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How to Protect and Heal Your Liver

 
Located just below our right-hand rib cage, our liver plays a crucial role in many essential bodily functions of the body, such as producing bile that reduces the amount of fat in the body. It maintains our sugar, fat and iron levels, and is also involved in the production of protein. 
 
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Liver diseases are a group of disorders, infections and medical conditions that affect the liver tissue and its structure, and may cause damage or stop its functioning altogether.
 
Common symptoms of liver disease:
 
Yellowing of the skin  Fever 
Upper right side abdominal tenderness  Jaundice 
Dry mouth   Weight gain 
Dark urine  
Loss of appetite
 
vomiting blood
Breast development in males
Weight loss  Enlarged liver 
diarrhea  Joint aches 
 
Main Causes of Liver Disease:
 
- Lack of sleep at night (sleeping more in the morning, less at night)
 
- High consumption of food in a single sitting
 
- Inability to urinate in the morning
 
- Consumption of too many artificial preservatives and sweeteners
 
- Consumption of fried food when tired
 
- Hepatitis A, B or E infection
 
- Autoimmune diseases that attack liver cells and cause inflammation
 
- Alcohol abuse can directly cause liver inflammation
 
 
Recommended Home Remedies for Treating Liver Disease:
 
Dandelion Root Tea
This is one of the best home remedies for liver disease. You can make tea out of dandelion leaves twice a day. For even better results, you can boil some roots of the dandelion in water. 
 
dandelion tea
 
Milk Thistle
This remedy can be very effective for dealing with liver disorders. Consume about 850 ml of milk thistle twice a day with food. This will keep your liver in good condition and also supply relief for certain liver problems. Studies have shown that it can be a very effective agent in the fight against liver problems such as cirrhosis, hepatitis (viral), high toxicity and others.
 
 
 
Indian Gooseberry:
Besides being a fantastic source of vitamin C, which helps keep your liver healthy, it is known that gooseberries help protect your liver. It is recommended to eat about 5-6 raw gooseberries every day or add them to food (salads, for example). Recent studies have shown that consuming the Indian gooseberry leads to an improvement in liver function caused by a normalization of the liver-specific enzyme, alanine transaminase.
 
gooseberries
 
 
Turmeric:
Turmeric, or better yet its active ingredient, curcumin, is well-known for its antioxidant and antiseptic properties. Consuming turmeric or adding it to foods on a regular basis will keep your liver in good condition. Studies have shown that turmeric can protect the liver from the viruses that causes hepatitis A, B and E. You can add it to food, milk or just ingest half a tablespoon of turmeric with one teaspoon of honey once per day.
 
turmeric
Papaya Fruit:
The papaya fruit is really good at getting rid of liver disorders. It also offers good relief to those who suffer from cirrhosis of the liver. Consume one teaspoon of lemon juice with three teaspoons of papaya juice once a day and repeat for four to six weeks to relieve the condition.
 
papaya
 
 
Apple Cider Vinegar:
This is a cleansing remedy that will help flush out toxins from inside the liver. Drinking it before meals will help you maintain a healthy level of body fat.
 
Take one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and mix it with a glass of water, then add one teaspoon of honey and mix again. Drink this concoction three times a day to really cleanse your liver.
 
apple cider vinegar
 
 
A few more tips for taking care of your liver:
 
~ Drink green tea every day. It contains catechins that aid the function of the liver.
 
~ Physical activity, even mild, will reduce your toxin levels through perspiration and keep your body fit.
 
~ Drink a lot of water. It's always a healthy choice and it will flush the toxins out of your system. 
 
~ Eating apples and leafy vegetables is a good idea, as they also help flush out toxins from the body.
 
~ Avoid alcohol like the plague.
 
~ Avocados and walnuts also offer protection against liver disorders.
 
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