Looking after your liver this holiday season
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The countdown is on to the holiday season! Many of us spend this time of year gathering with friends and family to eat, drink and be merry.
It is also when the temptation to indulge in rich foods and alcohol can be overwhelming, and our liver must work overtime to keep our bodies functioning.
Your liver is already one of the body’s hardest-working organs. It has over 500 jobs, including filtering everything you put into your body like food, alcohol, medicine and toxins.
While the liver is a very resilient organ capable of regenerating itself, overindulging can impact the liver’s ability to flush out toxins and cause inflammation.
Over time, inflammation can lead to permanent damage such as scarring (cirrhosis), liver disease and liver cancer.
So how can you look after your liver during the holidays? We’ve rounded up some tips to help keep your liver healthy during this festive season.
Balance out your meals
- Include plenty of vegetables
- Choose whole grain bread or cereals high in fibre
- Regularly eat fish, nuts, seeds and oils
- Limit processed foods, sugary foods and drinks
Limit alcohol intake
- Aim for at least 3 to 4 alcohol-free days each week
- Alternate with water
- Get fancy with alternatives – try sparkling water with lime
- Enjoy a healthy snack before an event – you’re less likely to overdo it if you’re not hungry
- Eat slowly – this will help you feel full quicker
- Prioritise sleep – you often turn to food or drinks for an energy boost when you’re feeling tired
Find time for exercise
- Schedule workouts into your day, just like you would an appointment.
- Find free video workouts online you can follow at home
- Get active while watching TV – squats, lunges and crunches are great for your body
Further information and support
If you are concerned about your liver health your doctor is the best place to start. You can also contact Hepatitis Queensland on 1800 437 222 or chat to us online.