Ayurvedic habits for a healthy liver
Liver and hormone regulation
- Vitamins play a major role in Thyroid regulation. Scientific studies show that in patients with diagnosed hyperthyroidism, the liver is empty of vitamin B1 and vitamin A. Parathyroid hormone has a close relationship with the vitamin D. It is shown as well that in patients with diagnosed hypothyroidism, there is a tendency to accumulate fat, which comes from a weakened liver.
- Low levels of vitamin D are correlated with low levels of AMH, which is also associated with a decrease in the ovarian reserve and an increase in FSH at an early stage of the cycle and, thus, is a significant reduction in fertility. Liver disease is strongly linked to vitamin D deficiency.
- The metabolism of estrogens mainly occurs in the liver. Thus, diseases related to estrogen accumulation: endometriosis, risk factor breast cancer, etc are intimately related to liver function.
- Vitamin C, B vitamins such as B1 (thiamine), B5 (pantethine), and B12 all directly affect your adrenal glands’ cortisol response to stress.
Liver lights up the fire of Pitta DoshaThe liver is an emotional seat of fiery emotions such as anger, envy, dissatisfaction, impatience, jealousy and frustration. The liver is ruled by Pitta, the Dosha that leads metabolism and transformation. Pitta is formed by fire and water, with which the qualities of the liver will be “hot”, “penetrating” and “liquid”. When we get angry, internal fire breaks out and our body tries to stop the fire by flooding ourselves with wáter. In fact, the liver is an important reservoir of water and regulates its excretion. Fluid retention may indicate liver weakness.
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- Excess generation of heat in the body.
- Acid reflux, gas, indigestion.
- Anger & irritability.
- Bad breath.
- Body odor.
- Excessive sweating.
- Skin and eyes that appear yellowish
- Swelling in the legs and ankles.
- Itchy skin.
Ayurvedic home remedy for a healthy liver
“Bitter for liver”Bitterness activates the digestive hormone gastrin. The “proof” that nasty tasting medicine can be good for you! According to Ayurveda, bitter and astringent flavors purify and balance pitta. Green vegetables, vegetable broths, coconut, aloe vera and some spices such as ginger, turmeric, parsley and coriander are wonderful for a liver cleanse. Avoid dairies (cheese too, avoid it), fried food, saturated fats, red meat, alcohol, tobacco and everything that is processed. Some plants also are predominant in bitter taste such as Guduchi or Katuki (piccorhiza kurroa) that balance pitta and are indicated to improve liver function. Ayurvedic massages are an excellent tool for cleaning and regeneration.
Mediterranean remedy for your liver
Ingredients:Dandelion leaves (Taraxacum officinalis), Artichoke leaves (Cynara scolymus), marigold flowers (calendula officinalis).
Preparation:1 small spoonful (5g) of the mixture of all the mentioned plants in equal parts per cup, take 2 or 3 cups a day. You can either prepare a maceration tea (leave overnight in maceration at room temperature) or a tea (boil the water and with the extinguished fire add the mixture and let stand 10 minutes). Strain and drink before breakfast or on empty stomach.