The first thing you should know about your liver is where its located. Your liver is just under your rib cage on the right side of your abdomen and it weighs about 3 to 4 pounds. Your liver helps you to absorb nutrients from food as well as digest it. It also helps you to get rid of any harmful toxins that are in your body. Your metabolism is also controlled by your liver and when you need energy your liver reserves sugar to use.
Your liver is like a starfish, it can regenerate itself within a few weeks. It can still regenerate even after you’ve lost most of it to disease or most of has been removed in surgery. This doesn’t mean that your liver is invincible by any means. There are many problems that can arise in your liver. Cirrhosis and liver disease are just two of the many things that can go wrong in your liver. Liver disease can be caused by alcoholism. Excessive alcohol abuse can make the liver swell with a layer of fat around it. It the fat becomes irritated it can cause alcoholic hepatitis , this damage can be reversible, unlike the damage of cirrhosis. Alcohol lowers the antioxidant levels in the liver. Alcohol has a lot of calories in it, alcoholics tend to take in more calories as alcohol rather than food that has nutrients, this causes malnutrition. So when in treatment for hepatitis or liver disease the amount of nutrient rich calories they take in can be life or death. They need at least 3000 good calories during treatment.
Fatty liver disease can be caused by obesity, diabetes, as well as alcoholism. One third of patients with fatty liver disease have high cholesterol levels or type 2 diabetes. These are majors for a heart attack. Biliary cirrhosis is from an injury to the biliary system. the livers job is to emit bile, the body uses it in the intestines for breakdown of fats from foods. Cardiac cirrhosis is when severe congestive heart failure results in a chronic liver injury that becomes inflamed and creates scar tissue. This causes the heart to have a blood back up in the major veins because it cannot handle the pressure.
Cirrhosis takes a long time to develop. Usually the only way it can be deteched is through routine blood tests, if it is caught early enough it can be treated with no guarantees of recovery. If the liver is beyond repair the only treatment that can be served is a transplant. This can only happen if the patient has been clean from alcohol in the past 6 months.
Some of the signs that there are problems with your liver are yellowish skin and eyes, abdominal pain and swelling, itching skin, dark urine, pale bowel color, chronic fatigue, nausea, and loss of appetite. If you have a few of these symptoms seeing a specialist is recommended.
To prevent and help protect your liver from problems you can drink alcohol in low amounts. More than two drinks a day for men and one for women can be enough to cause liver cirrhosis.
Using illegal drugs and even mixing them with alcohol can cause liver disease. Taking prescription drugs and non prescription drugs when they are not needed or more than the normal dosing will cause liver problems as well. There are some herbs that can be toxic too, if they are taking to frequently. Alternative Health Supplements offers some liver health products that will help to cleanse and detox your liver, doing this regularly will help keep your liver clean and healthy. Vitamin A,D, and E in very high doses can cause you issues too. One really big thing is get vaccinated for hepatitis. There are vaccinations for both hepatitis A and B. Don’t eat a lot of fatty foods, and eat lean mean. Watching your weight is a big thing. And lastly avoid contact with other people’s blood and body fluids. Hepatitis get spread this way. Using a needle someone else used, incorrectly cleaning up others’ body fluids, sharing razor blades and toothbrushes, and having unsafe sex are things that not everyone thinks will spread hepatitis.