Our Liver is the largest internal organ in our body and weighs roughly 1.36 kg. It has many important functions among which it helps to flush out the drugs and all other toxins from our body. It is not called a workhorse organ without any reason. If it stops working, our entire system will grind to a halt.. It is fortunate that the liver is the only organ in our body that is capable of reinventing itself. Because of its ability to keep growing, a healthy person can donate half his / her liver to someone who needs it and it can still grow to its full size over time! Amazing Liver!
With proper care and nutrition, this mighty organ can last us throughout your lifetime and ensure we don't fall prey to Fatty Liver or Liver Cirrhosis (Liver Disease).
Let's look at the 5 ways to keep our liver alive.
1) Have a healthy Weight
If you are overweight or obese, shedding all that extra pounds can help reduce inflammation and insulin resistance, markers linked to greater risk of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD). Make sure your BMI never exceeds 23, the number that is ideal for avoiding NAFLD.
2) Eat Healthy - Your liver breaks down fats and carbs and also has the lousy job of filtering toxins out of your blood. You can make its job a lot easier by eating a cleaner diet. Fill up on nuts, seeds, green vegetables, etc.
3) Get Regular Exercise - Regular workouts can aid your liver by improving insulin sensitivity and burning up fat in your bloodstream before it makes its way to your blood stream. Hit the gym at least 3 times a week. This is the minimum required to improve signs of getting NAFLD.
4) Cut back on Alcohol - Our liver has a masterful job of metabolizing alcohol. If you over abuse alcohol, the byproducts of alcohol metabolizing can damage cells in your liver thus impairing its function. Limit yourself to not more than 2 drinks a day. That is 24 oz of regular beer or 10 oz of wine.
5) Watch your intake of Painkillers - We are always on the lookout to reduce our aches with acetaminophen but too much can wipe out our liver. Our body makes toxic byproducts as it breaks down the drug. In fact painkiller overdoses are a top cause of liver disease. Don't exceed 4000mg of acetaminophen a day. Remember acetaminophen lurks in over 600 medications, so we can accidentally ingest it too much too.