Years ago, I started having intense stomach pain that radiated into my back and came in waves of agony. After twenty minutes to an hour, the pain would fade away and I’d quickly forget about it, assuming it was something I ate…until the next attack. A friend helped me realize that I was likely having gallbladder attacks and the hospital eventually confirmed that. What’s more, the doctor mentioned that the attacks had caused some hardening in my liver as well.
That was my first lesson on just how important liver health was. I knew I could live without my gallbladder, but nobody can survive without their liver. In fact, that’s even where its name comes from! Luckily, a gallbladder surgery cured my own liver issues. But for many people, complications with their liver are far more serious, far more dangerous and far harder to treat.