Are your skin, eyes, and gums turning yellow? And you’re also suffering from fever, nausea, fatigue, and unwanted weight loss? Do not ignore these symptoms! Might be you are suffering from jaundice!
Jaundice is a condition in which excessive amounts of bilirubin (a yellow pigment released during the breakdown of red blood cells) gets accumulated in the blood. It leads to the yellowing of the skin, eyes, gums, and urine. If left unattended, this condition can affect your liver adversely. It is the liver that filters bilirubin out of the blood, so jaundice can be a sign of improper liver function or liver failure.
Fortunately, you can overcome this condition by incorporating some dietary and lifestyle changes in conjunction with medication.
What to eat in jaundice?
Here are some of the dietary modifications that can help fast recovery from jaundice:
Eat fresh fruits and vegetables packed with digestive enzymes such as orange, lemon, avocado, apple, pineapple, papaya, mango, green leafy vegetables, garlic, beetroot, carrot, among all. These help in reducing bilirubin levels and curing jaundice. Fermented foods like kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi etc., are also rich in digestive enzymes that improve liver function.
Drink at least 8 to 12 glasses of purified or boiled water. It will help remove the excess bile produced by the liver while suffering from jaundice.
Include milk thistle in your diet. It a herb (rich in antioxidants and contains silymarin) that helps in repairing damaged liver cells and clears toxins from the body. Include it in your salads, snacks or consume it by brewing it as a herbal tea for optimum results. But, in special cases like pregnancy, breastfeeding, or if you are on prescribed medication, better consult a doctor before opting for milk thistle.
Have more fibers, particularly soluble fibers. Eating high-fiber food such as whole grains, oatmeal, almonds, brown rice, quinoa etc., at each meal helps in removing excess bile from the liver and reducing toxicity.
Stop consuming fried, oily, fast foods, and non-vegetarian food as these are packed with saturated and trans fat, which are difficult to digest and can aggravate jaundice and other liver failure conditions.
Say no to packaged foods such as canned or smoked foods, especially deli meats, raw fish, shellfish, and canned vegetables. These contain high amounts of salt and preservatives, which can dehydrate the body and put stress on liver function.
Avoid alcohol and tobacco completely. The toxic effect of alcohol and tobacco cause chronic inflammation of the liver and reduce liver function, thus aggravates jaundice.
Restrict intake of refined carbohydrates such as white bread, pasta, soda, and baked foods, as all these contain high amounts of refined sugar. And consuming too much sugar can also build up fat in the liver.
Lifestyle modifications to deal with jaundice
You can recover fast from jaundice by following the lifestyle changes listed below:
Sujatha has a master's degree in biotechnology. She started her career as a technical editor and is now into content editing and writing. She is a blogger and also writes articles covering all kinds of health topics.
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