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How Alcohol Affects our liver?
The liver is involved in detoxification of our body and digestion of foods. What we eat and drink affects our liver the most. Alcohol is the biggest enemy of the liver as drinking too much may lead to liver damage like inflammation in the organ. Alcohol that we consume breaks down into a chemical called acetaldehyde, which is very toxic to the liver’s health. Alcohol is a common way to blow off steam, but one must be careful knowing its effect on the liver.
So how to protect your liver without leaving alcohol consumption?
Luckily, the below pointers should help you with a natural and healthy way to keep liver damage in check. With the use of herbal hangover pills and a few tips on Ayurvedic treatment for alcoholism, we can ensure liver protectionfrom alcohol damage, party hard and still guard the liver.
1. The ‘too many glasses of alcohol’ rule
While relishing the taste of a glass of wine seems recreational to us, too many glasses of an alcoholic drink can damage the liver. In order to protect your liver, you must limit the number of glasses of alcohol we are consuming. One must set a weekly limit to the number of units of alcohol consumed. As a rule of thumb, this should be 6-7 small units at max for all above the age of 40.
2. Water is your best friend
Alcohol consumption causes dehydration. This in return makes the blood density thicker. With a thicker density, the flow of blood through the liver for purification becomes impossible. Our binge drinking sessions hence can be really damaging to it. To guard and protect your liver against any damage, one must have a reasonable amount of water to keep the body hydrated and have a lower blood density so that it may easily pass through the liver.
3. Maintain a healthy diet
As we have already discussed, eating and drinking is very likely to affect the liver’s health. Therefore, it is essential that one should take care of what we consume to protect the liver from damage. Include leafy vegetables, broccoli, and carrots in the diet. We should also eat acidic fruits (grapefruits, oranges, and lemons), coffee, food rich in Omega-3 (fish, nuts) and fibre rich food items. Also, avoiding food items like soda, processed sugar and food rich in fat can help in keeping the liver healthy.
4. Don’t forget to exercise
We all know gym freaks and we should befriend them and tag along as their gym buddies. Ask us why? Well, exercising has many overall health benefits which include ways to protect your liver from any damage. Hitting the gym can help the body burn triglycerides for fuel. This, in turn, will help reduce liver fat and keep it healthy. Brisk walking, aerobics, running, swimming will help keep the liver fit by burning the excess fat collected in the liver.
5. Take help of antioxidants
Oxidative stress plays a key role in the rise of liver damage due to excessive alcohol consumption. This can also lead to the destruction of tissues and reduction of glutathione (GSH), an antioxidant in the liver. To combat this, one must have liver health supplements or food rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, zinc, manganese, copper and magnesium –all rich antioxidants and can help in protecting the liver.
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