KNOWING YOUR ORGANS: THE LIVER

Getting to Know Mr Liver, the Liver

WHAT IS THE LIVER?

  • Our second largest organ
  • Associated with over 500 distinct functions
  • The only organ that can regenerate to its previous size and function fully during regeneration1
Body

THE LIVER’S MAIN ROLES:

As an essential part of the digestive system, the liver:
  • Filters and removes harmful toxins from the body (like alcohol, drugs and even hormones)
  • Produces bile that breaks down fat and protein
  • Stores and releases carbohydrates to the body
  • Contains cells that help to defend the body’s immunity

YOUR LIVER CAN FALL SICK, TOO!

COMMON COMPLICATIONS CAN OCCUR, WHEN THE LIVER IS NOT TAKEN CARE OF PROPERLY.

THESE ARE SOME OF THEM:

WHAT IS FATTY LIVER?
WHAT IS CIRRHOSIS?
WHAT IS HEPATITIS?
Tips

MR. FILTER’S TIPS

FOR GOOD LIVER HEALTH:

Eliminate or reduce alcohol intake
  • Eliminate or reduce alcohol intake.
    High alcohol intake can damage liver tissue, which could result in scarring (cirrhosis) or fatty liver disease.
Live a healthy, active lifestyle to reduce or eliminate obesity.
  • Live a healthy, active lifestyle to reduce or eliminate obesity.
    Weight loss is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of fatty liver, liver inflammation and liver scarring
Get vaccinated against Hepatitis infections
  • Get vaccinated against Hepatitis infections.
    There are vaccines available for the Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B virus.
Don’t share personal grooming items like razors and toothbrushes
  • Don’t share personal grooming items like razors and toothbrushes.
    Exposure to blood infected with Hepatitis C increases risk of contracting it. 
•	Similarly, ensure that needles used for tattooing, body piercings or acupuncture are sterile.
  • Similarly, ensure that needles used for tattooing, body piercings or acupuncture are sterile.