What kind of physical activity should be avoided during jaundice?

Jaundice is the most common liver disorder and is characterized by the yellowing of the eyes and skin. The liver processes bilirubin and converts it into bile which is a vital digestive fluid. In patients suffering from jaundice, the liver ceases its bile production leading to elevated levels of bilirubin in the bloodstream. As the body does not produce bile, the digestion of food is slower and a patient may experience various mild stomach disorders like loose motions, nausea and vomiting. The liver is responsible for the proper disposal of toxins as well as the control of enzymes that control the various systems (circulatory, digestive, etc.) in the body. As jaundice affects the liver, it also disrupts the various functions that are dependent on the liver. This leaves the patient weak and fatigued.

Jaundice severely weakens the patient's immune system as it causes fever, headaches, nausea, loss of appetite and constipation. This severely weakens the individual leaving him vulnerable to other infections and diseases. All these symptoms are aggravated by strenuous activity or exertion. For this reason, jaundice patients are advised to refrain from any unnecessary physical activity and in severe cases, complete bed rest might be necessary. In most cases, however, extremely light exercise in the form of a small stroll after meals can be beneficial as this helps to combat fatigue and lethargy. In recent years, yoga has been gaining recognition as it requires very little energy and combats both the physical as well as the mental stress associated with jaundice. Activities like swimming, dancing and aerobics are extremely strenuous and should be avoided at all costs. Walking (even strolling) for extended periods of time can leave you exhausted and is discouraged.

A proper diet and rest is the best treatment for jaundice, in conjunction with your prescribed treatment. A juice fast for the first few days will help a lot. Orange, grapes, pear, lemon, carrot, beet and sugarcane are good choices. Follow the juice fast with a fruit diet for the next few days. Have at least three meals a day of fresh raw fruits. Some fruits that you should consider including in the diet are apples, grapes, oranges, pears and pineapple. Even during and soon after the recovery period you should stick to a diet comprising largely of fruits and leafy vegetables. Pulses and legumes can also be gradually introduced into your diet. Alcohol and fatty or oily foods, including butter, cream and all junk foods must be avoided completely. Your liver has great regenerative capabilities, provided you receive the required nourishment.

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