Alcoholic liver damage or alcoholic liver disease is liver damage due to alcohol abuse. When you drink alcohol, your liver breaks it down so it can be flushed out from your body. If you consume more alcohol than your liver can handle, the resulting imbalance can damage your liver by interfering with its normal breakdown of fats, carbohydrates and proteins. Symptoms usually manifest during the advanced stages of alcoholic liver disease. Common symptoms include mental confusion, ascites (fluid accumulated in the abdomen), excessive thirst, fever and fatigue. By employing all the remedies below, you can effectively reverse alcoholic liver damage.
Stay away from chemicals that can harm your liver. These include alcoholic drinks, illegal drugs and cigarette smoking (including second-hand smoke). These toxins can harm your liver, preventing it from absorbing the nutrients from the food you digest. Malabsorption can quicken damage to your liver, preventing reversal of alcoholic liver damage.
Maintain a healthy body weight. Losing weight and eating healthfully can reverse alcoholic liver damage. Avoid sugary foods high in saturated fat, fried foods, salty meats and canned foods. Drink water and fruit juices instead of sodas. Also, consume more green vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, green beans and celery every day.
Take an herbal supplement that can nourish your liver. Herbs such as milk thistle can help quicken the rate of liver cell regeneration. Take milk thistle in capsule form. The recommended dosage is one 380 mg capsule once daily.
Take ginger root tablets. Ginger contains a powerful substance called 6-gingerol which protects your liver against alcohol damage. It also prevents fat from building up in your liver and improves the digestion of foods. Take one 500 mg capsule once daily. You can also add ginger to your food every day for maximum benefit.
Do cardiovascular exercises for at least one hour every day. Regular exercise can reverse alcoholic liver damage by increasing the blood flow to your liver, enabling it to regenerate faster. Exercise can also prevent fat build up in your liver. Examples of cardiovascular exercises include running, jumping rope and aerobics.
Tips & Warnings
- You must consult your physician before embarking on self treatments for alcoholic liver disease.
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