Your liver is one of the largest and most important organs in your body. According to the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care, the liver converts the nutrients in foods you consume into beneficial proteins and substances for cells when they need them. Additionally, it takes unnatural, toxic substances – such as alcohol – and turns them into harmless materials before they disperse throughout the body.
Unfortunately, 3.9 million adults were diagnosed with liver disease in 2015 according to a national health survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those diagnosed, deaths totaled 40,326. Common causes of the disease include viruses, alcohol use, and obesity.
“Common causes of liver disease include viruses, alcohol use, and obesity.”
Because the liver plays such a vital role in keeping your body in top shape, it’s important to give it the same love and care it provides for you. Here are four natural ways to protect your liver:
1. Cut the Unhealthy Habits
The liver is the body’s natural filtration system. When you follow bad habits, this critical organ becomes overworked and may not be able to process toxins efficiently. Drinking alcohol, for example, can disrupt the metabolism of the liver and lead to inflammation that causes scarring, also known as cirrhosis. Cutting this unhealthy habit will put less pressure on your liver and keep it in better shape.
2. Drink Coffee
Drinking a cup of coffee can give you that jolt of energy you crave in the morning, but did you ever consider it a liver savior? According to a report by Reuters Health, drinking coffee can reduce liver damage caused by food or alcohol, potentially lowering one’s risk of developing liver cirrhosis all around.
While coffee may help take care of your liver, we don’t recommend solely relying on it for energy. You can get a natural energy boost by following a primarily raw, plant-based diet.
3. Exercise Regularly
Exercising reduces your risk of becoming overweight or obese – one of the common causes of liver disease. Make it a priority to spend at least 150 minutes every week dedicated to moderately intense aerobic activity, plus a mix of muscles strengthening exercises.
Regular exercise reduces your risk for liver disease.
4. Follow a Healthy Diet
Much like all of the other systems in your body, a healthy diet can go a long way when it comes to protecting your liver. Liver disease can be caused by a buildup of fat deposits that leads to inflammation, which makes avoiding obesity a must. Following our primary raw, plant-based diet made up of nutritious vegetables and fruits that are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants cleanses the liver and ensures optimal function.