4. Certain supplements
Since the body has no way of eliminating excess iron, taking too much iron supplements can be detrimental for the liver, increasing the risk of cirrhosis and liver cancer. Also, many herbal remedis like chinese ginseng, kava kava, kombucha tea and barberry can be especially toxic to the liver. Don’t forget to consult your doctor before taking a supplement and always keep consumption on the recommended level.
5. Vitamin A
Vitamin A is very important for the proper functioning of the body, especially for the maintaining of a healthy immune system, skin and vision. You should strive to get it from your regular diet by including eggs, oily fish and fresh fruits and vegetables on your daily menu. Liver is a very rich source of vitamin A as well, but you should eat it only once a week to avoid having too much vitamin A.
You should be very careful with the consumption of supplements which contain vitamin A for the same reason. Too much of it can increase the risk of liver and bone damage.
Most painkillers contain the drug acetaminophen, which is a powerful pain reliever and a fever reducer that can be especially toxic for the liver. The FDA has issued a statement urging doctors not to prescribe it in doses higher than 325 mg, but eve low doses are risky in the long-term.
The biggest problem is when people take multiple medicines containing acetamiphen without being aware of it, which can lead to overdose with very serious consequences like acute liver failure. Therefore, it’s really important that you don’t make up your own combinations of pain relievers without consulting your doctor first.
6. Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C is a virus that can infect the liver and if left untreated, it can cause long-term and potentially life-threatening damage to the liver, including cirrhosis and liver failure. In most of the cases, people get infected with hepatitis C by sharing unsterilised needles when injecting drugs, but the infection can also be spread by sharing razors and toothbrushes and occasionally even through unprotected sex.
If you think you might be at risk, you should get tested as soon as possible. With the latest medications, the infection is highly treatable in its early stages.
Remember, it’s not always enough to eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly for your liver to work well – try limiting the amount of alcohol and sugar you consume and be careful with your medications.