Don’t let your liver go on strike – Discover What you should eat and avoid
Are you a die-hard foodie who loves to gorge on deep-fried, spicy, and cheesy food? If yes, then you should definitely read this blog. You might be giving your taste buds a party, but you are also hurting your liver in the process. And guess what? Liver disease is on the rise, and it’s preventable. Yes, you read that right! You can save your liver from taking an early retirement by following a few simple Ayurvedic guidelines.
Liver disease is a growing concern, and many cases are preventable. One type of liver disease that is on the rise is fatty liver disease, which can lead to serious health complications if left untreated. The good news is that there are simple lifestyle changes you can make to help prevent or even reverse fatty liver disease.
Fatty liver disease is a condition in which fat builds up in the liver, leading to inflammation and damage to liver cells. It is often linked to obesity, insulin resistance, and metabolic syndrome. The condition can progress to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), which can cause scarring of the liver and eventually lead to liver failure.
Fun Fact: Liver
But first, let’s have some fun and learn some mind-boggling facts about the liver.
Did you know that the liver is the largest internal organ in the human body? And that it weighs around 1.5 kg? That’s almost like carrying a football in your stomach. Also, the liver performs more than 500 functions in the body, including filtering blood, detoxifying harmful substances, producing bile, and regulating cholesterol levels. Phew! That’s a lot of work for one organ.
Now, let’s get back to the main topic: preventing liver disease through an Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle.
Also Read: The Ayurveda Guide For Liver Health
Firstly, let’s talk about what you should avoid:
Say goodbye to your boozy weekends if you want to keep your liver healthy. While moderate alcohol consumption may not harm the liver, excessive alcohol use can lead to liver damage and contribute to the development of fatty liver disease. Alcohol damages liver cells and leads to inflammation and scarring.
Fast food is often high in unhealthy fats, salt, and added sugars, which can contribute to the development of fatty liver disease. Those bags of chips, frozen pizza, and sugary drinks might taste delicious, but they are loaded with additives, preservatives, and unhealthy fats that clog up your liver.
Sorry, carnivores, but red meat is not your liver’s best friend. It’s high in saturated fats, which can cause fatty liver disease.
A cup or two of coffee a day is fine, but don’t overdo it. Too much caffeine can cause dehydration and put stress on your liver
Steer Clear of Soft Drinks and Added Sugars:
Sugary drinks are a major source of added sugars in the American diet and have been linked to an increased risk of fatty liver disease. Opt for water, unsweetened tea, or sparkling water instead.
Now, let’s move on to what you should eat:
One of the most effective ways to prevent or reverse fatty liver disease is by making dietary changes. Here are some of the foods to help you get started:
Green leafy vegetables
Whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats, provide essential nutrients that can help support liver health. Aim to eat a variety of whole foods at each meal. Spinach, kale, and broccoli are your liver’s BFFs. They are packed with antioxidants and nutrients that help flush out toxins from your body.
Swap your white bread and pasta for whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, and whole wheat bread. They are high in fiber and vitamins that support liver function.
Apples, berries, and citrus fruits are loaded with vitamin C, which helps boost immunity and fight inflammation.
Healthy fats are part of a healthy diet. Contrary to popular belief, not all fats are bad for you. In fact, healthy fats, such as those found in avocados, nuts, and olive oil, can help improve liver function and reduce inflammation in the body.
Panchakarma – Ayurvedic Detox Therapy to Eliminate Toxins from the body
If you want to take your liver health to the next level, you can try ayurvedic detox therapy called panchakarma. It involves a series of cleansing procedures that eliminate toxins from your body and improve liver function. Vamana, Virechana, and Basti are the most popular panchakarma therapies for liver detox.
It’s high time we start taking our liver health seriously. Let’s ditch unhealthy habits and embrace a healthier, ayurvedic lifestyle. And if you want to learn more about how Ayurveda can help you keep your liver happy. Book an appointment with Ayushakti Ayurved today!
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In addition to dietary changes, regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight can also help prevent or reverse fatty liver disease. If you are concerned about your liver health or have been diagnosed with fatty liver disease, please contact Ayushakti Ayurved.
In conclusion, making simple lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly, can go a long way in preventing or reversing fatty liver disease. Take charge of your liver health today and make the necessary changes to protect this vital organ.
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Blog Author: Dr. Prajakta Patil
Expert Review By: Dr. Smita Pankaj Naram
Co-Founder, Ayushakti Ayurved Pvt. Ltd.