The liver is a complex organ that performs a range of essential functions.
A healthy liver removes waste from the blood, metabolizes fat, and synthesizes hormones. A damaged, diseased, or malfunctioning liver can lead to dangerous, even life threatening consequences.
Hepatitis refers to self-limiting or chronic inflammation of the liver.
Hepatitis most commonly occurs as a result of a viral infection. However, alcohol use, exposure to toxins, certain medications, and fat deposits in the liver can also cause hepatitis.
According to the NIDDK, some people may develop symptoms of hepatitis C in 1-3 months and of hepatitis B in 2-5 months. People who have chronic hepatitis may show no symptoms for several years.
If you are experiencing any of the above, you will likely want to make some diet and lifestyle changes ASAP! For example, limiting your intake of fatty foods and alcohol will go a long way. We have also provided a handy guide to supplements that can help support liver health below. As always, however, speak with your doctor before taking new supplements or if you suspect that you may have serious health issues.
There are a wide range of supplements one can take to better support healthy function of their liver.Milk Thistle
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