capable of replacing damaged cells, if too many cells are lost, the liver may not be able to function correctly. There are several bad habits that are part of our everyday life which may increase the risk of liver damage and which you need to stop following immediately.
Overuse of Medications
Our liver performs the role of breaking down substances that are supplied from the mouth, including medicines, herbs and supplements. However, consuming too much of all these can slowly harm the liver and lead to a mild to complete liver failure.
There are numerous side-effects of smoking and liver damage is one of them. The effect of cigarette smoke impacts the organ indirectly. The toxic chemicals present in cigarette smoke gradually reach the liver and cause oxidative stress, producing free radicals that damage liver cells.
Sleep deprivation can cause oxidative stress to the liver. A study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine reveals why shift workers and people who suffer from sleep deprivation suffer from a range of health problems. Including obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.
This study found that the livers of the subjects weren’t processing fat efficiently, allowing fat to accumulate. Furthermore, when we sleep, our body goes into a repair process. Therefore, you need to make sure that you get a good 8 hours of sleep per night, as a lack of sleep will ruin your elimination process and damage your liver.
Not only teeth, but too much sugar can also harm your liver. The organ uses one type of sugar, called fructose, to make fat. Too much refined sugar and high-fructose corn syrup cause a fatty buildup that can lead to liver disease. Some studies show that sugar can be as damaging to the liver as alcohol, even if you’re not overweight.
Research shows that people who drink a lot of soft drinks are more likely to have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Studies don’t prove that the drinks were the cause. But if you down a lot of sodas and have been meaning to cut back, this could be a good reason to switch what you sip.
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