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The liver is the largest internal organ in the body, so it’s needless to say we ought to take good care of it. The liver has many responsibilities and functions in the body.
- Metabolism- The liver plays a part in the metabolic process of breaking down proteins and fats for storage.
- Storage- The point of this storage is to eventually convert it into the energy we need to get through our day-to-day tasks.
- Detoxification- Another large role the liver plays in the body is detoxification.
Everyone today is exposed to influences that create toxins beyond what the body can naturally handle, such as chemicals and preservatives in foods, synthetic drugs and emotional and mental stress. From drugs and alcohol to unknown foreign substances, the liver helps to detoxify the materials of our body and ensure that toxins are safely removed from your blood is one of the liver’s most critical jobs.
Simple habits to keep the liver healthy
- Avoiding alcohol is very beneficial for your liver. Some drugs and medications may not be the easiest for the liver to breakdown. It will always benefit you to be cautious of what you may be taking and be sure to read the label.
- Flush it out! Today most of the people do not consume enough water and adding lemon makes it even better. Lemon and all citrus fruits contain vitamin C and minerals that boost bodily functions and enhance the cleansing process, sweeping out wastes. Flushing your liver is like giving your body a good pre-wash so your blood stays at optimal pH level.
- Eating healthy carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.
- Regularize your sleep cycle. The human body has an amazing biological clock and various functions occur in our body when we are sleeping. The most important of it is, liver detoxification which happens during our sleep hours especially between 11pm to 3am.
- Periodic detoxification does wonders to your system, by offloading the stress of the liver and thereby enhancing its functionality.
Benefits of Detoxification
Detoxifying can lead to many positive enhancements, such as increase in energy levels, slows the ageing process, boosts the body’s immunity level, improves strength, endurance and vitality.
Ayurveda emphasizes on the preventive aspect as much as it has detailed on the curative aspect of diseases. Periodic seasonal detoxification through Panchakarma plays a vital role in prevention of and also in enhancing the vitality of the organs.
Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Diseases (NAFLD) is an rising as a major cause of chronic liver disease in India. Epidemiological studies suggest prevalence of NAFLD is around 9% to 32% of general population in India with higher generality in those with overweight or obesity
NAFLD is correlated to Yakrity Vikara in Ayurveda classics with similarities in sign and symptoms. Yakrit Vikars or liver diseases mainly arise due to vitiation of Pitta dosha, so Virechana therapy is very much effective in this condition as Virechana is the best purificative measures for Pitta.
Virechan Krama not only normalizes the serum AST, ALT and Alkaline phosphate level but also enhance the liver function and general health condition of a person.