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Liver Health and management


 

Liver in the doctors hand, shows protection

 

 

The liver is a vital organ located in the upper portion of the abdominal cavity, responsible for various functions to keep the body's physiology normal. The healthy liver performs the following functions;

The liver detoxifies toxic substances, removes poisons and proportions such as alcohol and certain drugs.
Our liver is the site for glucose storage in form of glycogen. Excess glucose is converted by liver cells to glycogen when liver cells respond to insulin when blood sugars rise.  

synthesis of plasma proteins.

the filter of bilirubin concentrated in the blood.

production of bile responsible for emulsification. 

Therefore health status of the liver is important and should be watched out, maintained to prevent the liver conditions from deteriorating since when the liver is damaged it will negatively impact liver physiology and one's health. Consumption of alcohol and unhealthy dietary practices like fried foods high in saturated fats, red meat refined foods, and savory dishes, tend to cause liver diseases. 

Alcohol consumption causes inflammation of the liver thus the damage results in scarring called cirrhosis. when the liver is damaged the conditions worsen if proper care is not put and for that, the liver fails and losses its day-to-day functions.
 
Liver failure complications; 
 
When the liver fails it affects the body's physiology too. The individual with failed liver experiences appetite loss- desire to crave for food, as usual, reduces hence impacts one nutrient intake and health, blood in the stool caused by bleeding in the varicose veins edema ascites which is fluid build in the abdomen, nausea, and vomiting.

 Liver damage can also be noticed when an individual has pale and yellow skin illustrating jaundice due to bilirubin concentration in the blood. Bilirubin concentration occurs when the liver affected fails to filter excess bilirubin from the bloodstream.
 
Keeping the Liver healthy; 
 
liver health is ensuring the liver is in good condition, normal functioning without disorders and any related complications. 

Tips that help one attain healthy liver;

Eat acidic fruits such as citrus fruits like oranges and lemon juice which stimulate the liver and enzymes to help in detoxification, green leafy vegetables high in micronutrients and low in fats and calories to improve cholesterol levels.

Eat good and healthy fats - avoid saturated fats high in cholesterol. 

Maintain healthy body weight- overweight and obesity increase chances of being hypercholesterolemia thus causing side effects to the liver.

Maintain hygiene and sanitation- other than eating healthy food and a balanced diet personal hygiene is of essence to prevent contraction of illnesses through coming in contact with pathogens such as viruses and bacteria.

Be physically active- exercise burns excess fats and calories to prevent accumulation in the body.
Get vaccinated - receive hepatitis B virus vaccine to prevent contraction of the disease.
Limit and avoid alcohol and other illicit drugs since they play a negative role in damaging liver cells.
 
Nutritional management for liver disease. 
 
Limit or avoid saturated fats better opt for unsaturated fats.
 
Consume fruits and vegetables, for example, broccoli, spinach, grapes, and garlic, some of these fruits and vegetables are antioxidants that can prevent your liver cells from free radicals causing cancer.
 
Consume plant proteins to meet protein requirements instead of animal proteins like red meat which can worsen the symptoms.
 
Limit sodium intake to prevent edema ascites which involves fluid retention.
 
Eat complex carbohydrates, avoid refined foods. Refined foods are high in calories, cholesterol, and glycemic index they increase blood glucose levels, damaged liver cells cant regulate glucose causing further problems, if the liver can convert excess glucose thus excess glucose can be converted to triglycerides which is still a burden to the liver.
 
Avoid alcohol and cigar rates smoking. Smoking can execute symptoms thus affecting liver cells leading to hepatocellular carcinoma a liver cancer.
Edward K.E

Nutrition fit health for all

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