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Three Ways to Love Your Liver

The liver is the second largest organ of the body after your skin. Hard at work clearing toxins from your blood, the liver performs over 5,000 functions — that's one busy organ. Unfortunately, one in ten Americans has liver disease and many of those folks are unaware they have a problem. Here are three easy ways to show your liver some love.

One toxin that the liver breaks down is alcohol. Drinking excessively cannot only interfere with the liver's ability to process carbs, fat, and protein, it can scar the organ leading to cirrhosis. Limit your alcohol intake and consume no more than one drink a day, which means one glass of wine, a bottle of beer, or one shot of the hard stuff. Think of your liver as another reason to stop after one drink.

Maintaining a healthy weight is another way to take care of your liver. Obesity can lead to a fatty liver where fatty deposits on the liver cause inflammation and scarring. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is currently the most common liver disease in the US and it is totally preventable.

To see how to protect your liver when you're in the sack,

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Hepatitis B and C are both transmitted through sexual contact and both of these diseases attack the liver. This means practice safe sex and consider getting vaccinated for Hep B. There is no vaccine for Hep C.

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