JaundiceWhat is Jaundice?

Considered as the most common disorder of the liver, jaundice occurs whenever there is an obstruction in the bile duct.


This also occurs whenever the bile-producing liver cells lose their function. The liver can be found under the diaphragm and it has got so many functions.


It is important for the proper functioning of the hormones and also aids in synthesizing the tissue-building amino acids. The liver also breaks the proteins into sugar whenever the body would be needing it.


Lecithin, bile, cholesterol and blood albumin are produced by the liver too. The bile produced by the liver is essential in the digestion process.


Causes of Jaundice

  • When the bile ducts are obstructed, the bile becomes mixed with blood, resulting to the yellow colour of the skin.
  • Inflammation of the liver or hepatitis and gall stones are known to cause the obstruction of the bile ducts, hence the said conditions become indirect causes of jaundice as well.  It must be noted that if jaundice is caused by a virus, it could spread and create epidemics especially in overcrowded and dirty areas. Unsanitary surroundings, as well as through contaminated food and water.
  • Pernicious anaemia, tuberculosis, typhoid, yellow fever and malaria are also diseases that could wreak havoc to the liver, eventually causing jaundice.


Diagnosis, Signs and Symptoms of Jaundice

Some of the common symptoms of jaundice that you have to watch out for are the following:

  • Extreme weakness
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Severe constipation
  • Nausea
  • Yellow colour of the eyes, skin, tongue
  • Yellow urine


Remedies, Treatment and Cure for Jaundice

Treating jaundice would involve exercises and a diet therapy. If the condition has already worsened, recovery might be slow especially when there is obstruction in the bile ducts.


Helpful Lifestyle Suggestions

  • Do moderate exercises. Exercise brings about lots of benefits to the body.
  • Expose yourself to the morning and afternoon rays of the sun. Do not try to go out under the sun during midday especially from 10am-3pm. Morning rays of the sun are helpful in treating jaundice.


Diet for Jaundice

Following certain guidelines in order to have the proper nutrition is essential. Here are some nutrition guidelines that you can adhere to if you are suffering from jaundice.

  • Fast on fruit juices for a week. This would be very ideal when the acute symptoms of jaundice have already subsided. You can go for the juice of grapes, pear, beet, carrot, lemon and sugarcane. If the disease has already subsided, you can quit fasting on fruit juices and resume a healthy diet.
  • Taking 2 teaspoons lime juice mixed in a glass of warm water, when you wake up will be a healthy way to start your day.
  • Go for whole wheat bread and fruit for breakfast.
  • Opt for bake potato and other green leafy vegetables. Spinach and fenugreek are great foods for those who are recovering from jaundice.
  • Avoid fats. These include butter, oils, and creams.
  • Avoid foods that have a tendency to ferment in the gut. Examples are legumes.


Herbs for Jaundice

  • Green leaves of radish. This has been known to be an effective remedy for jaundice. You just need to pound the leaves, extract their juices using a cloth. A pound of radish-leaf juice is enough for an adult. This has been said to provide immediate relief to those who are suffering from jaundice. It helps create a better appetite and the right bowel movement. These would then result to the gradual treatment of the condition. Doing this for 8 to 10 days could lead to really good results.


Water Treatment

  • Drink lots of water with lemon juice. This could protect cells in the liver that have been damaged. You could alternate cold and hot compresses on the abdominal area.


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