28 July 2022: It’s time to take care of your liver; here’s why.

28 July 2022: It’s time to take care of your liver; here’s why.

Did you know that every 30 seconds, a person is dying from a hepatitis-related illness? With days like these, we can help save lives.

Hepatitis is more severe than we think. It’s a disease characterised by the inflammation of the liver, one of the essential organs in the body. It regulates most chemical levels in the blood and excretes a product called bile, which carries away waste products from the liver.

Five main hepatitis viruses exist and are referred to as types A, B, C, D and E. These five are the most significant because of the burden of illness and death they cause. Types B and C, in particular, affect hundreds of millions of people with chronic diseases and are the most common cause of liver cirrhosis and cancer.

World Hepatitis Day

World Hepatitis Day aims to create awareness and a difference, even if it reaches one person who sees a doctor. We say this because 9 out of 10 people worldwide live with viral hepatitis and are unaware of it. It impacts people in different ways, which is why this awareness day is so critical!

Join in to help educate the people around you to scale up in terms of care, diagnosis, and screening. This year’s theme is “Achieving the elimination of viral hepatitis within evolving health systems”.

Whether you have a minute or an hour, get involved

The 2030 goal is to eliminate hepatitis as a public health threat. There are plenty of ways and groups to join and volunteer to assist hepatitis patients. You may Google or search on Facebook for suitable clinics and community initiatives near you.

Another way to partake is to start taking care of your liver from today and share tips with others to do the same. Eating and drinking healthy is one key aspect of it. Certain herbs cleanse your liver, such as chicory, dandelion, and milk thistle. Good foods for the liver are lemons, beets, turmeric, garlic, avos, artichokes, apples, and leafy greens such as kale, broccoli, and cabbage.

It’s not ideal to eat the above mentioned in an unhealthy way. Instead, stick to, when and where possible, eating light, raw fruit and veggies. To literally flush the liver out, we recommend consuming lots of liquid, for example, water, teas and fresh juices.

Ways to avoid viral hepatitis

Some basic ways to reduce your chances of getting hepatitis include:

  • Get hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccines;
  • Have protected sex using a condom;
  • Do not share needles to take drugs;
  • Practise good personal hygiene – hand washing with soap and water for up to 20 seconds;
  • Take precautions when getting tattoos or piercings.
  • Take precautions when travelling to poor-sanitation areas; and
  • To drink bottled water when travelling.

It’s recommended to take preventive steps too, especially when working in a nursing home, hostel, day-care centre, or restaurant.

The symptoms of hepatitis

Contact your healthcare professional as soon as possible if you experience any or a combination of the following symptoms:

  • Dark urine
  • Stomach pain
  • Yellow skin or eye whites (jaundice)
  • Pale or clay-coloured stool
  • Low-grade fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling sick to your stomach
  • Aching joints

Share this blog to create awareness and help others. Let’s all make a difference!