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4 Ways to Give Life to Your Liver
October is National Liver Awareness Month. Taking care of your liver is probably the last thing young brothers are thinking about, especially in the fall season. With all kinds of college parties, football get-togethers, and other social events you might as well rename October National Destroy-Your-Liver Month.
But we know there are at least a few of you health conscious guys who care about your insides as well as what you see in the mirror. Here are some of the best ways you can make sure your liver’s not tapping out in a hospital somewhere in the future.
The first thing you can do – which should be the most obvious – is to drink alcohol responsibly.
This goes without saying, but in light of recent deaths related to the popular alcoholic drink 4 Loko, it’s become more important to understand moderation is key. Listen, there’s only so much alcohol your liver can take. In the same token, NEVER mix drugs with alcohol and other medications. Contrary to popular belief (and also Future and 2Chainz’s beliefs) alcohol and a “zip”, “double cup”, or “molly” will never be a good combination. Always resort to the guidance of your doctor when it comes to mixing medication, or even taking medication, as taking unnecessary drugs can lead to serious liver complications.
Beware of all kinds of spray can materials. Aerosol cans, bug sprays, paint sprays, and other chemical sprays make the liver’s detoxification process strenuous.
Third, body ink is cool but can also be hazardous to your liver. Be very proactive when monitoring needles and other equipment, like ink pots, that are used during a tattoo session. Never share needles, and always try to make sure that only single needles are used. Unmonitored use of infected equipment can lead to contraction of Hepatitis C, a deadly virus that greatly affects the liver.
One of the most dangerous things about Hepatitis C is that many people never actually have any symptoms. The virus goes virtually undetected and by the time it’s been realized, it can be too late and the damage could have already started. Make sure you’re vaccinated for Hepatitis A & B, along with your loved ones. Educate those around you, especially younger children, about the dangers of syringes and how easily they can transmit these diseases. Also, discourage the sharing of personal items in your home.
Lastly, exercise more! That Bow-flex in your garage isn’t gonna hurt anybody. Pay attention to these simple points of advice and you’ll be well on your way to protecting your precious liver for many years to come.
This article submitted by staff writer Ifreke Okpokowuruk, an aspiring musician from Charlotte, North Carolina. He’s a former Duke University student currently looking to further his education. You can tweet him at @qcityproduction.