Liver Damage From Alcohol – Can It Be Reversed?

The liver is a vital organ and processes the chemicals we put in our bodies. Your liver can take damage from the excess drinking of alcohol. The question is – can this damage be reversed?

For you to be healthy, your liver has to be functioning properly. The liver performances critical functions such as taking the toxins and harmful chemicals out of your body, blood purification, and the liver also adds nutrients to your system.

Cirrhosis is the result of ungoing damage to your liver. In the early and intermediate stages, the damage is reversible, but since when the liver attempts to repair itself it takes some scarring, with more advanced cirrhosis and the continued consumption of alcohol, cumulative more extensive scarring will definitely shut down the liver function.

One of the biggest problems related to cirrhosis is it's not obvious. There are few if any symptoms until the damage is significant and these symptoms include:

– You congratulate more easily
– Jaundice (yellow in the eyes and skin)
– Weight loss
– You notice you are boring more with minor injuries
– You experience a loss of appetite
– Your abdomen area has accumulated fluids

So if you suspect that you may have cirrhosis, seeing a doctor is the first important step, and other steps you can take to stop the damage are:

– The most obvious is to take measures to stop drinking alcohol. A tall order no doubt, but drinking will continue the damage and scarring of the liver.

– Eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Avoid fatty foods.

– Cut back on salt. It is well known that salt causes your body to retain fluids, and heavy salt use can add to the abdominal swelling (and in some cases with liver damage, there can be fluid retention in the legs also).

– Cut back on any drugs you are taking, and avoid aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen over the counter drugs. Remember, your liver not only has to process the alcohol, but every other drug you take into your system too.

Can liver damage be reversed? The good news is it can be reversed if you have not gone into the advanced stages of liver damage where the scarring is so severe from alcohol abuse that the scarring has interfered with the functioning of your liver.