Alcohol isn’t the only product in the world that can cause harm to your liver. Here are some products that do more harm than good, some you may even be surprised to see on this list.
- Your liver uses fructose, a type of sugar, to create fat. When consuming too much refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup products, your body creates a fatty buildup that can cause serious issues, such as liver disease. Recent medical studies have shown that sugar can be just as dangerous to the liver as alcohol, no matter what your weight currently is. Limit your intake of food with added sugars, including sodas, desserts, and candy.
- You may be tempted to start incorporating herbal supplements into your daily routine, but just because the bottle says “all natural,” doesn’t mean you should trust it completely. Certain herbs, such as kava kava, can prevent the liver from functioning properly, causing hepatitis or liver failure. Consult with your doctor before taking any supplements he or she hasn’t already suggested for you.
- Excessive weight. We already know a fatty buildup can lead to issues with the liver. When you’re overweight or obese, the extra fat can build up in your liver cells, creating non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. This can cause your liver to swell, eventually hardening and creating scar tissue (cirrhosis). If you are overweight, obese, middle aged, or have diabetes, you are at a higher risk. Prevention can start as soon as today with a healthy diet and exercise plan.
- Excessive consumption of vitamin A. While your body needs vitamin A, consuming foods rich in vitamin A (such as fruits and vegetables) and taking a vitamin A supplement can be too much of a good thing. Chances are your body doesn’t need that extra amount. Consult with your doctor before taking any extra supplements.
- Remember what we said about excessive sugar consumption? Those of us who drink way more sodas than we should each day are more prone to developing fatty liver disease. While medical studies haven’t shown that sodas directly cause this so far, it’s still a good reason to cut back on the amount we consume each day.