Your liver is one of the hardest working organs in your body. Think of it as your own personal filtering system as it cleans your blood and helps you digest food.
Everything you eat or drink passes through your liver. It’s the liver’s job to help breakdown the nutrients in food and spread the nutrients throughout the body via the bloodstream and eliminate the toxic waste that’s left.
Taking care of your liver is a critical part of maintaining overall good health. Exercising and eating right are important. Some liver-friendly foods are also quite tasty:
- v Garlic
- v Grapefruit
- v Avocado
- v Beets
- v Apples… to name a few.
Unfortunately, we are seeing an increase in the number of people with liver disease and according to the American Liver Foundation about 1 in 10 people have some form of liver disease.
Some liver disease may be inherited. And some problems arise when certain viruses or harmful chemicals infect your body. Too much alcohol can lead to Cirrhosis, and some medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) can create issues if you take too much. Mistreating your liver can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, chronic fatigue, headaches and digestive problems.
Dr. Bhatti is one of the few Gastroenterologists in Minnesota who specializes in treating liver disease. Some of the liver conditions that we commonly treat include:
Your liver is an amazing organ that helps your immune system fight infections, removes bacteria from the blood and makes bile, which is essential for digestion.
Please be good to your liver so your liver is good to you. And call us if you have any questions or concerns about your liver. 952-368-3800