How do I love my liver?

How do I love my liver?

Protect your liver against three main threats:


  • Give your liver at least two alcohol-free days a week.
  • Stick to the standard four drinks per week for women and seven for men.
  • Don’t drink your week’s worth in one go. Avoid bingeing.
  • If you have cirrhosis, avoid alcohol altogether.

Fatty liver

Many of us are overweight and don’t do enough exercise. A build-up of fatty deposits in your liver can cause inflammation and scarring.

  • Keep to a healthy weight with regular exercise – at least half an hour a day.
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Aim for the recommended 5 serves of vegetables and 2 serves of fruits.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Avoid crash diets. If you need to lose weight, speak to your GP.

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Viral hepatitis

  • Get vaccinated against hepatitis A and B
  • Don’t share injecting equipment (including for steroids)
  • Avoid tattooing, piercing and body art with unsterile equipment
  • Practise safe sex. Although hepatitis C is not a sexually transmitted disease it can be spread during sexual activity if blood is present together with lesions or cuts.
  • Avoid medical or cosmetic procedures where equipment may not be fully sterilised
  • Speak to your doctor about testing for hepatitis B or C if you think you might have been at risk.

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