What It Needs

Prevention (USA) - - HEALTH -

Your liver adores a health­ful diet. What it doesn’t ap­pre­ci­ate: too much in­dul­gence— reg­u­larly go­ing over the top with sweets, fat, or al­co­hol can over­whelm the or­gan’s stor­age sys­tem, dam­ag­ing cells and in­flat­ing your odds of dis­eases like can­cer, cir­rho­sis, heart dis­ease, and fatty liver dis­ease, to name a few. And pop­ping the painkiller ac­etaminophe­n causes the liver to pro­duce a toxic by-prod­uct, too much of which can lead to liver fail­ure (that risk is higher if you drink). Check la­bels (ac­etaminophe­n is in more than

600 medicines) and keep your in­take un­der 3,000 mg/day. Ibupro­fen and naproxen, taken as di­rected, are liv­er­friendlier al­ter­na­tives.

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