Death and diseases related to smoking are always a public health challenge around the world. Majority of us associate smoking with lung diseases, but many do not know that smoking causes a variety of unwanted effects that have no direct contact with the smoke itself, for example the liver. Our liver is an important organ that has many tasks, and one of them is to process toxins and remove them from our body.
Cigarette smoke produces various chemical substances with cell damaging properties that will induce oxidative stress on the liver and in turn increase inflammation and scarring of the liver cells.
Although smoking by itself may not cause liver cancer, it increases the risk of it, especially for those already living with an unhealthy liver eg: people with hepatitis.
Cigarette smoking is a risk factor for the onset of fatty liver disease in nondrinkers. According to studies, the more you smoke the risk of getting fatty liver disease increases.
These are some few tips to help you quit smoking and lead a healthy life and liver:
- Set a quit date for smoking.
- Eat food rich in anti-oxidants as chemicals in cigarette smoke will cause a lot of oxidative stress to our body.
- Take Milk Thistle and other supporting herbal supplements to remove the toxins from our body.