being pushed to its limits until it’s unable to function the way it’s supposed to and is forced to damage itself, Kingsley shares.
“Too much of the wrong food can easily overwork the organ, prompting it to store all the excess fat it failed to break down in its own liver cells which leads to liver inflammation and cell damage over time,” she adds.
Not getting enough sleep
All that “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” talk is not good for your health.
“…Along with plenty of other detrimental consequences on health, lack of sleep is particularly damaging to the liver due to its oxidative stress effects that lead to higher pressure on the liver. It creates an interference with the organ’s ability to process fat efficiently, causing fat to amass which invites obesity, diabetes, and heart disease to be developed,” Kingsley notes.
Not to mention the fact that an organ that has over 500 daily tasks needs a restful night’s sleep to keep functioning properly.
“Be sure to get 8 hours of sleep each night to provide your system with all the benefits it needs to fulfill its duties in keeping you alive and well,” Kingsley advises.
Not getting enough exercise
As you probably know by now, exercising is great for our overall health, and it is no different with our liver.
“…An inactive lifestyle increases hepatic fatty infiltration, as well as hepatic inflammation and fibrosis,” Kingsley notes. This increases the risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and liver damage.
The best way to approach this is to find a balance between sitting and being comfortable vs being active.
Drinking in moderation can offer positive benefits, but if you are a heavy drinker and/or exceed two drinks per day, your liver may be at risk. Heavy alcohol drinking can leave the organ constantly inflamed, which increases the risks of fatal conditions like cirrhosis, liver cancer, and liver failure, Kingsley points out.
Our liver plays a vital role in how we function on a daily basis. By being more mindful of our daily habits and the things we are putting into our bodies, we can prevent any further damage to our liver. The good news is that our liver is pretty resilient.