Yellowing of the skin is often caused by a condition called Jaundice. This condition requires medical attention. If left untreated it may develop into a hepatitis infection and cause liver problems in the future.
The colour changes due to Jaundice may occur anywhere on the body such as the soles of the skin and whites of the eyes. These colour changes occur due to excessive amounts of Bilirubin in the blood (hyperbilirubinemia). Hemoglobin (blood cell protein) is broken down into Bilirubin by the liver and spleen and eliminated from the body via the bile. An increase in circulating Bilirubin may be an indication of liver, gall bladder and spleen conditions.
Symptoms of jaundice
- Yellowing of the skin and other parts of the body such as the eyes, nails, hands, neck, face and torso.
- Chronic fever, fatigue and aching muscles
- Loss of appetite, halitosis and diarrhoea
- Nausea and vomiting
- Itchy skin
Some common causes of jaundice
- Liver Cirrhosis or Hepatitis
- Anemia – this form of Jaundice is known as Hemolytic Jaundice and occurs due to the excessive destruction of red blood cells in this condition.
- Gallstones can cause an obstruction of the bile duct which results in a build up of bilirubin
Diet tips for jaundice
- Have vegetable juices everyday which contains beetroot, carrot and tomato to help cleanse the blood, stimulate a liver cleanse and bind to Bilirubin
- Ensure you drink plenty of water (at least 2 litres/day) to support the liver.
- Squeeze some lemon juice into a warm glass of water when you wake up
to stimulate digestion and cleanse the system.
- Follow a gentle liver cleanse and alkaline diet
- Eat healthy and organic meals which avoid saturated fats and preservatives
Lifestyle factors for jaundice
- Avoid alcohol intake and simple sugars
- Follow a gentle cleanse regime
- Speak to a Healthcare practitioner who can guide you concerning this condition and tailor make a regime specific for your needs
Natural remedies for jaundice
- Some herbs that are often recommended by Herbalists to stimulate bile flow and remove excess amounts of Bilirubin are Blessed Thistle, Chickory, Chamomile, Dandelion, Gentian, Milk Thistle and Phyllanthus
- Digestive enzymes which contain the enzyme Betaine (beetroot) may be of benefit to reduce circulating Bilirubin
- Probiotics may be effective in helping to increase healthy gut flora and may improve the bodies ability to conjugate (bind) excess amounts of Bilirubin
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