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The liver is one of the most crucial organs of the body which is seldom talked about. Most often than not a liver problem comes to the fore when it has reached its peak or when medical interventions become necessary. Liver cirrhosis, inflammation, fatty liver disease are some of the conditions one might suffer from if the organ has been abused for too long by indulging in wrong eating habits and leading a sedentary lifestyle. Also, the symptoms of liver damage or disease are so generic that we fail to pick the cues until it is too late nausea, vomiting, fever, lack of appetite, unexplained weight loss etc. Here are few things you need to know about your liver to keep it hale and hearty.
This is why it is necessary to take care of this organ so you don t reach a stage of no return where dependence on medication, surgery or a transplant becomes necessary. Taking the right preventing measures is one way of boosting liver health. The liver performs various functions including bile formation, digestion, detoxification, protein metabolism, synthesis and many more. It is better to eat a balanced diet and have food in the right proportions or in moderation so your liver doesn t have to go on an overdrive to help in digestion of foods. According to Ayurveda, the liver is a fiery organ and eating foods that are cool in nature can help to keep the balance in place. Ayurveda Acharya, Dr Partap Chauhan, Director, Jiva Ayurveda says that bitter tasting foods and cooling herbs are the best foods for the liver. Aloe Vera, neem, kutki, karela, amala, turmeric, bhumi-amala, punarnava etc are some of the foods that should be consumed in one form or the other to protect and boost liver health. Green leafy vegetables, beetroots, carrots, apples are also good for the liver. Here is how negative emotions disrupt liver health.
However, if you are living a fast-paced life like most of us where cooking or preparing particular foods with these special herbs and vegetables gets little difficult you can try an Ayurvedic detox tea to help your liver stay healthy.
Here is how you can make it:
Boil a pinch of turmeric powder in a cup of water for few minutes. When the water cools down or becomes lukewarm, squeeze some fresh lemon juice (about one teaspoonful) into it. A teaspoonful of honey can be added if needed to make it sweet. Sip this concoction and relax. Turmeric has a lot of healing and therapeutic properties and helps to detoxify the liver too. Well, the liver is the organ of the body which helps in detoxification so a detox tea for the organ might be a bit surprising health advice. But as Dr Partap Chauhan says a little TLC for the liver will only help the organ work better and to its optimum.
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