Author: Beyonce Diamond Kpogli
Save Your Liver Foundation, the 1st Liver Health Foundation in sub-Saharan Africa, and a member of the World Hepatitis Alliance has launched the ‘Heal The Gut-Save The Liver’ Campaign.
Addressing the press conference, the President of Save Your Liver Foundation, Nyaaba-Aweeba Azongo said, the campaign is to ensure that Gut-Liver Health is adopted as the first recourse to Ghanaian Prevention Health Culture.
The Liver, the largest organ in the body, performs over 500 vital functions daily to keep human beings alive.
It removes harmful toxins from 100 gallons of blood per day as part of its functions.
The Gut refers to the gastrointestinal (GI) system; that is the portions of the alimentary canal, particularly the stomach and the intestines.
The health of the gut is determined by the level and types of bacteria in your digestive, and intestinal tract.
According to him, the gut when working properly forms a tight barrier that controls what gets absorbed into the bloodstream.
“An unhealthy gut lining may have cracks or holes, allowing partially digested food and toxins to penetrate the tissues beneath it. This may cause inflammation and changes in gut normal bacteria leading to problems within the digestive tract and beyond”.
He underscored that all diseases begin with the gut; currently ‘Leaky Gut and Diseased Liver’ has become the two most dangerous medical condition that need urgent attention.
Nyaaba-Aweeba Azongo called on the media to add their voices to this campaign to educate the public about these harmful diseases in order to save lives.
Dr. Nathan Quarcoo, general manager and consultant at Save Your Liver Foundation urged the general public to shy away from processed foods and consume our local food to protect their guts.
“We are surrounded by toxicity which has effects on our guts but what I will entreat us to do is try our possible best to eat our local foods like our vegetables, our fruits; any food that has not been processed to expand its lifespan is good for our guts”.