Eat a balanced diet. Fill up on whole grains, nuts, vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats-and limit saturated fat, sugar, and sodium.
Exercise regularly. It helps you maintain a reasonable body mass index, which safeguards against NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease) and NASH (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis), says liver specialist Steven K. Herrine, M.D., professor of medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.
Drink in moderation. Excessive alcohol use is the second most common cause of cirrhosis, after hepatitis C, and a risk factor for alcoholic hepatitis (liver inflammation and cell destruction) and fatty liver, or steatosis. Not everyone who drinks to excess develops liver disease, but limiting drinks to one per day will reduce your risk of alcohol-related liver disease.
Beware of supplements. Many medications can affect the liver. But increasingly it’s supplements (such as green tea extract) that can lead to acute and sometimes chronic liver problems.
Keep an eye on acetaminophen (Tylenol and generic) use. Though this is generally a safe drug, Consumer Reports medical experts advise taking no more than 3,250 mg per day.
Source: Consumer Reports July 12, 2017 Janet Less L.Ac., is a freelance writer in Los Angeles and who contributes to C.R. in health, fitness and nutrition for the past 20 years and editor of several magazines.
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