Jaundice

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Description

Jaundice is a symptom of an underlying disease, disorder, or cause.
This can be a condition related to the obstruction of the bile duct caused by a gallstone (bile is produced in the liver and stored in the gall bladder), it may also result due to liver disease, or by excessive breakdown of red blood cells and pernicious anemia. Jaundice is characterised by a yellowing of the skin or the whites of the eyes because there is an excess of the pigment bilirubin in the blood.

Symptoms

Jaundice is a medical condition characterized by the yellowing of the skin, eyes, and mucous membranes due to an elevated level of bilirubin in the blood. Bilirubin is a yellow pigment produced during the breakdown of red blood cells. Here are the common symptoms associated with jaundice:

  1. Yellowing of the skin and eyes: The most recognizable symptom of jaundice is the yellow discoloration of the skin and the whites of the eyes. This occurs due to the buildup of bilirubin in the body.

  2. Pale stools: Jaundice can cause stools to appear pale or grayish due to reduced levels of bilirubin reaching the intestines.

  3. Dark urine: The urine may become dark or amber in color due to the presence of bilirubin.

  4. Fatigue and weakness: Individuals with jaundice may experience generalized fatigue, weakness, and a lack of energy.

  5. Abdominal pain: In some cases, jaundice can be associated with abdominal pain or discomfort, which may indicate an underlying liver condition.

  6. Itchy skin: Jaundice can cause itching, medically known as pruritus, due to the accumulation of bile salts in the skin.

  7. Nausea and vomiting: Some individuals with jaundice may experience symptoms of nausea and vomiting.

It’s important to note that jaundice itself is a symptom of an underlying condition rather than a standalone illness. The causes of jaundice can vary and include liver diseases (such as hepatitis or cirrhosis), gallstones, pancreatic disorders, blood disorders, or certain medications

Treatments

Because jaundice is a symptom of an underlying disease or disorder, the particular cause itself would need to be treated.

Nutrients and supplements:

1.Milk thistle and dandelion – for all liver conditions including jaundice and cirrhosis.

2. liver-heal Caps – for all liver disorders, jaundice, cirrhosis, and drug/alcohol-induced liver conditions.

3. Liver formula – for all liver disorders, jaundice, and cirrhosis.

4. Colostrum + – helps to improve immune function and protects the liver.

5. Vitamin B Complex – is required to maintain the health of the liver.

6. Methionine – traditionally used to protect the liver & cardiovascular system.

7. Buffered Vitamin C – helps to remove toxins from the body.

 

Causes

1. In obstructive jaundice, bile does not reach the intestine due to an obstruction or inflammation.
2. In haemolytic jaundice red cells are destroyed by heamolysis and bilirubin builds up
3. Hepatocellular jaundice is related to liver diseases such as hepatitis
4. Neonatal jaundice occurs in newborn infants resulting from a physiologically immature liver
5. Jaundice may on occasion be caused by a parasitic infestation such as hookworm, tapeworm, a mosquito or flea bite that carries a viral, bacterial, or parasitic infection

Underlying Emotions

Childhood abandonment traumas may have been experienced. There may be a pattern of attracting people that reject you, therefore there is a deep need to be acknowledged and loved. There may be a tendency to sabotage relationships for fear of being vulnerable and being rejected. External and internal prejudices.

Diet

In most cases, a balanced and nutritious diet is recommended to support liver function and promote overall health. Here are some general guidelines:

  1. Stay hydrated: Adequate hydration is essential for proper liver function and helps flush toxins from the body. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, and consider incorporating other hydrating beverages like herbal teas or diluted fruit juices.

  2. Consume a balanced diet: Focus on consuming a variety of nutrient-rich foods to support overall health. Include:

    • Fruits and vegetables: Opt for a wide range of colorful fruits and vegetables, as they are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Examples include berries, citrus fruits, leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, and carrots.

    • Whole grains: Choose whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, oats, and whole wheat bread, as they provide fiber and important nutrients.

    • Lean proteins: Include lean sources of protein such as poultry, fish, tofu, legumes, and nuts. Protein is necessary for the repair and regeneration of liver cells.

    • Healthy fats: Consume moderate amounts of healthy fats like avocados, nuts, seeds, and olive oil. Avoid or limit saturated and trans fats found in fried foods, processed snacks, and fatty meats.

    • Dairy or alternatives: If you tolerate dairy, choose low-fat options like skim milk, yogurt, or cottage cheese. Alternatively, opt for plant-based milk and yogurt alternatives fortified with calcium and vitamin D.

    • Limit sodium: Excessive sodium intake can contribute to fluid retention and worsen certain liver conditions. Avoid adding extra salt to your meals, and limit your consumption of processed and packaged foods that are high in sodium.

  3. Avoid alcohol: It’s crucial to completely avoid alcohol if you have jaundice, as it can further damage the liver and exacerbate symptoms.

  4. Small, frequent meals: Eating smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day can help reduce the burden on the liver and aid digestion. This approach may be beneficial if you have a reduced appetite or experience discomfort after eating.

  5. Consider vitamin supplementation: Depending on the severity of the underlying condition and your specific nutritional needs, your healthcare provider may recommend vitamin supplementation to address any deficiencies

Remedies

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