(ORDO NEWS) — A damaged liver can lead to a myriad of health problems. This organ is responsible for more than 500 important functions, including the breakdown of substances of toxic origin.
But not everyone can notice in time that the liver is in a state that requires immediate intervention.
Alcohol enters the human bloodstream through the tissue membranes that contain the stomach and small intestine. In turn, the liver begins to actively function in order to neutralize and then remove the toxin from the body.
Experts from Bowling Green State University told that organ cells begin to produce in large numbers such an enzyme as alcohol dehydrogenase. It is he who helps to break down alcohol into ketones. But when alcohol is filtered, a lot of liver cells die. In this regard, it is necessary to take a sufficiently long break in the use of alcoholic beverages.
This will allow the organ to regenerate and restore lost cells. But if a person can consume alcohol for several days in a row without stopping, then this can have a very negative effect on the liver.
The most basic signs that one or another liver disease begins to develop due to the intake of alcoholic beverages include:
- Stomach ache;
- Severe fatigue for no apparent reason;
- Nausea and vomiting;
- Feeling unwell on an ongoing basis.
Also, in case of liver problems due to alcohol, appetite may disappear, a person feels extremely bad for a long time and nothing helps him. It is worth paying attention to the fact that if alcoholic beverages are consumed regularly for several years, this will negatively affect the regenerative function of the liver.
In addition, damage may occur that will have an irreversible effect. Even if you drink alcohol only for a couple of days in a row, this will already become the reason that fat begins to accumulate in the liver.
Probably, many have heard the advice that it is better not to drink alcohol on an empty stomach. But why is it necessary to eat well before drinking alcohol?
Doctors spoke about this in sufficient detail. They noted that if you do not eat before drinking an alcoholic beverage, then it will be absorbed quickly enough through the gastric mucosa. This will cause rapid intoxication. Then the hangover will come just as quickly and the state of health will noticeably deteriorate.
In this case, food plays an important role as a catalyst. With its help, it is possible to minimize those unpleasant symptoms that often occur after drinking alcohol.
Alcohol contains ethyl alcohol, which is absorbed by the gastric mucosa and then enters the bloodstream. At the same time, a large load goes on the small intestine and on the liver. Alcohol also affects those organs with a high level of blood supply – the brain and lungs.
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