Liver Disease


Liver Disease affects up to 25 percent of people living in the United States, according to the American Liver Foundation. The most common causes of liver disease are alcoholism, toxins, certain pharmaceutical drugs, genetic disorders and excess body weight. Liver is the most important organ of the body. It is a large vascular glandular organ of the vertebrates that secretes bile and causes important changes in many of the substances contained in the blood which passes through it.
Liver continues to work efficiently even if 80 to 85% of its cells and tissues are damaged, without even causing any symptoms. This, by itself becomes its weak point as liver damage can sometimes go too far without causing any symptoms. But there are a few things that you CAN DO in order to turn your scarred liver into a brand new healthy liver.

What is Liver?
1. Liver is like a huge biochemical factory, which produces more than one thousand enzymes to handle various chemical processes in the body.
2. It keeps a balance of glucose in the body. For absorption of the glucose into the blood, it is the liver which activates pancreas to produce insulin.
3. Liver makes antibodies to fight disease.
4. Our blood contains cholesterol (both HDL and LDL), triglycerides, free fatty acids, etc. These elements are manufactured by the liver from our food. HDL is good cholesterol while LDL is bad cholesterol; a balance between these must be maintained in the blood to keep our arteries healthy.
5. We often consume junk food, and various drugs and medicines which contain toxins and poisons. Our food, fruits and vegetables are loaded with germicides, pesticides. It is the liver which detoxifies these toxins in the body. If even a very tiny portion of these toxic agents get mixed with blood, we will meet a fatal end very quickly.
6. Liver produces vitamins, particularly B12, which is essential for production of blood. If liver stops production of vitamin B12, it will lead to pernicious anaemia. Vitamin B12 is crucial for formation of Red Blood Cells or Haemoglobin.
7. Liver produces Bile which is the essential enzyme for digestion. If this function is upset, it will lead to Jaundice or Hepatitis A. As we all know, jaundice is a very serious disease in which billions of liver cells gets destroyed very quickly. If jaundice occurs, the antibiotics do not work. Jaundice is primarily caused by wrong and contaminated food/water and a very Strict Diet Control and Rest alone is very helpful in curing jaundice.

What is Liver Disease?
Acetaminophen toxicity - The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports that when given the maximum approved daily dosage of acetaminophen – a substance present in a range of common medications including Tavist Allergy/Sinus/Headache Caplets, Vicks DayQuil Multi-symptom Cold/Flu Relief Liquid, and Tylenol – test subjects developed early signs of possible liver damage. According to the Harvard Women’s Health Watch, 56,000 emergency room visits and approximately 458 deaths from acute liver failure each year are attributable to acetaminophen overdose.
Alcoholic liver disease - This usually develops after years of excessive alcohol intake. The longer the period during which alcohol is excessively consumed and the greater the amount ingested, the higher the likelihood of developing alcoholic liver disease. Sometimes symptoms do not present themselves until the disease is relatively advanced.
Primary Liver Cancer - It remains undetected until it has reached the advanced stages because most people do not exhibit symptoms early on. By protecting yourself from cirrhosis and hepatitis – the two leading causes of the disease – you can greatly reduce your risk of developing liver cancer.
Liver Cirrhosis - This is characterized by the replacement of healthy tissue with fibrous tissue, regenerative nodules, and liver scarring. The resulting hardening of the liver interferes with blood circulation, eventually leading to irreversible liver damage and a complete loss of liver function. It is generally considered to be the 4th stage of Alcoholic Liver Disease.
Liver Cysts - This is a thin-walled bubble, a fluid-filled cavity in the liver. A common liver problem, liver cysts are normally benign and pose no problems or health risks. In cases when it causes liver infections, it is necessary to drain and/or remove the cyst.
Fatty liver disease (NAFLD) - It is generally considered to be the 1st stage of Alcoholic Liver Disease but also can be due to metabolic syndrome — a cluster of disorders that increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. In non alcoholic cases it is totally reversible with Weight Loss
Liver Fibrosis - Commonly caused by alcoholism (3rd stage of Alcoholic Liver Disease) and hepatitis C and is characterized by the formation of fibroids or fibrous tissue, regenerative nodules, and liver scarring, all of which impede blood circulation, and lead to progressive loss of liver function.
Hepatitis - A gastroenterological disease, hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis is not one, but many diseases – Hepatitis A through E – in which the liver becomes inflamed, and its cells are damaged as a result of inflammatory chemicals being produced and released in the liver. Chronic hepatitis B infection increases a person’s chance of developing liver cancer by one hundred times. Alcoholic Hepatitis (steatonecrosis or acute hepatitis) is generally considered to be the 2nd stage of Alcoholic Liver Disease.
Jaundice - When there are too many red blood cells dying for the liver to cope with, yellow pigment builds up in the body resulting in jaundice, a visible sign of liver problems.
Primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) - The bile ducts inside and outside the liver becomes inflamed and scarred which leads to bile duct infection (can cause chills and fever)

