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How to Live Healthy with Alcohol

The liver is primarily responsible for breaking down food, toxins, and chemicals in our bodies. It produces bile to breakdown fatty foods, insulin to transport sugar to muscles, detoxifies chemicals like alcohol and metabolizes drugs. In fact, majority of prescription medications rely on the liver for drug metabolism and detoxification. What can you do to maintain and support liver function? First, you should know which risk factors can potentially damage your liver. The most common risk factors for liver injury include:

  • Chronic use of acetaminophen (Tylenol®) of 3,000 mg per day
  • Cholestasis (reduced bile flow or obstruction of bile flow caused by gallstones)
  • Viral hepatitis B or C
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol
    • Men who drink more than 14 drinks/week or a maximum of 4 drinks in a single day
    • Women who drink more than 7 drinks/week or a maximum of 3 drinks in a single day

*Excerpt from PSC and Your Liver: How to Keep Your Liver Healthy: Myths and Reality. Kapil Chopra, MD. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, April 21, 2013.

Second, see your physician about the condition of your liver especially if you have one or more of the above risk factors. They can order liver function tests and an abdominal ultrasound. In most cases, liver injuries start with elevated liver enzymes, progress to a fatty liver (seen on ultrasound), and end with cirrhosis (scarring of liver tissue). Cirrhosis results in the complete loss of liver function. End-stage liver failure is accompanied by prolonged bleeding times, jaundice, hepatic encephalopathy, ascites, and hypertension.

Third, take supplements that support liver health. Supplements should contain silymarin, N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine (NAC), dandelion root and artichoke extracts. Sundita’s Liver Cleanse has everything you need in a liver supplement. Take one capsule of Liver Cleanse every morning and night to maintain liver health. Liver Cleanse contains silymarin which promotes the regeneration of liver cells and increases solubility of bile. The increased solubility of bile helps prevent and treat gallstones. Liver Cleanse also contains a low dose of NAC, a precursor of the anti-oxidant glutathione. Glutathione is known to detoxify medications and chemicals. In fact, hospitals will administer high doses of NAC in the treatment of acetaminophen toxicity to save the liver from further damage.

What’s the purpose of dandelion root and artichoke extract in Liver Cleanse? According to Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants (1996), dandelion root is effective as a detoxifying herb, working on the liver and gallbladder to remove waste. It may help gallbladder problems and help dissolve gallstones. Artichoke extract helps break down fat and improve bile flow. Dandelion root, artichoke extract and silymarin are geared towards reducing the formation of gallstones, which can block the outflow of bile. Individuals with gallstones typically present with severe abdominal pain, jaundice, nausea, vomiting, and inflammation of the gallbladder and liver.

How long should I take Liver Cleanse? Short-term use of 6 months is recommended. Prolonged use of Liver Cleanse is suggested if you continue to consume alcohol, use acetaminophen on a daily basis, and have history of gallstone formation.

No matter what you eat or how often you exercise, you are still at risk for liver injury. The risk depends on how many risk factors you have. Risk factors are based on your lifestyle. If lifestyles cannot be changed, take Liver Cleanse to help maintain your liver function. Liver Cleanse will help keep your liver cells healthy and functioning normally.



About the Author

Dr. Karine Wong has over 12 years of clinical experience as a clinical hospital pharmacist, manager and lecturer. She has taught numerous pharmacotherapy lectures to nurses, medical interns and pharmacy students in Southern California. In 2013, she published Call Me Doctor, her first fiction novel. Currently, she contributes articles on www.rxeconsult.com, a website for healthcare professionals.



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