What is it?
Cirrhosis develops when the liver is permanently damaged and scar tissue replaces healthy tissue.
Cirrhosis develops over many years, eventually preventing the liver from functioning properly.
If cirrhosis becomes so serious it causes the liver to fail, it can be life-threatening.
What are the symptoms?
Some of the common signs and symptoms of cirrhosis and other forms of liver disease include: * Lack of energy, or fatigue. * Loss of appetite. * Jaundice symptoms including skin and eyes that appear yellow. * Digestive issues like nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and cramping. * Cognitive issues like confusion, disorientation, and mood or personality changes. * Swelling in the legs and ankles. * Skin problems like feeling itchy. * Urine that’s dark in color (brown or yellow). * Pale or dark tar-colored stool. * Chronic fatigue syndrome. * Changes in weight, usually loss due to less appetite. * Tendency to bruise the skin easily.
1. Clean your liver: To keep your liver properly filtering toxins from the food, water, and air you come into contact with, here’s a list of some specific foods that can help - dark green, leafy vegetables, steamed and raw vegetables, or drinking vegetable juices, citrus fruits, sweet potatoes, bananas, avocados (great sources of potassium), dandelion root tea, burdock root, black seed oil, fresh squeezed lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil, raw apple cider vinegar, beef liver and other organ meats. 2. Maintain a healthy weight: Liver disease that’s associated with obesity is now the most prevalent liver disease in Western countries. Obesity can cause nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and is related to a dramatically higher risk for developing other liver problems, too, in some cases. 3. Use Supplements: Supplements, herbs and spices including milk thistle seed (tea or extract), turmeric (spice or tablet), ginger, “superfoods” including spirulina, chlorella, and wheatgrass, probiotic foods and supplements can help produce proper bile and enzymes, soothe the digestive tract, reduce intestinal gas, and lower inflammation.
- 1. Do not take processed and junk foods.
- 2. Do not include animal protein in the diet.
- 3. Avoid constipation to avoid a buildup of toxins that may circulate back to the liver.
- 4. Do not smoke and drink alcohol.
- 5. Reduce salt and protein intake.
Things to watch out for
See your GP if you think you may have cirrhosis. If your GP suspects cirrhosis, they’ll check your medical history and carry out a physical examination to look for signs of long-term liver disease.