Planning to celebrate St Patrick’s day and hopefully a big rugby win this weekend? If you are going to party, our top tip is to drink a glass of water between each alcoholic drink. If you are reading this afterwards or have ignored our words of wisdom, tune in to hear Heather’s hangover recovery advice on TV3 this Sunday at 10.15 am. Read on for our tips and new recovery smoothie recipe.
Our body’s second largest organ, the liver has more than 500 jobs to do, including helping the body get rid of unwanted toxins like alcohol and it’s by-products. What can we all do this festive season to show our livers a little more love?
Many of us believe that liver disease is alcohol related, but in reality, this is far from the truth. You might also think this doesn’t affect you. However, the incidence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is estimated to be at least 25% of the Irish population and on the rise. There are no tell-tale signs or symptoms. However, if you have some of the below risk factors, it is likely that your liver health is not optimal:
– Obesity/ overweight, particularly if carrying excess
– High fat and sugar in diet
– Consumption of one or more sugary fizzy drinks per day
– Diabetes or pre-diabetes