Do you feel that your digestion is slower than normal? Do you feel pain in your stomach after eating a healthy meal? Do you have diarrhea regularly without reason? If the answer to these questions is YES, then maybe your liver is not in good health!
The liver is the main organ related to detoxification of our body, it is an emunctory which means it acts as a filter to strange toxins.
Besides that, it is related to the production of important components to our organism such as glycose, iron and cholesterol.
Sometimes, when you discover that the liver has a serious problem it is too late to do something. The reason is that many issues related to this organ are almost silent; the symptoms are not clear and are frequent in other diseases.
Do you want to know if your liver may be working properly? Here are 7 signs of a problematic liver.
7) Abdominal bloating
Did you ever feel that your digestion is slower than normal and felt that you are heavy and with abdominal pain after a meal? It is normal to feel this once in a while after eating too much or after eating fatty foods but to feel this as a regular basis after eating may be a symptom of a liver that is not working properly.
When you have icterus your skin, eyes and nails start to have a yellowish pigmentation. This happens due to accumulation of a component of the blood called bilirubin. When the liver doesn’t work properly it can no longer filter this toxic component that starts to accumulate in your skin, nails and eyes. This is a common sign of the presence of a liver disease. This may be caused by serious genetic liver diseases, so if you have this symptom please consult your doctor or therapist.
5) Skin sensibility
If you feel that your skin is always itching and it has frequent pimples without reason, it may also be a sign of a liver sensitivity. As the skin is another important emunctory of our body (act as a filter to outside toxins) it is strongly related to the hepatic function. The toxins that your liver can no longer filter may be affecting your skin.
But as other symptoms of liver diseases it is not only present in this situation and may have other causes.
The continuous feeling of fatigue and lethargy is very common in cases of liver sensitivity and may be due to a liver that is working harder than normal because it is sick or intoxicated. This symptom normally is followed by liquid retention and excess weight.
3) Gastric reflux
To feel that your stomach is always full with gas and to feel that sometimes acid liquid ascends from your stomach, may be a cause of a problematic liver. As the digestive process may be affected by an intoxicated or fatty liver, and these symptoms may occur frequently. These symptoms are the first signs that you need to change your lifestyle for the better.
If you have a frequent sense of heaviness, pressure and/or pain in the stomach after eating and then these symptoms are followed by diarrhea it may be caused by a liver disease. Frequent diarrhea is dangerous especially in children and old people as they are more sensitive to dehydration (when water loss exceeds the amount that is taken in); in these cases it is important to enhance the water consumption. Diarrhea may also be caused by other diseases.
1) Feces and urine color change
Is your urine whiter or darker than normal? Are your feces yellow or with small amounts of blood? If this happens to you or to someone that you know it may be a cause of a disease related to your liver or kidneys. The best thing to do is to consult a doctor or therapist as soon as possible.
To maintain a healthy liver is a commitment to all life. Some important advices that may help you maintain a healthy liver are: to exercise regularly, don’t smoke, and don’t drink too much. It is also good to avoid fatty foods and excessive consumption of fatty meats. Herbs like dandelion and artichoke have the ability to help you detoxify your liver and improve digestion; they are full of antioxidants and protect the liver function.