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Ditch the detox

But before you rush to start the latest detox regime, be aware that doctors don’t endorse “quick fix” remedies. “These detoxes are of no benefit and are potentially harmful,” says Prof Spearman. Dr Pappas also views detoxes as ineffective and suggests that, “The best way to detox is to adopt a healthy, moderate way of life. If you look after your liver, it’ll most likely look after you.”

Description: the detox diet

Small adjustments to your daily routine can make all the difference in keeping your liver healthy. Here are 10 ways to love your liver:

1.    Sip mart: More than two units of alcohol a day can dramatically increase the risk of liver disease in women. Cut back on excessive drinking and give your body days off where you don’t consume any. Cleanse your body naturally by drinking eight glasses of water a day.

2.    Hit the gym: As obesity and liver disease are directly correlated, make sure to maintain a healthy weight. The Good Life Dietitians advise, “If you’re overweight, aim to lose no more than 0.5kg to 1kg per week” to prevent gallstones and an imbalance to metabolism. Regular exercise also helps boost your immune system, as well as the production of liver enzymes.

Description: If you’re overweight, aim to lose no more than 0.5kg to 1kg per week”

If you’re overweight, aim to lose no more than 0.5kg to 1kg per week”

3.    It’s all about balance: Experts endorse a balanced diet that consists of all food groups and is low in salt and sugars.

      Make sure that you limit your intake of saturated fats, such as full-cream dairy and     processed foods, as well as refined carbohydrates, like pastries and cakes.

4.    Choose foods wisely: detoxify by eating foods high in antioxidants. Choose more fresh fruits and vegetables such as berries, broccoli can cabbage. Lower your fat intake and opt for healthy fats, like avocado and nuts.

Description: Choose foods wisely

Choose foods wisely

5.    Get protected: “Consider getting hepatitis A and B vaccinations as contracting hepatitis can lead to liver damage and disease,” says Prof Spearman.

      As hepatitis can be transmitted sexually, unprotected sex poses a huge risk to your     health. Practise safe sex to protect both you and your partner.

Description:  “Consider getting hepatitis A and B vaccinations as contracting hepatitis can lead to liver damage and disease”

“Consider getting hepatitis A and B vaccinations as contracting hepatitis can lead to liver damage and disease”

6.    Up your zinc: A deficiency here is linked to chronic liver disease and cirrhosis. Eat more zinc-rich foods, like seeds, or consider taking a supplement.

7.    Get needled: “Acupuncture can help balance the liver, enabling it to function harmoniously,” says Johannesburg-based acupuncturist Dr Paul West.

“If liver chi is constrained over a long period of time, our emotional life will be   characterized by depression, irritability and emotional tension in general.”

8.    Fill up your cuppa: Harvard Medical School (US) recently reported that drinking coffee can prevent liver disease.

   By drinking just a cup a day, you may lower the risk of liver scarring an inflammation. But don’t overdo it.

9.    Don’t blitz too many vits: “It’s a common misbelieve that supplements are always healthy and protective. In fact, the overuse of vitamins may strain your liver and lead to liver dysfunction,” warns Dos Santos. Avoid unnecessary medication and consult a doctor about any supplements you want to take.

Description: Avoid unnecessary medication and consult a doctor about any supplements you want to take.

Avoid unnecessary medication and consult a doctor about any supplements you want to take.

10.  Sort out your snoring: Research shows that lack of oxygen caused by sleep apnoea can cause mild liver damage.

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