Hepatitis – the enemy of a living liver

The 28th of July is World Hepatitis Day and I am taking this opportunity to supply basic information on the disease and give you some keys to ideal liver health.

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. The condition can be self-limiting or can progress to fibrosis (scarring), cirrhosis or liver disease or cancer. Hepatitis viruses are the most common cause of hepatitis in the world but other infections, toxic substances (e.g. alcohol, certain drugs), and autoimmune diseases can also cause hepatitis.

There are 5 main hepatitis viruses, referred to as types A, B, C, D and E. These 5 types are of greatest concern because of the burden of illness and death they cause and the potential for outbreaks and epidemic spread. In particular, types B and C lead to chronic disease in hundreds of millions of people and, together, are the most common cause of liver cirrhosis and cancer.

Hepatitis A and E are typically caused by ingestion of contaminated food or water. Hepatitis B, C and D usually occur as a result of contact with an infected body fluids. Common modes of transmission for these viruses include receipt of contaminated blood or blood products, invasive medical procedures using contaminated equipment and for hepatitis B transmission from mother to baby at birth, from family member to child, and also by sexual contact.

Acute infection may occur with limited or no symptoms or may include symptoms such as jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), dark urine, extreme fatigue, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

Q: How then, does one take care of their liver and insure they keep Hepatitis at bay?

A: The first step that you must take is cleaning your liver by: Removing toxic foods from your diet; drink raw vegetable juice; load up on potassium-rich foods, use a cannabis suppository; take milk thistle and turmeric supplements (more available on our shop); detoxing the liver from heavy metals (Coriander Oil, Nigella Sativa Oil);

These first steps reiterate that good health does begin in the kitchen. If you don’t make an active effort to critique all the foods you eat, you will constantly be playing catch up when it comes to health.

Too much refined sugar and high-fructose corn syrup causes a fatty build-up that can lead to liver disease. Some studies show that sugar can be as damaging to the liver as alcohol, even if you’re not overweight. It’s one more reason to limit foods with added sugars, such as soft drinks, pastries, and sweets.

I advise that you do your own research and use your specific information to measure where you are in liver health. Educate yourself so you can be empowered to take your health into your own hands whilst you still can.

 

Sources:

http://www.who.int/features/qa/76/en/

http://draxe.com/liver-cleanse/

https://www.webmd.com/hepatitis/ss/slideshow-surprising-liver-damage

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