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Love your Liver Month

New year, new awareness days and months! January marks the beginning of love your liver month. What does this entail?

The recent festive period has caused people to overindulge in alcohol and all things merry, but this can have an adverse effect on the health of your liver. That is why January is all about promoting the health of your liver. As many people know, the liver can repair itself, but only to a certain extent.

One in five people is at risk of liver disease and these numbers are constantly increasing. If liver disease is diagnosed at a late stage, it can lead to cancer. However, 90% of liver disease is preventable but still one of the biggest causes of death for people in the 35-49 age bracket.

The liver is the second largest organ in the body, and it performs many important functions. It produces bile, which helps in the breakdown of fats. It removes toxins in the body and has roles in metabolism. It also helps in the production of hormones and the decomposition of red blood cells.

The three main but preventable causes of liver disease in the UK include alcohol, obesity and viral hepatitis.

How to love your liver this January and in 2023!

Cut down on your alcohol consumption. Give your body a rest and try to stay away from booze for three days a week. This gives your liver a chance to repair.

Eat a healthy and balanced diet and try and stay active. It is hard to with January being cold and dreary, but it will greatly benefit you in the long term. It’s never too early to start working on your summer body!

To protect yourself from viral hepatitis, get vaccinated against Hep A and Hep B. Test regularly for STIs and HIV. Practice safe sex and only go to licensed professionals for tattoos and piercings.

So start the new year on the right note – eat well and healthily, cut back on alcohol and be mindful of your organs! They do a lot of work behind the scenes.


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