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liver problem’s root causes and its treatment

Sep 11, 2019

Liver problem is one of the most dreaded health problems today because its severity is life-threatening and sometimes with little hope of recovery. This is why you should be very cautious of infections and your diet as both may have a direct impact on your liver.

The liver organ – its importance to the body

The liver is largest and one of the most sensitive parts of the human body because it functions on the sole responsibility of replacing damaged cells and producing the bile – a fluid that aids in digestion and absorption of food in the duodenum. It is located on the right side of the abdomen and is about the size of a basketball. Additionally, the liver is also functional in the following ways:

  • For storing the excessive sugar in glycogen form, keeping it for when the body requires more energy by converting it back to glucose for the body.
  • It produces amino acids required for generating proteins and resistance against infections in the body.
  • It extracts waste from food digested and converts them to urea contained in the urine that is excreted from the body.
  • It breaks down medications and allocates their elements to where it is needed in the body.
  • It processes and stores iron needed for producing red blood cells and aiding in blood clots.


Different types of Liver problems and their symptoms

A liver problem is any form of malfunctioning of the liver that affects the general health of the body. There are many factors that could disturb or distort the functionality of the liver. Major causes of liver problems include hepatitis infections, excess amounts of acetaminophen in drugs, alcohol, obesity, cirrhosis, and genetic factors. Let’s look into each of them briefly.

  • Hepatitis infections: Hepatitis infections (A, B, C, D, and E) are caused by viruses that can be contacted through blood, semen or body waste and contaminated food and drinks. These viruses cause inflammation in the liver that reduces its efficiency.
  • An excessive amount of acetaminophen: Drugs like Vicodin used for relieving pain and fever with an excessive amount of acetaminophen can cause liver failure over time and lead to difficulty in urinating.
  • Alcohol abuse: This is when alcohol is taken without moderation or in excessive amounts. This, over time, weakens the liver; hence reducing its effectiveness in handling toxins in the body. People who are addicted to alcohol have a high risk of experiencing liver problems in the latter phases of their lives.
  • Obesity and Overweight: Excessive fats in the body can accumulate in the liver resulting in fatty liver disease.
  • Genetic factors: This occurs when one or both parents transfer an abnormal gene that builds up in the liver and eventually damages it. Examples of genetic liver problem include hemochromatosis, hyperoxaluria and oxalosis, Wilson's disease and Alpha-1 anti-trypsin deficiency.
  • Cirrhosis: Cirrhosis is the scarring of the liver that could lead to an acute liver failure, which is a life-threatening situation with very minimal hope of recovery.

The liver is also considered as a very tough tissue because of its textile strength to resist damages for a long period of time. Research shows that the liver only begins to malfunction when about 75% of its tissues are affected or damaged. However, this long period should be utilized to manage and restore the liver health early enough, to avoid the severity of the damages.

Common symptoms of liver problems are physical weakness, yellow colored eyes and skin (jaundice), swelling in the legs and ankles, abdominal swelling and pain, dark-colored urine, pale, bloody or tar-colored stool, nausea or vomiting, fatigue, weight loss and loss of appetite.

Also, liver problems can be detected through blood tests, scans, ultrasound, and liver biopsy. 

How can I prevent or manage my liver problems (Natural remedies for Liver)?

There are different measures depending on the cause of the liver problem. Some require a diet control, immunity, or surgery. Some measures to prevent liver problems:

  • Moderation in alcohol consumption: A bottle of alcohol a day is recommended for stable health, especially in the case of females. More than the mentioned amount a day can lead to alcohol-inflicted liver disease.
  • Moderation in chemically preserved drinks and juices: Non-alcoholic drinks can also destroy your liver or bladder when taken in excess. Avoid using chemical drinks to quench your thirst. Water is most effective for dehydration as it is also helpful for flushing out toxins that could damage your liver and bladder.
  • Avoid the risk of contacts with body fluids: Be cautious of contaminated contacts like through needles (injections, tattoo piercing or hair making for females). Make sure the needles aren’t shared with anybody else. Also, use protective measures during sex such as condoms to avoid transmission by semen.
  • Ensure that you are vaccinated: It is usually advised that vaccinations are taken at birth for hepatitis A and B in order to reduce risk of contamination.
  • Avoid self-medication and over-medication: Do not consume drugs without a prescription and stick to prescribed doses only. Avoid taking drugs when not necessary and avoid mixing medications with alcohol, this could be very detrimental to your liver and health in general.
  • Avoid inhaling toxic chemicals: Try to avoid air fresheners, insecticides, chemicals, etc. contacting with your skin when applying them. Wash your hands properly after using them to avoid poisoning.
  • Maintain a healthy diet: A well-balanced diet can help to manage weight gain to maintain cholesterol in the body which may otherwise lead to fatty liver disease. There are foods (foods for liver) that could really improve your heart, such as coffee, green tea, blueberries, grapefruits, prickly pear, broccoli, mustard greens, nuts, olive oil, fatty fishes, etc.

The way forward…

The liver organ is a very important organ that you should make conscious efforts to maintain its health and effectiveness. Learning to incorporate these foods to your regular diets and taking preventive measures would do well in keeping your organ at its best condition. They say prevention is better than cure. So don’t wait till your liver cries for help. Start caring for your liver today and it will, most certainly, return the favor.
 

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