Things That Are Bad For Your Liver Besides Liquor

October 12, 2016  |  
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Whether you’re quitting alcohol and need all the help you can get in the liver-cleansing department, or you already don’t drink booze so you can keep your liver healthy, you need to know that liquor isn’t the only thing that’s bad for your liver. It’s also important to know that there is no medical treatment or procedure that can prevent liver failure, so that’s an organ you should really do your best to take care of. Once your liver function slows down due to over-consumption of one toxin, it can fail to filter out all other toxins. Even people who make a point of leading healthy lives aren’t always aware of common liver toxins they encounter every day. So, aside from copious amounts of booze, here are surprising(and a few obvious) things that are bad for your liver.

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Cigarettes

If you thought you could just smoke instead of drink and avoid liver damage, you were wrong. Studies have found that over half of individuals with liver cancer are or have been smokers.

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Kava Kava

Kava kava is an herbal supplement that some women take for menopause symptoms, but some studies have shown that it prevents the liver from functioning properly.

 

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Too much vitamin A

Too much vitamin A can lead to liver abnormalities, so don’t dive right into taking a vitamin A supplement. Talk to your doctor and have bloodwork done to check on your vitamin A levels.

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Sugar

Your liver takes sugar and turns it into fat, but it can only work so fast. If you eat too much sugar, you can end up with a sugar buildup that your liver cannot tackle.

 

 

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Being overweight

Even if you don’t get your fats from sugar, if you carry too much extra fat in your body, this can harm your liver. The excess fat cells can lead to fatty liver disease, which is just as dangerous as alcoholic liver disease.

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Pain relievers

Always follow the dosage recommendations on any acetaminophen-based pain reliever. Taking even one pill too many can cause severe liver damage.

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Excess booze

You know that excess booze can cause liver damage but do you know what excess means? For women, it means any more than one drink per day.

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Trans fats

Research has found that people who eat a diet high in manmade fat trans fats are at a higher risk for being overweight, which we already know puts you at risk for liver damage.

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Sodium

Too much sodium in your diet can also lead to fatty liver disease. So even a low-calorie, low-fat food that’s high in salt can be a problem.

 

 

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Needles

If you want to get a tattoo, make sure the needle is clean. Auto-immune hepatitis causes your immune system to turn on your liver, which can result in liver disease.

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Monosodium Glutamate

Studies have found a link between regular consumption of monosodium glutamate (MSG) has fatty liver disease. In case you needed another reason to avoid the stuff.

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Artificial sweeteners

People who already have liver disease are advised to avoid artificial sweeteners entirely, which means they probably aren’t great for still-healthy individuals. These chemically-produced items can cause toxic reactions in your body.

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Your DNA

Unfortunately, you may be born into a risk of liver disease. Tyrosinemia, Alagille syndrome, Wilson disease and galactosemia are all inherited types of liver disease. If your family has a history of these ailments, it’s especially important to stay away from the items on this list.

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Poor water sources

Hepatitis A can be contracted by drinking contaminated water, and cause your immune system to attack your liver. If you’re traveling in an area with poor water sources, only drink bottled water.

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Mistletoe

While mistletoe supplements can be good for some things, high doses of them can harm your liver.

 

 

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