Monday, August 18, 2008

Different ways to protect our Liver

9 Ways how you can Love your Liver:

1. Liver stores the iron reserves you need, as well as a lot of vitamins and other minerals. Without liver, you wouldn't have the strength to carry on!

2. Liver makes bile to help digest your food.

3. Liver detoxifies poisonous chemicals you give it, and that includes alcohol, beer, wine and drugs (prescribed and over-the-counter) as well as illegal substances.

4. Liver stores energy, like a battery, by stockpiling sugar (carbohydrates, glucose and fat) until you need it. Without it, the sugar level in your blood could fall dramatically and you'd go into a coma.

5. Liver makes the blood that got your system going even before you were born.

6. Liver manufactures new proteins that your body needs to stay healthy and grow.
7. Liver removes poisons from the air, exhaust smoke and chemicals you breathe.

8. Liver makes clotting factors that stop the bleeding when you accidentally prick yourself.

9. Liver helps defend you against the germs going into your body all the time. It takes those cold germs, flu bugs and other germs you encounter, and knock them dead - or at least weaken them.

Now, let me tell you about a most common liver disease called as Fatty Liver.
What is Fatty Liver?
• Fatty liver is the collection of excessive amounts of fat inside liver cells, also called steatosis - mostly triglycerides.

Common types of Fatty Liver –
1. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) - affect people who drink little or no alcohol. simple fatty liver (steatosis), usually causes no liver damage
2. Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a more serious type caused by hepatitis infection, malnutrition, obesity, diabetes mellitus, and Reye's syndrome.
3. Alcoholic steatosis – The cause is alcohol by abuse.

What are the symptoms?
Fatty liver usually produces no symptoms. Jaundice, right-side abdominal pain, abdominal swelling, fever.
· At more advanced stage, liver becomes cirrhosis
· Cirrhosis refers to scarring of the liver. It replaces healthy tissue.
· Scar tissue cannot do what healthy liver tissue does.
· Scar tissue also blocks the normal flow of blood through the liver.
· Cirrhosis can be life-threatening, but it can also be controlled if treated early.
How is it diagnosed?
• The liver may be tender when the abdomen is pressed.
• Blood tests - for liver function.
• Ultrasound or abdominal CT scan.

What is the treatment?
1. Treatment for fatty liver is aimed at eliminating or treating the cause of the condition.
2. In some cases, fatty liver is reversible if caught early in its development.
3. Pregnancy-related fatty liver is treated by delivering the baby, if viable.
4. Severe liver damage can occur if fatty liver is left untreated. In these cases, the patient may eventually require a liver transplant

Now, let me tell you some easy ways to take preventive actions to love your liver enough:
1. Don't drown liver in beer, alcohol or wine!
2. Watch those drugs! All drugs are chemicals, and when you mix them up without a doctor's advice you could create something poisonous that could damage liver badly. Medicine is sometimes necessary. But taking pills when they aren't necessary is a bad habit. All those chemicals can really hurt a liver.
3. Be careful with aerosol sprays! Remember, liver have to detoxify what you breathe in, too. So when you are cleaning with aerosol cleaners, make sure the room is ventilated, or wear a mask. That goes double for bug sprays, mildew sprays, paint sprays and all those other chemical sprays you use. Be careful what you breathe!
4. Watch what gets on your skin! Those insecticides you put on trees and shrubs not only kill bugs they can get to me right through your skin and destroy liver cells, too. Remember they're all chemicals. Cover your skin with gloves, long sleeves, a hat and mask every time insecticides are in the air or if you're handling them.
5. Don't eat too much fatty food! Liver makes the cholesterol your body needs, and it tries to make the right amount. Eat a good, well balanced nourishing diet.

We can thus protect our liver by taking enough careful precautions against the following above guidelines thus keeping our liver healthy and disease-free thus attaining good health as all of us yearn always.

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