There are many ways you can Love Your Liver and help it function at its best, including:
Take 2-3 days in a row off alcohol
This will keep your total intake down and gives your liver time to recover. Providing your liver has no lasting damage, it can repair itself very quickly; it can take as little as 24 hrs to go back to normal. Why not make a change to your drinking habits with the help of Drinkaware? Check out their tips to help make that change.
Eat well and exercise regularly. If you are overweight you increase your risk of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. Cutting down on your daily food indulgences and not overloading on sugary drinks will all help to optimise your liver function.
Feeling constantly tired?
Go to your GP and ask for a liver function test. Your liver has no nerve endings so finds it hard to complain when something is wrong. Get yourself checked out if you feel you may have pushed the boundaries on a regular basis with alcohol and/or fatty foods.
Don’t get to the stage where you turn yellow
Any hints of jaundice – yellowing of eyes or skin – can be an indicator of liver damage. If you notice any yellowing, visit your GP straight away.
Remember your ABCs
If you are planning to travel abroad make sure you visit your GP or local travel clinic in plenty of time to see if you need vaccinations to protect yourself from Hepatitis A and B. Hepatitis A, B and C can be picked up by having unprotected sex or through tattoo parlours where hygiene may not be up to standard.
Ever had a blood transfusion?
If you have had a blood transfusion before 1991, the blood may not have been screened for viral hepatitis. You may be at risk and should visit your GP for a blood test. You may have had a transfusion after a caesarean section or after a serious accident.
For more tips, health advice and information, visit the British Liver Trust website: www.britishlivertrust.org.uk