The Liver or Yakrit is a vital organ for chayapachaya (metabolism) of consumed food.
Yakrit, the seat of Pitta dosha (made of fire and water) hosts the five bhutagnis or the digestive fires of the body. Hence, when the liver (pitta dosha) is imbalanced, problems related to digestion, metabolism, skin inflammation and blood diseases may arise.
The Yakrit converts Rasa Dhatu (clear plasma) to Rakta Dhatu (blood tissue), identifying ama (toxins) in the Rasa Dhatu and store them so they don’t enter the blood.
However, when toxins do accumulate in the liver, it can give rise to diseases related to the liver. One of the most common ones being, fatty liver disease.
Fatty liver disease is of two kinds.
● Alcoholic fatty liver disease or alcoholic steatohepatitis (due to over-consumption of alcohol)
● Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease or non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (due to the disruption of fat metabolism in the body)
What is fatty liver?
Fatty liver disease or steatosis is the buildup of excessive fat from the food we eat (more than 5 – 10% of the liver’s weight) in the liver cells. Fatty liver is dangerous only when the excess fat leads to inflammation of the liver (steatohepatitis).
Causes of fatty liver disease
When the yakrit or liver fails to process fats as it normally should, excess fat tends to accumulate. Conditions like obesity, diabetes, alcohol abuse, rapid weight loss or malnutrition increases the risk of fatty liver. Although, people without these conditions might also be at risk.
While all cases do not progress into worse conditions, you should keep regular check of how your body processes the food you take.
The ayurvedic remedy for fatty liver involves some simple steps:
● Limit or avoid alcoholic beverages
● Reduce the intake of sugars and saturated fats
● Exercise daily
● Take a balanced diet – with more fibre
● Avoid deep fried food
● Increase physical activity
● The use of ayurvedic herbs