Your liver is an ultra-efficient powerhouse that metabolizes virtually every substance you come in contact with, including the foods you eat, the beverages you drink, the airborne particles you inhale, and the substances you absorb through your skin.
Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the best things you can do for your entire body, and that includes your liver. That’s because being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing NAFLD, a silent condition that can progress quickly into advanced liver disease (cirrhosis).
Being overweight isn’t the only risk factor for NAFLD — chronic health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension), and high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) are also major risk factors.
When you exercise at moderate intensity most days of the week, your body becomes more efficient at burning excess body fat particularly triglycerides for fuel. When you exercise at moderate intensity most days of the week, your body becomes more efficient at burning excess body fat, particularly triglycerides for fuel.
While drinking too much alcohol can harm your health in many ways, it’s particularly damaging to your liver, which processes every ounce you consume.
There’s a lot more that you can do to protect your liver and keep it healthy, including getting vaccinated against hepatitis A and hepatitis B, taking steps to reduce your risk of contracting hepatitis C, and avoiding toxins (including cigarette smoke).