The liver might look like a small organ, but it plays a major role in supporting metabolism, digestion, immunity and detoxification. There are times when we ignore it, and it results in a liver disease. According to National Library of Medicine, liver problems account for about two million deaths per year across the globe. While one million deaths are due to complications of cirrhosis, the other million is because of hepatocellular carcinoma and viral hepatitis. So, on World Liver Day, which is observed on April 19 to raise awareness regarding liver-related diseases, let’s focus on trying out yoga poses to detoxify liver.
Health Shots reached out to global leading holistic health guru and corporate life coach Dr Mickey Mehta to know about the right yoga asanas for healthy liver. He that liver is the general manager of your energy and your overall day-to-day running. If your liver gets clogged, full of toxins, unhealthy, and sluggish, your energy levels will certainly be poor.
Yoga asanas to detox liver
Eating the right food, avoiding alcohol and maintaining a regular exercise routine are non-negotiable for good liver health. But there are some yoga poses that can help your liver to stay healthy.Here are some of the asanas!
• Sit in Vajrasana, make a fist of both your hands, and place it on either side of the belly.
• Take a deep breath and as you breathe out bend forward, and stay in that position for 10 seconds.
• Breathe in then come up.
• Lie down flat and breathe out completely.
• Fold your legs, and bring it towards your chest.
• Try to lift your head as much as you can and hold the pose for 10 to 20 seconds.
• Breathe in and then relax for some time.
• With your legs straight in front of you, sit upright.
• Inhale and raise your arms sideways at your shoulder level. They should be parallel to the ground.
• Continue to inhale and raise your arms further up vertically. Your biceps should touch your ears. Stretch the trunk from the coccyx region.
• Now turn your palms forward and stretch yourself high upwards like a rising sun.
• As you exhale, bend the trunk forward from your lower back.
• Contracting your abdominal cavity, form hooks of index fingers and catch hold of the big toes.
• Gradually, bend your back further forward from the lumbar-sacral region so that the trunk is stretched along your thighs. Try resting your face on your knees while doing so. Stay in this position for about a minute with normal breathing and then come back to the original position.
• Come up and breathe out your negative emotions.
• Lie down on your mat, with your arms on the sides and fingers stretched towards your toes. Your feet should be together.
• Inhale and as you exhale, lift your upper body and bend your knee. While doing so, stretch your arms towards your feet.
• Slowly try to straighten your legs and feel the stretch in your stomach area and balance your body entirely on your buttocks.
• Make sure your toes, eyes and fingers are in one line then gold your breath and remain in this position for 10 seconds.
• Exhale slowly and bring your legs followed by the upper body down and then relax.
5. Adho mukha shvanasana
• Sit in Vajrasana and keep your hands in front of you.
• While exhaling, raise your buttocks and push your head down until your heels touch the ground. You should do this without shifting the position of your hands and feet.
• Hold it for some time, inhale, and then slowly come back.
Dr Mehta says that along with yoga, healthy eating plays a big part in the cleansing process of the liver. You should eat food which will help to improve your liver health and not be a burden on it. So, go for vegetables, fruits nuts and seeds rather than junk food.