New Delhi: Liver is the second largest organ of our body. It aids in the digestion of nutrients from food and beverages and cleanses our blood of dangerous toxins. Now, fatty liver, sometimes called hepatic steatosis, occurs when too much fat accumulates in the liver. Liver inflammation caused by excessive amounts of fat can damage the liver and leave scarring. In extreme circumstances, this scarring can lead to liver failure.
Causes of fatty liver:
One or more of the following factors may play a role in people who do not consume much alcohol and develop fatty liver disease:
- diabetes type 2
- insulin resistance
- high levels of fat in the blood, especially triglycerides
- metabolic syndrome
Other possible causes of fatty liver include:
- side effects from certain types of drugs
- certain types of infection, such as hepatitis C
- certain rare genetic conditions
Apart from medicines and proper diet plan, yoga is also beneficial to cure fatty liver. It may also help enhance liver health, reduce the risk of liver disease, and reduce symptoms of fatty liver. It can also detoxify your liver after it filters out toxins. Most treatment options will focus on treating only your liver. But besides helping your fatty liver, yoga has many other physical and psychological benefits.
Here are some asanas that can be tried if you are suffering from fatty liver:
1. Cobra Pose – Bhujangasana
Your abdominal organs, cardiovascular system and central nervous system all benefit greatly from cobra stance. Cobra posture will help relieve fatty liver by increasing hormonal, metabolic and insulin activity for a short period of time during a full stretch.
- Lie down on the front of your body.
- Keep your hands next to your chest.
- Press against the floor and lift your body up.
- Keep bending until you can look straight ahead, straighten your arms and your chest is facing forward.
- Keep your shoulders pressed.
- Keep the arch even with your spine, using your abdominal muscles to guide the arch to the spine.
- Make sure that your pelvis is not lifted off the floor.
- Hold the pose for 5-7 breaths.
2. sailing – near
Boating exercises also help your liver by supporting its detoxification process. Besides being useful for eliminating dangerous pollutants, this pose is one where the body is shaped like a boat. It is important for the health of the liver.
- For the practice of this asana, lie down in the posture of shavasana or lie straight on the back.
- Slowly join the heels and toes and keep both your hands close to the waist.
- Keep the palm and neck straight on the ground. Now raise both your legs as well as your neck and hands.
- In this process, put the entire weight of your body on your hips.
- After remaining in this state for about 30 seconds, slowly return to the state of Shavasana.
3. Plow pose – Halasana
A plow stance will help you reduce fatigue, increase metabolism and improve blood circulation. This pose also supports your liver to aid in its detoxification functions. Additionally, it improves cardiovascular functions, which are important for the functioning of your liver.
- Lie down on your back and keep your legs together.
- Raise your body and legs upwards, in a reverse upright posture.
- Balance the inverted posture on your shoulders and come into shoulder stand.
- Supporting your hips with your hands, bend your legs from your hips and slowly bring them above your head.
- Lower your legs completely, so that you can touch the floor above your head with your toes.
- Breathe continuously and maintain the pose for 5-7 breaths.
4. Pranayama Technique for Fatty Liver:
Both yoga positions and pranayama breathing techniques can help treat liver problems. Effective pranayamas to prevent depression, stress and anxiety include Kapalbhati and Bhastrika. Also, individuals who have liver cirrhosis, jaundice, hepatitis and other disorders can benefit from these by improving their liver health.
Overall Benefits of Yoga for Liver:
1. Facilitates lipid metabolism
2. Promotes Insulin Production
3. Helps Improve Hormonal Functions
4. Increases production of liver enzymes
5. Helps the liver in the filtration process
Check out the fitness equipment below-
Calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI)