The liver is one of the most important organs. It filters toxins from your blood and expels them primarily via the colon. Because we are constantly exposed to a variety of harmful toxins and pollutants, the liver can easily become overburdened and unable to perform properly. When this occurs, excess waste is often stored in fat cells. The surplus fat cells in the liver can ultimately trigger fatty liver disease.
There are two types of fatty liver disease. The alcoholic form is a result of alcohol abuse. The non-alcoholic form can be a consequence of high levels of cholesterol formation, unhealthy eating habits, or genetic predisposition. However, before a disease state arises there are usually several warning signs. Below are some of the most common signals to consider.
Indicators of a Toxic Liver
Fatigue Metabolism is the process the body uses to break down food and nutrients for energy, and to support various bodily functions. Accumulated toxins in the liver prevent complete metabolism of nutrients, thus preventing muscle tissue from getting fuel required for energy. Long term lack of fuel leads to chronic tiredness and in some cases pain.
Bad Breath This one indicator has an interesting ability to provide clues to overall health. Like other diseases, liver disease and its early stages can cause distinct odors on the breath even when good oral hygiene is practiced.
Weight Gain When the liver does not function at full capacity, neither can metabolism. Extra deposits of fat are formed to quarantine toxic materials, resulting in an increase in weight.
Excess Perspiration When the liver is in a state of prolonged congestion, it produces excess heat which is dissipated throughout the rest of the body. The body tries to cool itself down by means of perspiration.
Allergies A healthy liver produces antibodies that fight off allergens. However, when the liver is not functioning at full properly, the body begins to store allergens. In response, the brain produces more histamine, a chemical that marks allergens that need to be removed. When histamine levels build, the risk of allergy symptoms increases.
Acne When the liver is already full of acquired toxins, it is incapable of filtering the blood adequately of more toxic material and may result in hormonal imbalance which triggers acne breakouts.
Emotional Instability Over time a person with a congested or toxic liver may experience mood swings, depression, and angry outbursts. These are all consequence of the afore mentioned hormonal imbalance, fatigue, and of course the internal toxic buildup causing the congested liver. In eastern medicine, the liver is often referred to as the seat of anger.
If one or more of these symptoms persists, it may be time to take better care of your liverl. Here are a few easy steps to get started.
Alleviate Liver Congestion
- Drink Water: Intake at least half your weight in oz of water every day
- Eat More Produce: Increase organic fruits and vegetables, decrease (or delete) fried, greasy, low-quality foods and alcohol
- Add Dandelion: Include the leaf in salads and the root as a supplement
- Colon Hydrotherapy: This warm bath for your colon encourages the liver to release excess bile and stored toxins
A good cleanse program is also a great way to eliminate toxic build-up in the liver. The Simply Amazing Cleanse has helped many with this very issue. If you haven’t had a session in a while, or if you’ve splurged royally over the holiday weekend, it is time to schedule your appointment now. Email or call us at 310. 929. 0258.
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