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Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Diseases, Diet, Supplement and Lifestyle Tips

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What is liver?

Liver is a largest solid organ in our body which is located at the upper right side part of the abdomen. An adult’s liver usually weighs approximately 3 pounds. It is separated into two parts i.e. right and left lobe. The right lobe is larger than the left lobe. It is the active organ which is responsible for many vital life functions.

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Function of liver in our body:

There are many functions of the liver that are carried by its cells. The liver is almost performing 500 functions in our body with the combination of other organs. The main five primary functions of liver on our body are:

  • It helps in the production and excretion of Bile.
  • It helps in the excretion of bilirubin, cholesterol, hormones and drugs.
  • It helps in the activation of enzymes.
  • It helps in the metabolism of fats, proteins and carbohydrates.
  • It is helpful in the storage of glycogen, vitamins and minerals.
  • It helps in the synthesis of plasma proteins such as clotting factors.
  • It also helps in the detoxification and purification of blood.

What is No-Alcholic Fatty Liver Disease?

Non alcoholic Fatty Liver disease (NAFLD), is a commonly found disease that is actually the build-up of extra fat in liver cells which is not caused by the consumption of alcohol.  When the liver weighs more than 5% to 10% it is referred to as Fatty Liver. The main reason for a person to get affected by this disease is overweight. This disease also comes under the umbrella of fatty liver disease. Usually, NAFLD doesn’t have much harm at the early stage but it may lead to serious liver damage if not taken precautionary measures.

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Fatty Liver Sign & Symptoms:

When a person is affected by this disease following mentioned signs or symptoms can be observed by him/her:

  • He/ She may feel pain in the upper right side of the abdomen.
  • HE/ she may feel swelling in the belly.
  • The person can also get jaundice or yellowish skin and eyes.
  • The person may feel fatigue problems.

If the disease is not undertaken at the early stage it may get worsen up and below-mentioned signs can be seen or observed in the patient:

  • The person may face mental confusion.
  • There may be internal bleeding.
  • The person may get fluid retention.

CAUSES:

It is not yet cleared that why some people are prone to this disease while others don’t. But few of the causes that can affect a person with NAFLD are:

  • The disease is majorly caused by obesity or in the person who is obese especially with large waist size.
  • The Other reason found behind this is insulin resistance in which the sugar is not been properly taken by the cells.
  • The person has abnormal levels of fats in the blood which include a high level of triglycerides, abnormal cholesterol.
  • Metabolic syndrome can also be the cause behind this disease.
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RISK FACTORS FOR NAFLD:

There are many risk factors associated with NAFLD:

  • Waist circumference
  • Hypertension
  • Triglycerides
  • Low HDL
  • Type 2 Diabetes

DIAGNOSIS:

At an early stage, when doctor usually examines your body to find out whether the person is suffering from NAFLD by seeing the symptoms the person is having, then by the signs of insulin resistance such as darkened patches on elbows, knuckles and knees or maybe by signs of jaundice that causes your skin and eyes yellowish in color.

But if the person is not diagnosed at an early stage then the disease can be diagnosed by blood tests, imaging and last option is a liver biopsy. Through blood samples, it can be easily detected if the liver enzymes are increased.

The doctor may perform imaging tests to diagnose the disease which may include Ultrasound, CT scans or MRI.

Through Liver biopsy, a piece of tissue of taken from the liver which is then examined under a microscope to look for the signs of damage or disease.

Prevention , Lifestyle & Diet:

The first step to prevent from this disease is to maintain a healthy lifestyle which includes ideal weight, healthy intake of food like fruits, vegetables, also incorporate physical activities like walking, cycling, gymming in your daily regime and drink at least 3- 4 liters of water a day. The person should keep a check on his daily calorie intake. There should be a strict no to spicy and fatty foods. Fiber intake should be increased. Incorporate yoga and Pranayam in your daily life as this is the best option to treat not only NAFLD but also for your overall health.

TREATMENT THROUGH AYURVEDA:

Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems which was developed in India from more than 5000 years ago. Ayurveda comprises of two words Ayur + Veda which means “the science of life”. Ayurveda believes in the balance between the mind, body and soul. Through Ayurveda the diseases are treated right from the root. The whole Ayurveda study is based on the three doshas of our body which are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Whenever there is an imbalance between any of these three doshas, it may result in many diseases. In Ayurveda we are blessed with a variety of  Ayurvedic herbs that help in balancing and maintaining the body.

In Ayurvedic terms, the Liver is considered as a fire or pitta organ which is helpful in digestion and elimination. The treatment is cured by the ingestion of herbs, spices and roots that contain medicinal ingredients or have the medicinal properties to cure any sort of illness and maintain a general well being. Some of the ayurvedic herbal blends are Triphala, Kutki, Aloe vera, hellebore root, Embelia root, Chicory seed, ginger and long pepper.

In Ayurveda Yogashram we have a combination of herbs that can treat a person suffering from this disease.

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