Diseases of the liver are quite common nowadays. There are many different factors that can lead to liver diseases, but there are also many things we can do to maintain or improve the health of the liver.
The two most important lifestyle changes are probably more exercise and a healthier diet. That is why we have dedicated separate pages to these topics:
In addition, there are other habits that may help or harm your liver. The following list shows some of them, but it is not comprehensive and cannot replace a consultation with your doctor.
Be moderate with alcohol
Alcohol is often an important part of our social lives – almost everyone likes to enjoy a drink once in a while. But drinking too much of it can be harmful to your health in many ways, it can even damage your liver. If you are not sure about what amount is safe for you, talk to your doctor. If you already suffer from a liver disease, you should probably quit alcohol completely.
Keep your weight healthy
The risk of developing a fatty liver and other liver diseases is higher for people who are overweight. Maintaining a normal bodyweight has many benefits for your health – and it can also help your liver.
Ensure good hygiene
Wash your hands with soap and warm water right after using the bathroom, after changing a diaper and before preparing or eating food. Don’t share personal hygiene items such as razors, toothbrushes and nail clippers.
Practice safe sex
Sex with multiple partners or unprotected sex can increase your risk of hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
Limit direct contact with toxins
Many products you use every day might contain toxins that can injure the cells of your liver: cleaning and aerosol products, insecticides, chemicals, and additives. If possible, you should try to avoid or limit direct contact with these substances.