Symptoms:
Coated tongue, bad breath, skin rashes, itchy skin, excessive sweating (offensive body odour), dark circles under the eyes, red swollen and itchy eyes, acne rosacea, brownish spots and blemishes on the skin and foshed facila appearance or excessive facial blood vessels. Other symptoms include jaundice, dark urine, pale stool, bone loss, easy bleeding, itching, small, spider-like blood vessels visible in the skin, enlarged spleen, fluid in the abdominal cavity, chills, pain from the biliary tract or pancrea, and an enlarged gallbladder. The symptoms related to liver dysfunction include both physical signs and a variety of symptoms related to digestive problems, blood sugar problems, immune disorders, abnormal absorption of fats, and metabolism problems.
Liver dysfuntions have a huge effect on our nervous system and can lead to: Depression, mood swings, poor concentration and foggy brain, overheating of the body (especially the face and torso) and recurrent headaches (including migraine) associated with nausea.

TESTING
Liver Function Tests : Early detection of liver disease is vital to recovery, but often in the initial stages diseases of the liver result in very mild symptoms and, in some cases, none at all. Liver function tests can reveal an increased presence of certain enzymes, released by the liver when it is damaged. For this reason, in certain instances these tests are performed to detect, evaluate, and monitor liver damage or disease.
Liver Biopsy : A liver biopsy is performed to diagnose and monitor diseases that affect the liver and bile ducts. In most cases, a liver biopsy can provide a very specific diagnosis. Normally performed under local anesthesia, this procedure involves the removal of a small sample of tissue from the liver.
If you're overweight, experiencing diabetic issues, and/or have high blood pressure, get a liver enzyme blood test.

One of the greatest abilities of the Liver is that it can regenerate itself; it rebuilds its cells and tissues, which no other organ of the body does. While the liver is capable of regenerating itself, its capacity to repair itself can be seriously impaired by repeated or extensive damage. There are a myriad of other potentially liver-damaging toxics being ingested by people everyday, it makes sense to implement a multi-pronged health regimen aimed at detoxifying not only the liver but the whole body.

Harmful Intakes
Simply avoid all Junk food, fried foods, processed foods, sodas, sports drinks, junk foods, and trans-fats. Look for HFCS or corn syrup in the list of all food ingredients when you shop and avoid them.
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is particularly harmful to the liver and should always be avoided.
Aspartame, Splenda, or any other artificial sweetener should be eliminated from your diet forever. Delete preservatives, additives, and colorings from your diet altogether.
Avoid shellfish (contains mercury), processed meat (Preservatives & Nitrates), and dairy (Excessive Fats). Excessive consumption of fats, particularly animal fats can also lead to fatty liver and serious liver disease.
Refined carbohydrates such as white flour, pasta, cookies, cakes, and crackers all gunk up your colon and rapidly increase your blood sugar.
The liver helps to modulate blood sugar, so keeping blood sugar low is a good strategy for a liver cleanse.
Alcohol, Smoking & Harmful drugs must all be avoided at all costs to save a weak liver.

NATURAL CURE
Nutrition
All Red, Yellow & Orange  fruits and vegetables and dark, green leafy vegetables (which are bitter in flavour) and the once that contain B-vitamins, vitamin E, D and C, Iron, glutathione, carotinoids, glutamine, glycine, taurine, methionine & magnesium.
Vegetables: dark green leafy vegetables, artichoke, burdock, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, onion
Fruits: grapefruit, mangos, lemons, papaya, amla, plum (Thoroughly wash and peal fruits, vegetables, pulses etc before eating them)
Herbs: Milk Thistle is best suited for the liver because it contains silymarin, a flavonoid that heads straight to the liver to repair damaged cells. Garlic, cayenne pepper, ginger, tumeric, parsley, fennel, turmeric, cilantro are also greatly helpful.
Drinking coffee may be related to a reduced risk of developing the liver disease alcoholic cirrhosis, according to a report in the June 12 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. 2 cups of black Coffee a day increases the liver's ability to detoxify certain toxins. Green tea also has many benefits in detox diet programs.
Fasting: What we eat, when we eat, why do we eat, and how much do we eat? All these are crucial as our food should not put a load in the liver. Weekly one day fasting or 2/3 days fasting with diluted fruit juice, coconut water, lemon water, honey when our digestion or health upsets is a good practice to give physiological rest to liver and the whole body.
Everyone can benefit from a regular liver and colon cleansing routine to help foster overall wellness. Mild Coffee solution as colon cleanser is also helpful.