Love Your Liver awareness month

We want the nation to show their liver some love in January and take their first steps towards better liver health.

Why you should love your liver

The liver is a fascinating organ and its importance is often underrated. It’s an amazing multi-tasker and has over 500 vital jobs to do to keep you alive. It’s just as important as other organs like your heart and lungs, but they tend to steal most of the limelight.

In the UK, liver disease is on the rise. The three major preventable causes are drinking alcohol, obesity and viral hepatitis.

When it’s damaged, the liver can repair itself, but only up to a point. Sadly, people with liver disease often don’t have any symptoms until the disease has progressed and it’s far too late for treatment. That’s why it’s so important to know the risk factors and to keep your liver happy and healthy for life – before long-lasting damage can occur. Take your first steps towards better liver health today.

This January, let’s show our livers some love by doing something healthy.

Take a pledge to love your liver and make a change that will benefit your liver health.

 

Love your liver

Get a snapshot of your liver health

Pledge to complete a fitness challenge
With the help of regular exercise, you can maintain a healthy weight and support your liver health. Increase activity in January by taking on a challenge of your choice.

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Pledge to give up alcohol for a month
A long break from alcohol can give can give our livers a rest and provide help us develop a much healthier drinking habit long-term.

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Pledge to stick to 5-a-day every day
Around a third of what we eat each day should be fruit and vegetables. Eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day provides us with essential vitamins and minerals that keep our livers healthy and reduces our risk of liver disease.

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Pledge to cut down on sugar
The World Health Organisation suggests we try to keep our sugar intake to less than 6 teaspoons a day. Eating too much sugar can cause obesity which is a contributing factor of liver disease.

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Pledge to ditch processed food and takeaways
Processed foods and takeaways can result in us eating more than the recommended daily amounts of sugar, salt and fat as we may not be aware of how much has been added, which can lead to an increase in fat in the liver.

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This January, let’s show our livers some love by doing something healthy.

Take a pledge to love your liver and make a change that will benefit your liver health.

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