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Are We Hurting Ourselves without Knowing It?

Most of us do not think or worry about our liver. Sure, we know it’s an internal organ that helps with something in our body. The adage, “out of sight, out of mind” rings true for our 2nd largest organ. The liver is a manufacturer, storage facility, distributor of nutrients, and filtering system for the body. It stores and releases glycogen, protein, vitamins and minerals. How is that important? Think about the last time you were so hungry that you wanted to pass out. But you didn’t. You didn’t because when blood sugars plummet, your liver comes to the rescue and pumps out glycogen as a fast-acting source of energy. When you get a nosebleed, the liver releases vitamin K which quickly stops the bleed. If the liver is so invaluable, why are we risking injury to it every day? Here’s how we unknowingly do it.

Safe sex is safer than you think

If you are sexually active and not in a monogamous relationship, how often do you rely on condoms for protection? The answer should be all the time. Condoms prevent pregnancy, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). We are more familiar with the scary nature of HIV and its progression to full-blown AIDS, shortening the lives of many people. Condoms also prevent other STDs that aren’t as infamous but can still affect our lives permanently. Hepatitis B and C are viruses that attack the liver once transmitted by blood and bodily fluids. Having unprotected sex, sharing needles, sharing toothbrushes and razors, and getting tattoos with poorly sanitized equipment are common routes of transmission. Once infected, the viruses slowly destroy liver cells. There is no cure. However, medications can lower the viral load and slow down the progression to liver failure.

Extreme dieting can make you more than skinny

How often do you decide to embark on a new diet to shed a few pounds? There’s nothing wrong with going on a diet, eating less and exercising. However, starvation is one diet that no one can endorse. Sure, you might be temporarily lighter and slightly slimmer. But is it worth getting NALD? Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NALD) is caused by too much fat in the liver cells preventing them from functioning normally. The state of starvation triggers the liver to keep fatty acids inside the cells. And you can’t overeat to prevent liver disease. That’s not how the liver works; it relies on you eating a balanced diet. Untreated NALD or any form of liver disease can progress to cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) and ultimately, liver failure.

Medications and alcohol can be toxic to the liver

Most of us take medications every day; even more of us drink alcohol on a nightly basis. Did you know that medications, alcohol, and illicit drugs are the 2nd leading cause of hepatitis (inflammation of the liver)? As a pharmacist, I always warn physicians and patients about the possibility of hepatitis associated with their much-needed medications. Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing of any ongoing liver inflammation until you become mysteriously ill.

Protect Your Liver Everyday

Are you worried about your liver now? Blucetin® may be the supplement for you. Designed to protect the liver, Blucetin is formulated with Holvenia Dulcis, milk thistle and vitamin C. First, Holvenia contains flavonoids which exhibit anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative effects on liver cells. In short, the flavonoids stop the destruction of liver cells by blocking inflammation and oxidation. Second, milk thistle contains silymarin which actually promotes the regeneration of liver cells. And lastly, vitamin C acts as an anti-oxidant neutralizing free radicals which inflict damage to our cells. With the triple action of Blucetin®, you may help reduce chances of toxins causing liver inflammation. Take one Blucetin® tablet a day to promote liver health and it’ll be one less thing to worry about.

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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