The liver is an important organ responsible for digestion and metabolism. Even minor liver damage can be life-threatening. A November 4 issue of the Times of India published what experts from the United States, Britain, Canada, India and Israel have identified as “the nine most liver-damaging killers.”
1. Lack of sleep.
Nowadays, many people have the habit of working or playing at night, but staying up late is the most likely to cause liver disease. The reason is that, during sleep, the human body will enter the self-repair mode, often stay up late not only lead to lack of sleep, the body’s resistance to decline, but also affect the liver at night self-repair. People who are already infected with the hepatitis virus stay up late to make things worse. Professor Neil Colin, an expert with the American Sleep Association, said late sleepers should adjust their schedules as much as possible, preferably before 11:00, to ensure 78-hour sleep each night so that the liver can effectively detoxify and keep the body healthy.
2. I don’t urinate in time when I get up in the morning.
Dr. Daniel Parady, an expert at the European Association for liver Research, said the body’s detoxification can be done by urinating, sweating and defecating. Get up in the morning and urinate as soon as possible, can accumulate overnight toxins in time out of the body, to avoid toxins stranded in the body, resulting in liver “poisoning.”
3. Binge eating.
Many people know that eating too much can increase the gastrointestinal burden, induced fatty liver. Dr. Parady noted that binge eating is both harmful to gastrointestinal health and prone to a significant increase in free radicals in the body. The key role of the liver is to help the body fight free radicals, eliminate toxins, and purify the blood. The more free radicals in the body, the more serious the damage to liver function.
4. No breakfast.
Nutrition experts say eating breakfast can help neutralize stomach acid and protect the liver, reducing the risk of pancreatitis, diabetes, gallstones, constipation and many other diseases. Dr. Hermitt Surrey, a holistic nutritionist in Ontario, Canada, says a healthy breakfast can prolong satiety and prevent liver damage.
5. Too much medicine.
According to a study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, long-term use of drugs such as painkillers can increase the burden of liver detoxification and lead to liver damage. A variety of drugs and their metabolites can cause liver damage, leading to drug-induced hepatitis, said Dr Kenneth Simpson, an expert at King’s Hospital in Edinburgh, UK, who led the new study. These drugs include antibiotics, antipyretic and analgesics, antipsychotics, antidepressants, antiepileptics, sedatives, antihyperthyroidism, antineoplastic, hypoglycemic and cardiovascular drugs. Therefore, the medication must be strictly in accordance with the doctor’s order, under the guidance of the doctor to take.
6. Too much processed food.
Indian registered nutrition therapist Dr. Sidaranzara Hussain says many processed foods are made with preservatives, pigments, artificial sweeteners and other food additives. These additives contain a variety of chemicals which are difficult to decompose in human body, which will increase the burden of liver detoxification and induce liver damage after entering the human body.
7. I prefer fried food.
A study reported by CBS found that eating fried foods for a month can cause significant changes in the liver, triggering changes in enzymes that mimic hepatitis. Dr.Drew Orden, a leading medical expert in the United States, pointed out that the accumulation of fat and saturated fatty acids can lead to fatty liver disease. Unhealthy cooking oil can increase the risk of heart disease and liver disease. Olive and sesame oils are relatively healthier.
8. Eat undercooked or charred food.
Undercooked or overcooked charred foods, especially meat, can also cause liver damage, Dr. Hussein said. Studies have found that drunk shrimp, oysters and half-cooked shellfish often carry bacteria and parasites, once acute gastroenteritis, dysentery, easy to lead to the deterioration of liver disease, and even lead to liver coma.
9. Drinking too much.
Dr. Nemo Achi, an expert on liver disease at the Zef Medical Research Center in Israel, said excessive drinking can reduce the liver’s ability to purify blood, increase toxins in the body, and cause liver damage and a variety of diseases. In addition, alcoholism is also prone to lead to liver poisoning, induced hepatitis. Excessive drinking for a long time is likely to lead to cirrhosis. Drinking high concentrations of alcohol more than two cups a day (25 milliliters) can damage the liver, Dr. Achi said.