10 Ways to protect your Liver when you can’t be a teetotaler

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Aug 22, 2014

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Alcohol affects every organ in the body, but the liver is the most susceptible to alcohol-induced damage. Here’s how to protect your liver if you can’t stop drinking alcohol.
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    Alcohol and your Liver

    Liver function ensures that your body detoxifies efficiently. Alcohol affects every organ in the body, but the liver is the most susceptible to alcohol-induced damage. Alcoholic liver disease may develop in individuals who have been drinking heavily for years; at times it can affect moderate drinkers as well. Here’s how to protect your liver if you can’t stop drinking alcohol. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Say No to ‘Drink for Drink’

    You need to realize that alcohol can take a toll on your liver. So, don’t try to keep up the ‘drink for drink’ attitude with your friends. You may think you ‘know your limit’ but don’t get tempted when they ask you for one more drink. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Organic Food Choices

    When you can’t stop drinking, try to do something that makes the liver function easily. Choose organic foods to save your liver from a slew of toxins. Increase the intake of fresh fruits and vegetables to boost liver health. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Eat more Vitamin B, C and Zinc Foods

    The body uses up a considerable amount of nutrients when processing alcohol. Food sources high in vitamin B, C and zinc reverse the damage that alcohol consumption has caused. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Limit Fried Foods and Processed Foods

    Dietary burdens to your liver are hidden in many processed foods. Limit all foods that contain trans fats or hydrogenated oils. Moreover, try to avoid fructose foods as much as you can. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Detox Regularly

    You should detoxify your body regularly to support and enhance body’s natural processes. Ask your health care provider on the ways you can detoxify and help liver function at its best. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Choose Soft Drinks Wisely

    To minimise alcohol-induced damage, you should stay away from sugary, high-calorie alcoholic drinks. These drinks include tonic and mixer concentrates. Go for plain water or you can add some fresh lime or lemon juice to it. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Be Wary of Medications

    Medications, mixed with alcohol or taken in improper doses can harm your liver's health. There are some medications that can be potential dangers to your liver's health, and can also lead to acute liver health failure. You need to be careful with medications as far as your liver health is concerned. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Avoid Smoking

    Smoking makes alcohol-induced liver disease worse. It interferes with liver’s ability to effectively process and remove toxins from your body. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Exercise

    A regular exercise routine can provide you with numerous health benefits and protect you from health ailments. A study published in Hepatology suggests that staying active for at least 150 minutes a week improves liver enzymes and other indices of optimum liver health. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Seek Counselling

    You should seek medical advice for alcohol dependence. An alcohol counsellor will help you to stop drinking. Moreover, he/she can help you decide on the lifestyle changes and other precautions that are beneficial or dangerous to your liver. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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