|HealthExtra: Love your liver|
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Did you know you can help prevent many diseases by taking care of your liver? Your liver processes everything you eat, drink, breathe and absorb. It helps digest alcohol and most drugs, breaks down toxins and converts food into energy—just to name a few functions. The American Liver Foundation says that to maintain a lively liver, you should:
- Be cautious with chemicals. Handle harsh cleansers, aerosol products and insecticides with care and use only as directed. Avoid tobacco. Be careful taking over-the-counter and prescription medications and ask your doctor or pharmacist about drug interactions and determining safe doses of vitamins, nutritional products and herbal remedies.
- Use diet discretion. Cut down on fried, fatty foods. Enjoy a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole-grain breads, rice and cereals. Maintain a healthy weight and exercise regularly.
- Go softly on spirits. Men should limit alcohol intake to no more than two drinks a day, and women shouldn’t have more than one drink. If you’ve been diagnosed with liver disease, avoid alcohol completely.