You’ve heard before that you’re supposed to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. While it might seem like a lot, our bodies are composed of approximately 65 percent of the stuff – meaning we need all the H2O we can get. “Dehydration can have a direct effect on our liver’s ability to properly detoxify our body,” says Michele Neil-Sherwood, DO, of the Functional Medical Institute and co-author of The Quest for Wellness. “So as the liver loses hydration, it also loses its organ reserve, or what it uses to take care of the rest of the body.” And when this happens, your risk of illness increases.
13 ways you’re secretly hurting your liver
To keep this all-important organ in tip-top shape, here’s what you should cut out for a healthy liver.
Not drinking enough water