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Overindulged this Christmas? Join the Love Your Liver campaign

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With Christmas passing us by and the New Year fast approaching many of us are looking for innovative ways to improve our heath. Joining in with The British Liver Trust’s ‘Love Your Liver’ campaign is one way in which you can improve your lifestyle in 2014. As part of Love Your Liver Month, running throughout the entirety of January, the campaign is encouraging people to take steps to improve the condition of their liver.

The Love Your Liver campaign outlines three ways in which people can do so:

  1. Have 2-3 days of every week alcohol free
  2. Cut down on sugary and fatty foods (replace them with fresh fruit and vegetables)
  3. Get more exercise
With the liver playing over 500 different roles, including the removal of harmful products, producing quick energy and fighting infections, it is vital to ensure that it is working correctly. Unlike many of the body’s other organs, the liver is able to repair itself very quickly (it can take as little as 24 hours to go back to normal functioning) so it can take minimal effort to get yourself back into shape.

There is a higher chance of someone developing liver disease if they are overweight and don’t exercise. Taking part in the Love Your Liver challenge can help you stay slim and make sure you don’t end up turning yellow!

Throughout January, Love Your Liver Roadshows will be running in a variety of places throughout the UK, offering expert advice and giving the chance of a liver scan. Shockingly, in the Roadshows last year it was found that 22% of the people that were scanned had early liver damage. This says more than ever ‘It’s better to be safe than sorry!’ so get yourself down to your nearest Roadshow. For details on the dates and locations of these Roadshows visit the website by clicking here

If you want to do more research into the type of diet which would be healthiest for you, it might be best to start by looking at some diets which it would definitely not be wise to follow. The British Dietetic Association has recently revealed the Top 5 Worst Celebrity diets to follow in the New Year, which can be found online here.

There a plenty of ways to get involved with the campaign, whether it be fundraising, volunteering or sharing your story. Getting involved can help reduce the chance of liver disease in the future. If you are concerned about any of the issues discussed in this article or want to find out more information visit http://www.loveyourliver.org.uk/ or http://www.britishlivertrust.org.uk/

 

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