Look after liver 'all year'

2 January 2013

It is not enough to abstain from alcohol throughout January to counteract the disproportionate amount consumed throughout the festive holiday, according to the British Liver Trust.

The charity explained that what is needed is consistent, year-round care of the body, to ensure that the liver is at its most optimum level.

Andrew Langford, chief executive of the British Liver Trust, said that it is not about "a quick fix in January" – people need to follow a three-step plan and maintain it throughout the year.

This includes abstaining from alcohol for two to three days a week, taking regular exercise and cutting down on sugar and fat.

"Last year the Love Your Liver Roadshow found that one in four people tested were showing the early signs of liver disease," Mr Langford added.

"Caught at this early stage, lifestyle changes allow the liver to repair itself. Having an alcoholic drink every night, overindulging in rich food too frequently and not making time for regular exercise are major contributing factors for liver disease."

Posted by Edward Bartel

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