These Everyday Habits Could Destroy Your Liver

As the largest organ in the body, the liver stores nutrients and breaks down toxins. Unfortunately, diagnoses of liver cancer have tripled since the ’80s. “It’s an organ you could easily trash if you don’t take good care of it,” Dr. Rohit Satoskar told WebMD. “And once you trash it, it’s gone.”

The rate of liver disease is so high because people unknowingly damage it with daily habits. Taking common painkillers and even herbal supplements can cause long-term consequences. To avoid the habits that will hurt your liver, you’ll first want to learn about them.

Watch Out For Supplements With Green Tea Extract

A shopper looks among health supplements at a drugstore.
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Dietary supplements aren’t hard to get, but they can harm your liver over time. In 2017, the National Institute of Health conducted a study linking liver damage to dietary supplements. According to the research, weight loss and bodybuilding supplements pose the most risk.

But those weren’t all. Some supplements made for depression, sexual performance, and digestive issues were also flagged. Of all the ingredients, the two most dangerous were anabolic steroids and, oddly enough, green tea extract. Check with your doctor if you’re concerned about your current supplements.