The liver plays a very important role in our digestion, bile production, and converting sugar into glycogen which is later stored as an energy reserve.
This organ also detoxes the body and eliminates all the waste items and metabolizes the medications. The liver also supports the creation of amino acids. It replaces cells that are injured and restores their function.
That’s why people don’t notice the first symptoms of liver disease. That happens when more than 70% of the hepatocytes are affected. Therefore, you can only imagine what will happen to you if you damage this organ.
Many different factors can cause liver dysfunction. Excessive alcohol intake is the biggest reason for many health issues, which is also the case with the liver. The liver can break down the components of alcohol and then eliminate them. The problem occurs when you drink too much alcohol and the liver isn’t able to deal with it.
Another big threat are viruses, which can attack and inflame the organ and cause loss of function. We are familiar with the existence of hepatitis. Hepatitis C is the second biggest cause for cirrhosis.
Cirrhosis is a liver disease in a late stage. In this stage the tissue of the liver is destroyed and the damaged cells are replaced with a scar that can’t do the same functions of the liver.
You should also know that we can unintentionally harm our liver by consuming foods that are high in salt, sugar, or a deep-fried, and highly processed.
Take a look at the following signs which show that the liver has a lot of toxins and can’t work properly:
1. Jaundice – When the red blood cells die they make bilirubin, which is a waste product excreted by the liver. When there is something bad going on in your liver, the bilirubin builds up and your eyes and skin turn yellow.
2. Pain in the abdomen – When the liver becomes inflamed it can become larger, and it can squeeze the capsule nerves. This will cause pain in the upper part of the tummy.
3. Fatigue – When the liver doesn’t function properly the toxins will accumulate in the body, which will make you feel very exhausted, even after you have had a good night’s sleep.
4. Bruising easily – The liver is included into the creation of the factors for blood clotting, and failure of the liver stops the process. That’s why you may bruise easily and bleed abnormally.
5. Feeling nauseaus – People who have liver disease, particularly in their late stage, usually complain that they feel nauseas and want to vomit.
6. Big belly – Your belly has become bigger even without changing anything in your eating habits. The reason behind this is that liver failure causes ascites (accumulation of fluids in the abdomen)
7. Swollen legs – When you have water imbalance in your body, your lower extremities will be swollen.
8. Acid reflux – People who have liver disorder also experience heartburn.
9. Low appetite – When you experience hepatic failure you usually don’t have appetite.
10. Itchy skin – When there is too much bilirubin in the body and skin, you will have itchy skin.
There are studies which prove that certain foods such as raw veggies, bananas, ginger, sweet potato, black seed oil dandelion tea, and milk thistle are great for the detoxification of the liver.
However, you should speak with a specialist before you decide to take any supplement or remedy.