I personally believe in the saying that health is wealth. A person may own a nice fancy house and car but if his health is failing, they all amount to nothing. Having a serious health condition can drain a person physically, emotionally and financially. You may not be able to do your regular routine anymore or go to work and maintain a healthy relationship with your family and other people.
In my circle of friends, I have known of a few who have suffered from serious health problems. In particular, I have friends who have suffered from liver problems because of the kind of lifestyle they have. The liver is considered to be one of the most important organs in our body. It is responsible for filtering and processing of the blood that circulates throughout our body. It also detoxifies the body from harmful substances, metabolizes nutrients, and performs many other important functions.
When the liver stops its normal functioning for various reasons, your survival will be at risk. It is not the kind of problem like fleas on humans that you could simply ignore. It is a serious problem that needs medical attention. But to prevent yourself from reaching that point, here are some ways on how you can protect your liver.
1. Drink alcohol moderately. One of the most common causes of liver damage is alcohol abuse. In fact, liver problem is one of the most common health problems among alcoholics. Moderation means taking alcoholic beverages no more than two drinks a day for men and one drink for women.
2. Don’t do illegal drugs and unsafe tattooing and body piercing. Illegal drugs and tattooing are known to destroy the liver.
3. Take medications wisely. Take only prescription or over-the counter medicines when needed and only take the recommended dosage. Also don’t take medicines and drink alcohol; you could not mix both. If you decide to take herbal supplement along with your medication, talk to your doctor about it first.
4. Avoid toxic chemicals. Commercial cleaners, pesticides, insecticides, paint and other products that contain toxic ingredients are known to cause liver problems if you are continuously exposed to them. Use natural home cleaners as much as possible. But if you have to use the commercial one, make sure that the area you are cleaning is well-ventilated and that you are wearing a mask when cleaning. Most importantly, find alternative non-toxic products to the toxic product you are now currently using.
5. Observe a healthy diet. Be sure to include a wide range of fruits and vegetables in your diet and limit foods that are high in fats. This will not only help maintain a healthy weight but also avoid serious liver problems such as fatty liver disease and cirrhosis of the liver.
Aside from protecting your liver, you should also be watchful about the condition of your liver. Liver pain, discoloration of skin and eyes, constant abdominal pain, dark urine and loss of appetite are just among the signs of serious liver problems. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact you doctor immediately.