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Are You Secretly Hurting Your Liver?

By Sara Butler

You know all those detoxes that people are trying to get you to buy into? Well, you already have a way to naturally detox and it's called your liver! The liver is one of the largest organs in your body -- and also one of the most important. It cleanses your blood, turns nutrients to energy, stores important vitamins and minerals, and eliminates toxins. But there are some things you may be doing that hurt your liver. Here are just a few.

Too Much Alcohol

Everyone knows that drinking too much alcohol is bad for your body, but it's especially bad for your liver. If you drink too much it can cause damage to your liver, causing ongoing inflammation and requiring your liver to work overtime. This can lead to scar tissue that can then lead to liver failure.

If you're a healthy adult, you can safely drink in moderation in most cases, but if you have a family history of alcohol-related diseases of the liver, it's best to limit your use.

Not Getting Enough Water

If you're consistently not drinking enough water each day, it's bad for your body as a whole -- but it's also bad for your liver. Dehydration can have an impact on the way your liver functions, limiting its ability to detoxify properly. Make sure you consume enough water each day to keep your body healthy -- and your liver, too!

Smoking

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 480,000 people die each year from smoking-related illnesses. Other studies have also found that smoking was linked to about half of all cancers that affect the liver.

You know that smoking is bad for your body as a whole, but it's especially taxing on your liver, introducing harmful chemicals to your blood and putting stress on the organ. This causes cell damage that can turn into cancer.

Eating Too Much Sugar

You know you have to limit how much sugar you have in your diet since it can have an impact on your waistline and your blood sugar, but it can also cause liver damage. Your liver can become overwhelmed if too much sugar, especially fructose, is introduced to it over time. This can damage the liver. That's why you should limit foods high in high-fructose corn syrup and refined sugar such as baked goods and soda.

Keep your liver as healthy as you can -- it's important!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Houston, Tex.

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