The Role of Exercise in Managing Hepatitis: Benefits and Recommendations

The Role of Exercise in Managing Hepatitis: Benefits and Recommendations

The liver is a vital organ in your body that plays a role in many bodily functions, such as digestion, metabolism, immunity and detoxification. It processes nutrients, stores fat-soluble vitamins and synthesises cholesterol for cell energy. The liver aids in fighting infection and filters the blood. It also supports the removal of excess cholesterol from the body by converting it into bile.

Hepatitis causes inflammation and damage to your liver. This condition is known for its different

types, such as hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C.

When the liver becomes inflamed, it results in compromised organ function. Certain types of Hepatitis, particularly A and B, can be avoided through Hepatitis vaccination.

Physical Activity in Liver Disease

Staying physically fit can cause a myriad of benefits for your liver. Regular exercise can reduce your body mass index, lessening your body’s demands on your liver, allowing it to recover and improve the organ’s function. Regular physical activity supports the liver by:

  • Improving blood flow to the organ
  • Decreases liver inflammation
  • Reduces fat in your liver
  • Decreases body fat
  • Dilates blood vessels
  • Improves liver scar tissue or fibrosis

Consistent exercise, at least 30 minutes five times a week, offers benefits not only for the liver but for overall health, which boosts your immunity, mood and energy levels.

Brisk walking for 10 minutes three to five days a week can also be beneficial. Gradually increase the duration of your walking over a few months until you can walk for an hour a day.

You can combine your exercise regimen with cardiovascular activities and weight training. The key is to find a type of physical activity you enjoy, whether biking, yoga or even pilates.

Hepatitis Prevention

Hepatitis is commonly spread through body fluids such as blood and semen. Therefore, it is crucial not to share contaminated equipment such as razors, needles or toothbrushes with infected individuals.

The best way to protect yourself and loved ones from the disease is by getting the hepatitis vaccination. The Hepatitis B vaccine is administered to babies and adults. It is essential for those who are considered at higher risk of infection, such as people who have liver or kidney disease, people with HIV, babies from mothers with Hepatitis B, and healthcare workers who are at constant exposure to diseases.

Anna Pharmacy can help you with your vaccination needs if you fall into any of these groups. Click here to book with us through our hassle-free appointment system or visit your local Anna Pharmacy for more information.