• Cirrhosis of the Liver

    Cirrhosis of the liver is supposedly an irreversible condition. It is a condition that causes scarring of the liver as a result of chronic liver disease. This scarring blocks efficient blood and bile flow through the liver and, as a result, keeps it from working properly.

    The liver is the largest internal organ in your body and one that performs many critical tasks.  Some of the liver’s functions include neutralizing or getting rid of toxins in your blood and it also helps to control infections in your body.  Another function is that of producing proteins that help to regulate the clotting of your blood and creating bile that assists your body in absorbing fats and fat-soluble vitamins.

    Without the smooth functioning of these tasks, many illnesses could occur.  Living healthily, with regular exercise, medical check-ups and updated, good health insurance could save you troubles in the future.  The well-being of each of our organs is crucial, and the liver especially so.

    While Cirrhosis is irreversible, it is a condition that develops slowly so the earlier treatment begins the less damage will be done to your liver.  This is a disease that can be fatal so it should be taken very seriously. In case you did not know, the most common cause of cirrhosis of the liver is excessive use of alcohol.

    Some other causes of Cirrhosis of the liver are;

    1. Blocked bile ducts
    2. Autoimmune disease (where your own body attacks the liver)
    3. Medications
    4. Exposure to toxic substances
    5. Obesity (causes build up of fatty deposits in your liver)
    6. Cystic Fibrosis
    7. Hepatitis B & C (chronic)
    8. Poor nutrition, malnutrition
    9. Others as well exist such as some metabolic diseases

    Here are the more common symptoms of cirrhosis of the liver; (Everyone is different and some people experience no symptoms at all while for others the disease is fatal with liver failure)

    1. Fatigue & Weakness
    2. Abdominal swelling
    3. Yellowing of skin and eyes (jaundice)
    4. Loss of appetite
    5. Weight Loss
    6. Nausea
    7. Small, red stringy blood vessels under your skin
    8. Palms of your hand turning red
    9. Itchy feeling over your whole body
    10. Swelling of legs, feet and other parts of body due to fluid retention or edema
    11. Vomiting blood
    12. Mental confusion
    13. Frequent bouts of indigestion

    So are you wondering how to avoid getting this disease? I thought you might so let’s look at that;

    1. Since alcohol abuse is the most common way to get cirrhosis of the liver it makes sense that you drink only in moderation as the first preventive step,
    2. Some of the ways that you might be exposed to hepatitis B or C are if your occupation exposes you to blood or blood products so be extra careful in these circumstances.
    3. You could also get a hepatitis B vaccine (though I’m not usually in favor of vaccines because of the harmful ingredients they usually have such as mercury).

    Let’s look now at some of the possible treatments for cirrhosis; You must realize that the treatment will depend on the cause of the problem in the first place.

    1. Abstaining from alcohol use especially if the issue was brought on by alcohol abuse in the first place. Either way, once you have cirrhosis of the liver further intake of alcohol will only make matters worse so avoid alcohol as much as possible.

    2. You can take supplements that build up your immune system to help counteract the effects of this disease.

    3. In severe cases a liver transplant may be necessary so hopefully you have caught your cirrhosis before things have become this serious.

    4. You must stop taking even over the counter medications that can affect your liver some of which are Tylenol / acetaminophen, some herbs and supplements can cause liver damage so it is critical that you discuss any herbs or supplements you plan on using with your doctor.

    5. NSAIDS also known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can also damage the liver and you should stop taking them.

    6. Dietary changes may also be necessary such as lowering the amount of salt in your diet. See other dietary suggestions below.

    7. Your doctor may prescribe many different drugs to treat the various symptoms of this disease, such as diuretics for the fluid retention as well as others for the bleeding from your veins and any other symptoms you may have.

    8. There are other treatments used in more severe cases such as liver transplant. Paracentesis or draining the fluid from your abdomen, re-routing blood from your liver as well as others. Hopefully your condition has not progressed this far.

    9. Diet – you should be eating a well-balanced diet that includes lots of fresh fruits, whole grains (note not whole wheat) and vegetables. Your doctor might recommend that you change the type of protein you eat from animal based to vegetable based and ask that you limit the amount of protein you consume as too much protein consumption can increase ammonia levels in your blood which can lead to major problems.

    To limit your salt intake you will want to avoid processed foods as these are usually very high in sodium. Stay away from canned soups, canned meats, cold cuts, fried foods, food with chemical additives and crackers as some examples.

    Shellfish can be contaminated with bacteria which you definitely want to avoid with cirrhosis so stay away from this type of food as well.

    The treatment of cirrhosis consists of cleansing and detoxifying the liver as well as helping to regenerate cells that have been lost to this condition. Here are some remedies for cirrhosis that you can discuss with your doctor.

    1. Milk Thistle – this herb has been proven in scientific studies to cleanse and detoxify the liver.
    2. Carrot Juice and Aloe Vera Juice – both are therapeutic for the liver.
    3. Globe Artichoke – reconditions your liver and increases the flow of bile.
    4. Gotu-Kola – detoxifies your body

    Look below for another resource written by a naturapath that can help you to help your liver heal itself.

    Be sure to post a comment about what worked for you or if you know of any other natural remedies not listed here please feel free to share them here with others who are part of our community. Thanks for sharing.

    Take the time to find the help and the natural treatment you need, and you’ll be able to get on with your life and enjoy it to the fullest. You deserve to be happy and healthy and pain-free.

    To Your Optimal Health,
    Chris

     

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