The liver is a vital organ and processes the chemicals you put in your body. Your liver can take damage from the excessive drinking of alcohol. The question is – can this damage be reversed?
For you to be healthy, your liver has to be functioning properly. The liver performs critical functions such as taking the toxins and harmful chemicals out of your body, blood purification, and the liver also adds nutrients to your system.
Cirrhosis is the result of ongoing damage to your liver. In the early and intermediate stages, the damage is reversible, but since when the liver attempts to repair itself it takes some scarring, with more advanced cirrhosis and the continued use of alcohol, cumulative more extensive scarring will ultimately shut down the liver function.
One of the biggest problems related to cirrhosis is it’s not obvious. There are few if any symptoms until the damage is significant and these symptoms include:
- You bruise more easily
- Jaundice (yellow in the eyes and skin)
- Weight loss
- You notice you are bleeding more with minor injuries
- You experience a loss of appetite
- Your abdomen area has accumulated fluids
So if you think you may have cirrhosis seeing a doctor is the first important step, and other steps you can take to stop the damage are:
The most obvious is to take measures to stop drinking alcohol. A tall order no doubt, but drinking will continue the damage and scarring of the liver.
Eat a healthy diet which would include fruits and vegetables. Fatty foods should be avoided.
Cut back on salt. It is well known that salt causes your body to retain fluids, and heavy salt use can add to the abdominal swelling (and in some cases with liver damage, there can be fluid retention in the legs also).
Cut back on any drugs you are taking and avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen over the counter drugs. Keep in mind your liver not only has to process the alcohol, but every other drug you take into your system as well.
Can liver damage be reversed? Yes, the damage can be reversed if you haven’t gone into the advanced stages of liver damage where the the scarring is so severe from alcohol abuse that this scarring of the liver has significantly interfered with the functioning of your liver.
Here are the three stages of alcohol related liver damage: