The liver is enlarged, what to do?
Enlargement of the liver is not an independent disease. As a rule, if there are any problems in the body, the liver is enlarged. What to do in this situation? First of all, for the treatment of this disease, it is necessary to correctly diagnose a disease that causes an increase in the liver. After that, it will be possible to take a number of measures to return the liver to its normal state. First, you should find out why the liver is enlarged.
Causes of liver enlargement
By itself, the liver accumulates fatty surpluses for further use in the "construction" of the synthesis of hormones and enzymes that control the body's metabolism. So fat accumulations are free fatty acids, which are a strategic reserve for the normal functioning of the entire human body. The mechanism of fat accumulation in the liver develops differently in different categories of patients and carries various painful causes. An enlarged liver of an alcohol abuser uses fats to protect liver cells from intoxication.In women on a strict diet, the cause of liver obesity is to create a reserve of fats necessary for the body’s vital functions. Also obese liver suffer lovers to eat.
The liver is enlarged, and this is a direct sign of its disease. It is also worth noting that quite often in patients with this organ can have normal or even reduced size. Often, an enlarged liver is not accompanied by any special symptoms, but its noticeable increase causes a certain discomfort in the abdomen. The feeling of pain in palpation may be present with an accelerated enlargement of the liver. If the liver is enlarged from fatty infiltration, acute hepatitis, or accumulation of blood, then it will feel soft to the touch. Cirrhosis of the liver, on the contrary, is characterized by a solid and irregular liver. Distinct nodes are a signal of a malignant tumor. A pain in the right hypochondrium, heartburn, bitter taste in the mouth, weakness and fatigue are symptoms of impaired liver function.
An enlarged liver is best treated with a complex effect on it.This means that the use of any medication should be combined with a diet. Of course, the first thing to do is eliminate the disease itself, which entailed an enlarged liver. In case of drug treatment, doctors usually prescribe hepatoprotectors (Hep-mertz, Essentiale, Heptral). Medical nutrition is characterized by a full-fledged calorie diet, but always with a restriction of fat and hard-to-absorb carbohydrates. Meals should be taken in small portions 5-6 times a day.
Diet with an enlarged liver
All consumed food must be steamed, boiled and baked in the oven. Should be completely excluded from your diet fried foods. The amount of consumed fat should be limited to 70 grams per day. Do not eat products from pastry, as well as bread and sweets. In addition, from the diet you need to exclude all fatty meats, fish, canned, smoked meats, sharp cheeses, legumes. It is necessary to include boiled and fresh vegetables, buckwheat, rice and semolina porridge, fish in boiled form, lean meat, steamed protein omelets.
And how to treat an enlarged liver according to popular recipes? To get rid of this ailment, the following recipe perfectly helps: We need to take 100 grams each:
- dandelion root,
- chicory root,
- peony root.
Mix all these herbs, put them in a metal container and pour 3 cups of cold water. Then you need to put it on a quiet fire and leave to boil with the lid closed for 30 minutes. After that, you need to turn off the heat and insist broth for another 30 minutes. The resulting liquid should be filtered through cheesecloth and taken throughout the day.