Liver Health 101

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Digestive Disease Treatment in Savannah, GA

At the Center for Digestive and Liver Health, our mission is to help our patients treat digestive diseases and achieve long-term health for a happier, more comfortable lifestyle. Our doctors are expert specialists in the realm of digestive diseases and liver conditions, providing comprehensive care for digestive diseases and offering convenient treatments that fit into the lifestyle of our patients. But as with most aspects of health, prevention is always more effective than cure - and maintaining a healthy liver begins with education.

All About the Liver

The liver is one of the largest organs in the body, and it's also one of the most important. About the size of a football, your liver is located on the right side of your body underneath your rib cage, and it plays a critical role in digestion and in filtering toxins out of the blood. Everything you consume: foods, drinks, medicines, and anything else taken orally, passes through the liver, and the liver helps to digest foods and remove chemicals from the bloodstream and prepare them for excretion.

How to Keep a Healthy Liver

Cleaning and purifying the body is hard work, so it's important to take care of the liver in order to make sure it stays healthy through the years. Primarily, taking good care of your liver is all about avoiding things that can hurt it. Most importantly, this means avoiding alcohol, maintaining a healthy diet and exercise, and moderating your intake of certain medications. Alcohol consumption, over time, can lead to swelling and scarring of the liver that turns into cirrhosis, a condition that can eventually cause the liver to shut down and prove deadly. Becoming overweight or obese can lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which can lead to cirrhosis, and certain medications like Tylenol can lead to liver damage if consumed in excess.

Schedule a Consultation

Maintaining a healthy liver is all about taking a proactive approach to a healthy, balanced lifestyle, and making sure you consume alcohol and certain medications only in moderation. And if you think you may be experiencing any liver or other digestive problems, we're here to help. Contact us today to learn more about the treatments we offer or to schedule a consultation at our Savannah, Pooler, or Hardeeville, SC office. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you maintain a healthy digestive system and lifestyle!