Diet and lifestyle for Liver Care

According to Ayurveda, the liver is considered a fire or pitta organ, since it is essential to digestion. Liver is the main site of metabolism. Healthy liver leads to good health of the person. We should adopt little modification in our diet and lifestyle to maintain the health of liver.

  • Avoid excessive consumption of fat. A healthy diet and exercise helps the liver to perform vital functions smoothly. Excess fat in the diet unnecessarily burden the liver.
  • Avoid consuming excess salt in diet as this may cause fluid retention in the body.
  • Don’t consume excess proteins as the diseased liver would not be able to digest the proteins well.
  • Too much spicy foods and oily foods are best to be avoided.
  • Consume excess of carbohydrates and glucose drinks which can provide instant energy to the body and will help in recovery also.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol. It is highly toxic to the liver. it is the main cause cirrhosis. Caution on the consumption of alcohol should be made to measure or even be preferable to avoid fully.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Avoid junk foods, scanned foods or street foods as they are not hygienically processed.
  • Do not consume non-vegetarian diet in excess quantities as it is heavy to digest.
  • Consume light food like khichdi etc.
  • Foods like palak, lauki, mooli, kach papira, kacha kela, anaar, munkka, cow milk and cow ghee.
  • Old rice, yava (Barley), wheat, sugarcane are recommended.
  • Lentils like moong, arhar, masoorare good.
  • Herbs like punanava (Boerhavia Diffusa), kushmand (White gourd melon), dhaniya (coriander), a guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), amla (Indian gooseberry), harar (Myrobalan), bahera (Terminallo belerica), mulhethi (Sweet liquorice) are good for liver.
  • One can consume trifla decoction, guduchi (Tinospora cordifolla) swarasa, juice of neem leaves or chaal early morning.
  • Avoid taking drugs which can be harmful to liver. Some drugs such as cocaine, cause damage liver.
  • Avoid the high dose of vitamin A, E and K as they may put an extra burden on the liver.
  • Everyone should go for vaccine against hepatitis B. Hepatitis B can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer. The vaccine against hepatitis B protects against the disease. Human’s greater risk of hepatitis such as professionals in the health sector and others must not fall to vaccinate.
  • Many drugs may be toxic to the liver. So, they should not be taken without the advice of a doctor.
  • Proper rest
  • Proper hygiene should be maintained.
  • Use filtered or boiled water
  • One can consume nutritional supplements to benefit the liver.
  • Be careful what you breathe in and what affixed to your skin. Today we use all sorts of sprays for various reasons. When used to spray insecticides, antimicrobials particularly those against fungi or paint, it is necessary to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Obesity causes fatty liver. The fatty liver (storage fat within the liver cells) is a pathological condition observed initially and alcoholism.
  • The infections of liver usually spread by the contact of the blood or body fluids. One should take extra care while injecting medicines, IV fluids and blood transfusion. Try to avoid used blades and toothbrushes. Prefer using own.
  • Asanas like Surya namakaar (Sun salutation), Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand), Vajrasana (Diamond pose), Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Spinal Twist), Shalabhasana (Locust Pose), Bhujangasana (cobra pose), Bridge Pose (Setu Bandhasana), Bitilasana (Cow Pose) are good for liver.
  • Pranayama like Kapalbhati (Shining Skull), Bhastrika, Bahya pranayama (External breath), Agnisaar kriya, Deep Breathing are good for liver care.

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