What causes cirrhosis?
There are different causes of cirrhosis, but the most common are drinking too much alcohol and hepatitis C infections.
Consuming too much alcohol can damage the liver’s cells. People who consume excessive amounts of alcohol are at greater risk of developing cirrhosis. This disease usually occurs after 10 or more years of heavy drinking. For women, heavy drinking can be more dangerous. They are more at risk for liver cell damage than men, partially because of their different body size and build.
Heavy drinkers who do not quit consuming alcohol develop cirrhosis in three stages:
”Fatty liver” is the first stage which is developed in almost all heavy drinkers. It disappears when drinking less.
Alcoholic hepatitis is the second stage of this alcohol-related liver disease. It is developed in around 20-30% of heavy drinkers. It is the stage when the liver gets inflamed. The most extreme form of this stage is liver failure, which can cause death.
Cirrhosis is the third stage and around 10% of excessive alcohol drinkers develop it.
Hepatitis is liver inflammation, which if untreated, can damage the liver and lead to cirrhosis.
Symptoms of Cirrhosis
In the early stage of this disease, there are few symptoms. When the liver becomes more damaged, obvious problems occur.
These are some of the cirrhosis symptoms:
- Appetite loss
- Nausea and vomiting
- Blood capillaries on the skin above waist level
- Weight loss
- Yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes
- Bleeding and bruising more easily
- Hair loss
- Swollen legs, ankles, feet and abdomen
- Memory loss
- Changes in personality
The later stages of cirrhosis include vomiting blood or having black stools.
Diet Remedies for the 1st Stage of the Liver Disease – Fatty Liver
Things to avoid:
Avoid consuming refined flour and sugar, white bread, sodas, pastries, and other processed or refined foods. These foods are bad carbohydrates and get converted into triglycerides, the fat type that collects into liver.
Bad fat – saturated fats and trans fats. Avoid meats that are high fat, such as beef, lamb, pork, chicken with skin, whole fat dairy products, cheese, putter, ice cream, lard, etc. also, consume less pastries, cookies, muffins, cakes, doughnuts, crackers, chips, fried foods, candy bars, etc.
Salt and sugar – start using seasoning that is healthier, like lemon juice or vinegar and limit the salt consumption. Instead sugar, use organic honey.
What to consume:
Consume more unprocessed or least processed whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and beans. Also, it is good to have good fats – monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Buy cold pressed oil for cooking and oils that include omega 3 fatty acids.
Healthy spices – turmeric and cumin are good spices to be used while cooking. They are great in healing fatty liver conditions.
Additionally, if being overweight, it can be life-threatening. Decrease your weight and exercise regularly, at least 30 minutes every day.
Natural Home Remedies for the 2nd Stage of the Liver Disease – Hepatitis
1. Remedy with carom cumin seed
- 1 teaspoon of carom seeds
- 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
- A pinch of rock salt
Dry roast the two types of seeds and then ground them to get a powder.
Next, mix them well and add the rock salt. Then, mix the ingredients again.
Consume this spice mixture twice daily. Swallow them with water.
2. Remedy with licorice and honey
- 1 tablespoon of licorice powder
- 2 teaspoons of honey
Mix well the two ingredients and consume it every day till you get rid of hepatitis.
Peel and chew 2 garlic cloves on an empty stomach in the morning every day. Also, add crushed garlic into your dishes.
Natural Home Remedies for the 3rd stage of the Liver Disease – Cirrhosis
1. Remedy with papaya seeds and lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon of crushed papaya seeds
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
Extract the juice from the crushed papaya seeds. Mix the lemon juice and the crushed papaya seeds juice. Consume it two times a day for a month.
- 1 glass of buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds powder
Mix the ingredients and drink it every day.
3. Remedy with lemon and salt
- 1 glass of water
- Half lemon
- 1 teaspoon of salt
Put the juice of the half lemon and the salt in the glass of water and mix well. Drink this salty lemon juice three times daily.
4. Remedy with carrot and spinach
- 1 carrot
- A few spinach leaves
After you wash the spinach, chop it. Soak the spinach in water for few minutes. Then take it out and after you throw away the water, repeat the procedure once more. Make sure you discard the soil and dust in the spinach leaves.
Grind the spinach and carrot and extract their juice. Drink the juice every day.
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