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Herbs that Protect the Liver

Best herbs to protect the liver
Liver

The Liver is the largest organ in the body. It fills the upper right part of the abdomen. It is covered by the ribs on the right side of the body.The liver performs over 500 functions and holds approximately 13% of the total blood supply at a given time. About 60% of the liver is made up of liver cells called hepatocytes. These cells absorb nutrients and remove harmful substances from the blood. The liver also controls the level of fats, amino acids and glucose in the blood.

Liver Functions

The Liver performs more than 500 jobs in the body. Some of the most important functions are:

Causes of Liver Disease

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The main causes of liver disease are obesity, undiagnosed hepatitis infection and excessive consumption of alcohol. These causes can be easily prevented by making sure that you have the right BMI, avoiding excessive amounts of alcohol and taking measures to prevent getting hepatitis. Drugs too can cause liver disease. Some drugs are directly injurious to the liver, while the liver converts some others into chemicals that can cause injury to the liver directly or indirectly.

Liver Conditions

The liver conditions can be hepatitis, which is basically inflammation of the liver, which is caused by viruses like hepatitis A, B and C. Hepatitis may also be caused by heavy drinking, drugs and obesity. Cirrhosis occurs when there is damage to the liver which leads to permanent scarring. The liver is unable to function properly. Cirrhosis can also lead to cancer of the liver.

Liver failure can be caused by various factors like infection, alcohol and genetic diseases. Ascites is a condition where the liver leaks fluid into the stomach, making it heavy and bloated.

Mind Body Connection and Liver Disease in Ayurveda

In Ayurveda, the mind, body and spirit are believed to be integrated part of an inseparable whole. It is believed that our emotions and state of mind can affect liver health. Therefore, it makes more sense to treat both the mind and body. Liver is considered an organ that has a penchant for volatile emotions like anger, envy, irritability, resentment and frustration. Due to social conditioning, most of these emotions are suppressed, which leads to a pile up of toxic emotions which is very unhealthy. These unresolved emotions harm the liver. Positive emotions are also affect the liver if they are not kept in balance. Hence, keeping all the emotional energies in balance is considered very critical for liver health.

Some of the methods that can help us deal with the mind body conditions are meditation, pranayam and yoga. Fifteen to twenty minutes of meditation or pranayam can work wonders. These practices are incredible calming, grounding and soothing to the mind. The kapalbhati pranayama is considered good for liver health. Some of the yoga postures are Ardha Matsyendrasana, Dhanurasana, Gomukh Asana, Naukasana

Natural Home Remedies to Treat And Prevent Liver Disease

The best way to treat a disease is to prevent it. Nature has given us a lot of natural ways to keep the liver healthy. Fruits, plant extracts and herbs, have been traditionally used for treating liver diseases. Herbs play a very important role in keeping the liver in health and good working condition. The herbs mentioned below cleanse and help treat fatty liver.





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