Your liver is one of the most hardworking organs in your body. It works around the clock to keep you healthy by helping you – digest food, absorb the essential nutrients and minerals, and neutralize as well as remove toxic compounds from the body.
Thus, a healthy liver is indicative of your overall level of health – which means it is definitely worth taking care of! Here is our compilation of effective yoga exercises and natural Ayurvedic remedies that will help you keep common liver afflictions at bay.
Subtle signs of the onset of liver damage are nausea, a loss of appetite, recurring fatigue, and mild to severe diarrhea. Factors triggering chronic liver damage can range from Hepatitis B/C, prolonged alcohol abuse, Cirrhosis, Hemochromatosis (hereditary disorder leading to excess iron absorption), Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) and Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH), Autoimmune Hepatitis, bile duct disease, and malnutrition.
Every year in May according to the centre for disease control (CDC), Hepatitis awareness month is observed. Americans usually suffer from Hepatitis A, B and C. Hepatitis afflicts millions of Americans. The govt has taken many steps by encouraging people to get tested and vaccinated. The CDC is taking steps to get more and more people to join hands in the fight against hepatitis.
Eastern medicine says that the liver is the seat of anger. So find ways to release vent-up feelings. Hydration is crucial to aid the liver to purge toxins. Milk thistle, a flowering herb, fights toxins and supports liver function regeneration. Quercetin, a flavonoid found in apples, spinach, kale, and tomatoes enhances the body’s immunity response. Stop drinking alcohol.
Hepatitis is the inflammation of the liver. This happens due to excessive consumption of alcohol, exposure to toxic chemicals and allergic reactions. The symptoms include loss of appetite, nausea, dark urine and sensitivity to light. You could counter Hepatitis with home remedies like garlic, ginger and lime juice, artichokes, turmeric, grapes, tomatoes, and curd.
NAFLD is a slow killer affecting nearly 20% adults and 6 million children. It greatly increases your risk of developing cirrhosis, liver failure or liver cancer and also heart disease. Obesity and poor diet are responsible, so eat foods in their natural form, preferably organic. Avoid processed foods, sugar, alcohol, soda, fatty and fried foods and exercise regularly.
Symptoms of NAFLD range from – diabetes, obesity, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), leaky gut, chronic fatigue, inflammation, food allergies and metabolic syndrome. Some solutions are extracts of milk thistle, vitamin E, NAC, Phosphatidylcholine, Glutathione, healthy diet and healthy probiotic with an inclusion of Monolaurin to remove harmful biofilm.
Glyphosate – the key ingredient of GMOs, damages beneficial bacteria in your body. This results in overgrowth of harmful bacteria which leads to candida and chronic inflammation producing a leaky gut. It is also linked to increased gluten sensitivity, IBS and also damages cytochrome, preventing liver detoxification by halting the work of liver enzymes.
Extract juice from the stems, leaves, flowers, and roots of the herb ‘Bhringaraj‘ and consume 1 tsp with honey. The powdered form of the root of ‘Katuki‘ mixed with honey should be taken 3 times a day. Take 2 tablets of 250mg of ‘Aarogyavardhini vati‘ with warm water twice a day. Natural remedies include papaya seeds, carrot juice, fig leaves, and radish.
Pacifying the body’s Pitta energy can prevent liver diseases. Avoid spicy, salty and fermented foods. Avoid exercising when it is hot. Ardha masyendrasana/ Bhujanghasana are poses that can help pacify pitta. Detox your liver with herbs like Bhumiamalaki, Kutki and indulge in sweet, bitter and cooling foods like coconut water, carrots, and aloe vera.