How To Keep Your Liver Healthy
- Drink alcohol in moderation. Canada’s Low Risk Alcohol Drinking Guideline suggest 10 drinks a week for women with no more than 2 drinks a day and 15 drinks a week for men, with no more than 3 drinks a day.
- Avoid risky behavior. Don’t share needles if you inject illicit drugs. Use a condom during sex. If you choose to have tattoos or body piercings, be picky about cleanliness and safety when selecting a shop.
- Get vaccinated. Talk to your doctor about getting the hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccines – especially if you plan to travel.
- Use medications wisely. Take prescription and nonprescription drugs only when needed and only in recommended doses. Don’t mix medications and alcohol. Talk to your doctor before mixing herbal supplements or prescription or nonprescription drugs.
- Avoid contact with other people’s blood and body fluids. Hepatitis viruses can be spread by accidental needle sticks or improper cleanup of blood or body fluids.
- Avoid Chemicals and Insecticides. Make sure the room is ventilated, and wear a protective gear when spraying insecticides, paint and other toxic chemicals. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity can cause nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.