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Every organ in our body works as one to give us everything we need to function in our day-to-day lives. Damage one organ and it will affect our whole body.

We are very delicate with our heart, lungs and kidneys, but the liver, though overworked, is not the flashiest organ we have. Dubbed as the “Silent Hero,” it plays a key role in the chemical processes of the body.

There is a misconception that alcohol drinkers are the most commonly affected by liver disease – one that is called Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.

The liver stores important vitamins, energy and minerals, and releases them to the blood. It helps the body to resist infections by producing immune factors and removing bacteria from the blood. It converts the food you eat into energy, and produces chemicals your brain and spinal cord need. The liver also detoxifies by metabolizing and expelling drugs, alcohol and environmental toxins from your system. It helps digest your food and absorb important nutrients through the bile it produces.

There is a misconception that alcohol drinkers are the most commonly affected by liver disease – one that is called Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (AFLD).

Dr. Allan Jay Domingo.

“The thing about certain liver diseases is that some of them have no manifestations or symptoms, particularly in the early stages,” said Sanofi Consumer Health Care country medical lead Dr. Allan Jay Domingo.

Symptoms can include bloating of the abdomen, fatigue, pain in the upper right abdomen, enlarged breasts in men, red palms and yellowing of the skin and eyes, a condition called jaundice. Domingo said attention should be paid to fatigue, which is really one of the most obvious symptoms.

Essentiale Brand Lead Geline Clemente.

There are many factors that can affect your liver health such as prolonged medication, viruses, parasites and obesity.

There is also a liver disease called Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) in which a person has fatty liver even with little or no alcohol consumption. What is alarming with NAFLD is that its symptoms usually have no physical manifestation.

Taking care of your liver and checking if it is fully functioning is your responsibility. Remember that the liver gives your body the energy for its day-to-day needs. It regulates and processes anything you eat and drink.

SANOFI’S Zone Category lead Grace Mendoza.

Aside from eating and drinking well, you can also take blood tests used to help diagnose and monitor liver disease or damage. The tests measure the levels of certain enzymes and proteins in your blood.

There are many factors that can affect your liver health such as prolonged medication, viruses, parasites and obesity.

Foods like berries, oatmeal, dark chocolate, kale and garlic and drinks like coffee and green tea are good for your liver.

“Foods rich in antioxidants are liver-friendly. They include fruits and vegetables,” said Domingo.

Antioxidants help defend cells from damage caused by potentially harmful molecules known as free radicals.

Taking medicine also helps improve liver function. (Phospholipids) Essentiale® Forte P contains purified EPL® (Essential Phospholipids) which is extracted from natural food with precise technology from Germany. It can be easily absorbed by liver cells. An over-the-counter medicine, it is clinically proven to strengthen liver health by promoting the repairing function and regeneration of liver cells.

Don’t take your liver for granted. Be mindful of what you eat and drink. Your “Silent Hero” will thank you.

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