One of the ways to tell if you have a liver problem is the yellow color in your eyes, insomnia, constipation and chronic fatigue.
Healthy warm tonic drink for liver and eyes: add a pinch of ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, roobois tea, lemon, pineapple to your favorite drink or soup.
Statistics: Average age of cataract patient is between 65 and 70 with 12% of global population is age 60 or older. There are nearly 22 million cataract surgeries performed globally in 2013.
In addition to age, other factors may increase the risk of cataract development. These include:
• Overexposure to sunlight (protect your eyes with sunglasses or hats)
• Certain medications, such as steroids
The liver is our body’s most important organ after the heart, performing many important functions including metabolism, detoxification, and formation of important compounds including blood clotting factors. It also filters, regulates, and stores blood. Stress, poor diet, and over-medication are common problems in our “civilized” lifestyle. These may lead to stress and functional damage to the liver. As a result, “sluggish” liver has become a common ailment. It may affect memory, sleep, thyroid, body weight, and other body functions.
Both estrogen and androgen stimulate cell division. Elevated levels of these hormones may lead to abnormal cell growth such as womens’ uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, breast cysts, and breast cancer or mens’ prostate enlargement and prostate cancer.
Since the liver is the principal organ which removes these hormones, its failure to remove them efficiently often leads to their accumulation in the body and is a major cause of the above diseases.
Liver health is related to eye health
The eye and brain cells are especially affected because the blood has to flow against gravity to reach them.
In an article on Alzheimer disease in the January 1988 issue of the Mayo Clinic Health Letter, malfunction of the liver and kidneys was mentioned as one of the causes leading to Alzheimer disease.
Brain tumour, which physically blocks blood flow to the brain, was also cited as one of the causes.
The brain is only 2% of our body weight, yet it needs 20% of our oxygen supply. If the toxin-loaded blood from a weak liver has limited capacity to carry oxygen, the brain cells are affected most.
The liver is the most important organ after the heart. It performs hundreds of functions including:
• Circulation: transfer of blood from portal to systemic circulation, activity of the liver’s reticulo-endothelial system (kupffer cells) in the immune system. The liver stores and regulates the blood and is responsible for nourishing every cell in our body. Every part of the body depends on blood from the liver for nourishment and sustenance.
• Excretion: formation and secretion of bile for digestion and cleansing of blood; removal of ammonia from blood; excretion of substances filtered from the blood by the liver such as heavy metals or dyes.
• Metabolism: carbohydrate, protein, lipid (fat), mineral and vitamin metabolism; manufacturing and storage of many nutrients such as glucose and vitamins; production of heat through metabolism.
• Protection and detoxification: removal of foreign bodies from the blood (phagocytosis); detoxification by conjugation, methylation, oxidation and reduction.
• Production; formation of urea, serum albumin, glycogen and blood coagulating proteins such as prothrombin, fibrinogen and heparin; erythrocyte (red blood cells) destruction.
• Regulation of hormones: inactivation and elimination of hormones through the bile or urine. Since estrogen and androgen are both growth hormones which stimulate cell division, elevation of their levels in the blood due to the liver’s failure to remove them efficiently can cause their accumulation in tissue. This in turn may lead to abnormal growths such as uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, breast cysts and breast cancer, prostate enlargement or prostate cancer. Excessive estrogen is also the most common cause of painful menstruations.
The liver also regulates body functions which affect emotional and mental activities. In a diseased condition, the liver’s blood storage and regulatory functions are affected and bleeding or clots can result.
When liver blood is deficient, nourishment to tendons and blood vessels is curtailed, the joints become stiff, and muscles become spasmodic and numb. Blood deficiency in the liver may even lead to stroke, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, deafness, fainting or convulsion. When the liver blood is so deficient that it cannot nourish the eyes, night blindness or blurring may result. If the liver is affected by stress or unhappy feelings, its vitality may be repressed and the sides hurt, and hiccups or hernia may develop. The bowels may become constipated and sleep may be disturbed causing nightmare or insomnia.
Turmeric is used to cleanse, protect and support liver function. The liver is said to release toxins by creating bile. Turmeric is reported to increase the production of bile. It is used in Eastern medicine as a blood purifier and to promote a healthy digestive system. Turmeric is believed to protect the liver from harmful toxins in the same way that milk thistle can. It is also believed to be one of the strongest anti-inflammatory spices.
Yellow dock is used in Eastern medicine to cleanse the body of toxins by cleansing and rejuvenating the liver and supporting a healthy digestive system. It is used to treat liver conditions such as jaundice and hepatitis. It is known as a blood cleanser and is also used to stimulate the production of bile. Yellow dock is also reported to help with treating a variety of skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
Gentian is a bitter herb that has been used as liver tonic and digestion aid for centuries in the east. It is reported to increase the production of bile and act as a stimulant for the liver to function well and the digestion system to work efficiently. It is used as a blood cleanser and is also used to improve circulation. It is also believed to be able to protect the liver from being affected by viruses.
Cataracts are a common age-related vision problem. About 22 million Americans age 40 and older have cataracts, and the older a person gets the greater the risk for developing cataracts. Women are more likely to develop cataracts than men, and African-Americans and Hispanic Americans are at particularly high risk.
During the early stages, cataracts may have little effect on vision. Symptoms vary due to the location of the cataract in the eye (nuclear, cortical, or posterior subcapsular). Depending on the type and extent of the cataract, patients may experience the following symptoms:
• Cloudy vision
• Double or blurry vision
• Glare and sensitivity to bright lights
• Colors appear faded
• Difficulty reading due to reduced black-white contrast
• Difficulty driving at night
Source: Cataracts | University of Maryland Medical Center http://umm.edu/health/medical/reports/articles/cataracts#ixzz2Z93JhN65
University of Maryland Medical Center