This World Liver Day, we understand our liver better
World Liver Day is celebrated on April 19 of each year. The liver is the second largest organ in the body. Liver diseases can be caused by hepatitis A, B, C, alcohol and drugs. Viral hepatitis occurs due to the consumption of contaminated food and water, unsafe sexual practices and drug abuse. If not treated in time, they can cause liver cirrhosis and liver cancer.
According to WHO, liver diseases are the tenth most common cause of death in India. People with liver problems often experience few or no symptoms. Although there have been important advances in the treatment of liver diseases, there is no complete cure. The only way to control a failed liver is to get a liver transplant.
This World Liver Day, Dr. Arvind Khurana, Director and Chief, Department of Gastroenterology, Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh It encourages you to better understand your liver. Here it is How to keep your liver healthy
The liver performs the following functions:
Fight infections and diseases. Regulation of sugar in blood. Elimination of toxic substances from the body. Controlling cholesterol levels. Helping the blood coagulate (thicken). Making many of the body's essential proteins. Release of bile (a liquid that breaks down fats and aids in digestion). Responsible for the manufacture of cholesterol and triglycerides. It breaks down drugs and drugs, including alcohol. It breaks down insulin and other hormones in the body.
The causes of liver disease:
Liver disease can be hereditary or genetic. Unhealthy lifestyle and eating patterns. Viruses such as hepatitis A, B and C can damage the liver. Increased consumption of alcoholic beverages together with junk foods that induce high cholesterol levels. Overweight, marked obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Symptoms of liver disease:
Jaundice. Sudden weight loss A decrease in appetite Nausea and vomiting. General weakness and / or fatigue. Pain that occurs in the upper part of the abdomen on the right side or near the right shoulder blade. Enlarged liver (hepatomegaly). Enlarged spleen Abdominal swelling (ascites)
Detox diet for cleansing the liver
Eat garlic, grapefruit, carrot, green leafy vegetables, apple and nuts. Use olive oil. Take lemon juice and lime and green tea. Prefer alternative grains (Quinoa, Millet and Buckwheat). Add the cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower). Use turmeric in foods.
Prevention of liver disease:
Adopt healthy lifestyle habits Maintain a healthy diet Eat foods from all food groups: grains, proteins, dairy products, fruits, vegetables and fats. Eat foods that have lots of fibers, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads, rice and cereals. Ensure safe blood transfusions to avoid getting hepatitis A, B, C. Wash your hands after going to the bathroom. Avoid tap water when traveling. Say no to alcohol, tobacco and drugs. Exercise regularly to keep your liver healthy.
Source: Press release
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Reference: https://www.thehealthsite.com/news/world-liver-day-dos-and-donts-for-a-healthy-liver-ai0418/, by Editorial Team