Your liver is one of your most hard-working organs. It’s constantly toiling away to remove harmful toxins from your body so that your whole system can work like a well-oiled machine.
Not only is your liver your built in, ultra effective toxin remover… it also performs more than 800 other important functions! In other words, your liver is MEGA important to your overall health and well-being.
Here are 10 tips to help you recognize when your liver is crying out for help:
Pain near the liver
Feeling an ache or pain in the upper right area of your abdomen is a sign that your liver might be in trouble. The American liver Foundation lists over 100 possible types of liver disease. Some of these are genetic while others are caused by harmful habits like alcohol consumption and drug use.
Fatty liver disease is one of the most common liver issues in many parts of the world, affecting about 25% of people globally… most of them without knowing it. And that number is steadily increasing!
If your liver isn’t functioning at 100%, you have ZERO chance of being healthy, says nutritionist Layla Jeffrey, author of The Fatty Liver Remedy. That’s because a fatty liver causes INFLAMMATION, which impairs your liver’s ability to carry out its 800+ jobs in your body.
One of the main causes is our diet. So, logically, the best way to avoid it is by changing our diet…
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The pain you can feel in your liver area is usually kind of dull but at times it can get pretty intense. Remember that the liver’s job isn’t only to detoxify and help the body filter out waste. It also plays a role in digesting food and nutritional products!
When your liver is affected by some disease, it can’t operate efficiently causing it to swell up painfully. This is the body’s way to signify that it’s full of toxins!
Swelling of legs and ankles
When you ignore the problem of a toxic liver it’ll try to repair itself at the cost of forming scar tissue. The more scar tissue there is the tougher it is for the liver to function.
This eventually leads to portal hypertension. This is basically high blood pressure in the veins of the liver and one of its effects is to cause fluid to build up in the legs. The official word for this condition is edema. It’s essentially painless. It can affect the legs calves or thighs, however the swelling is usually most visible in lower part of the body simply due to gravity.
If you experience weight gain that doesn’t seem to stem from overeating or hormone malfunction you might want to talk to your doctor about checking out your liver. What happens is the liver can’t deal with all the toxins coming in from alcohol, artificial sweeteners, a high-fat diet, certain medications and so on.
The solution it comes up with is to store the unfiltered toxins in your fat cells. Toxins stuck into fat cells will definitely not let you lose weight… unless you help your body cleanse the liver so it can get rid of those toxins firs.
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Loss of appetite
This one might sound like a dream if you want to lose weight but can’t resist all the sweet and fatty temptations around you. However, loss of appetite is no fun and no joke.
A disinterest in food accompanied by nausea and weight loss could be an early symptom of liver disease. It all starts with flu-like symptoms and only gets worse from there.
A liver that can’t work properly to flush out toxins will give you digestive distress. This can cause excessive and unexplained vomiting. If you have any of these symptoms do not hesitate to go to the doctors to find out the true reason!
Chronic bad breath
There are certain foods that are known for giving us pretty rank smelling breath. While garlic gives you transient bad breath that can easily be taken care of with some gum or a tic-tac, there are also more serious causes of this embarrassing symptom.
Chronic bad breath is obviously caused by problems in your mouth… right? Well yes and no.
Remember that the body is a complicated system. Everything is interconnected in some way or another. The bacteria from your mouth actually travel down into your digestive system and can cause problems with digestion and metabolism. Bad breath, in turn, could be a sign that something is wrong with your stomach or liver.
There is even a special scientific word for bad breath caused by liver disease… ‘fetor hepaticus’. Normally it comes before other symptoms of liver damage. So, it is really important that you don’t ignore it!
This one might surprise you but allergies are often the result of an overloaded and sluggish liver. When there are too many substances entering the bloodstream the brain sees them as allergens. It then releases antibodies and chemicals like histamine, which cause itchy rashes.
Just like chronic bad breath, itching normally comes before other more obvious symptoms of liver damage. The allergic reactions can be especially severe on the palms and soles of the feet, giving you a hard time in the evening or at night.
A happy, healthy liver cleans the blood of all the harmless molecules and eliminates the effect that a potential allergen has on the body.
Yellow skin and eyes
When a person’s eyes or skin turn yellowish it’s known as jaundice. Jaundice itself isn’t an illness. However, it is a symptom of possible conditions. It normally appears when the diseased liver makes the body accumulate too much Bilirubin. This is a yellow pigment formed by the breakdown of dead red blood cells in the liver.
Guess what happens when the liver fails to get rid of bilirubin along with old red blood cells? That’s right… you turn yellow!
This one is another result of jaundice mentioned previously. Like the yellow skin and eyes, dark colored urine is an indicator that there’s too much bilirubin in your body.
Your kidneys just keep doing their job and try to remove it naturally no matter what color it is so when it comes out during urination it’s shockingly dark. When we say dark we mean like shades of orange, amber or coca-cola brown!
It’s okay for urine to change its color a bit when it’s affected by what you eat or drink. However, if this color change becomes constant that’s reason enough to call your doctor. This is especially true if dark urine is accompanied by light or bloody stools.
We all get nicks and bruises from time to time… especially if you’re a little on the clumsy side. Bruises are harmless and can sometimes tell a hilarious (or heroic) story. However, if you tend to bruise more easily than others it might be a reason to get a health check… especially for your liver!
A bruise is a result of some injury to the blood vessels in your skin. One of the hundreds of functions of a healthy liver is to produce proteins for blood clotting. When your liver’s protein factory is out of order your blood vessels get weaker. This results in easy bruising and bleeding.
Constant stress and the hectic lifestyle most of us lead these days can wear anyone out. however, if you’re constantly feeling more dead than alive it’s probably more than just a crazy workload.
Chronic fatigue syndrome resembles a prolonged flu-like illness and is only diagnosed when someone experiences the symptoms for at least six months. The reason behind this is intoxication, of you guessed it, the liver!
The liver, to a large extent, contributes to the energy supply in your body. It does this by turning glucose into glycogen and storing it for later use. A healthy liver pours out glucose between meals or whenever there’s a need for nourishment and energy. A diseased liver however can hardly produce glucose and has very little space to store it.
So, there you have it… ten signals that indicate your liver may be in trouble. If you experience any of these it’s probably a good idea to get your liver checked out.
Of course, it is much better to take good care of your liver and prevent it from developing any health issues in the first place.
The best way to allow your liver to heal itself and get rid of toxins is to give it a break from a destructive lifestyle. Cleansing the liver is all about healthy eating and lifestyle habits.
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