Flaxseed assists with jaundice recovery.

Flaxseed assists with jaundice recovery.

Do you have the tell-tale signs of jaundice – yellow skin, yellow whites of the eyes and yellow gums? This is due to a buildup of a pigment called bilirubin in the blood. This yellow-tinted pigment is released every time your liver breaks down red cells. When all is well with your body, the liver filters bilirubin out of your blood, but when you have liver disease, this filter does not function properly and manifests as a yellowish skin tint. Bilirubin blood levels of 2 to 3 milligrams per deciliter or higher will cause your skin to turn yellow.

How Diet Assists With Jaundice Recovery

During digestion, the liver produces bile that helps our intestine break down fast, and it also produces enzymes necessary for metabolizing most digested nutrients, toxins and medications. Some foods, like salts, refined sugars, and saturated fat are more difficult to digest than others. Alcohol and drugs can also damage liver cells and inhibit proper metabolism. The idea is to eat foods that don’t stress the liver out, which adopting a diet that is easy on both the digestive process and your metabolism.

Foods that stress the liver out and that are to be avoided if you have jaundice are:

Alcohol – Alcohol is toxic to most body tissues and can cause chronic inflammation and reduced liver function.

White Foods (Refined Carbohydrates) – Stay away from sugar, carbonated sodas, white bread, pasta, and baked goods.

Canned and Packaged Foods – Canned and packaged foods tend to be high in preservatives that are forms of salt such as nitrates and sulfates that stress out the liver.

Smoked Foods – Canned fish and deli meats are far too high in sodium to be healthy for your liver.

Saturated and Trans Fats – All kinds of foods contain fats that challenge liver function, including fried foods, oily foods, and many dairy products. Cheeses, whole milk, and full-fat yogurts contain high levels of saturated fats.

Raw or undercooked fish – These can contain toxins and parasites that can damage the liver and other organs.

Red meat – Red meat is nutritious but is a challenge to metabolize if your liver is compromised by the conditions that cause jaundice.

Foods That Are Beneficial for Liver Consumption

Some foods assist with liver function and that can help reverse and limit liver damage during the processes of metabolism and digestion.

Fruits – blueberries, grapes, cranberries, lemons, limes, grapefruit, papaya and melons

Vegetables – pumpkins, sweet potatoes, yams, avocados, olives, tomatoes, carrots, beets, turnips broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, collard greens, ginger, garlic

Whole grains – Flax, oatmeal

Nuts – Almonds, walnut

Lean proteins – Salmon, mackerel, chicken, turkey

Finally, if you have compromised liver function then it is a good idea to drink at least 64 ounces of pure distilled or spring water a day as this helps the liver recover from jaundice. It not only helps ease digestion but helps the liver and kidneys flush out toxins.

Jaundice is just a symptom of a much more serious condition that could lead to liver failure so it is important to find out what it is causing the issue of yellowing skin in the first place. To find out more about how to diagnose and treat jaundice with lifestyle changes and other therapies.feel free to contact us here at our Toronto Office at (416)-656- 8100. We also have an office in Pickering, Ontario at (905)-427-0057. You can also email us at info@pinewoodhealth.ca and we would be happy to answer any question that you have about our holistic health services. A list of our services re on the Pinewood Natural Healthcare Centre website including natural cleanses, anti-aging therapies,Toronto weight loss, hypnotherapy, homeopathy, infrared blood analysis and more.


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