Liver is a very important organ for well-being. It metabolises fat to control your weight and cholesterol levels; detoxifies and filters your blood to maintain your energy level. It also manufactures essential proteins for healthy immune function; maintains hormone balances; breaks down excess oestrogen and generates the energy to keep you alive.
If the liver is under functioning, there are many signs that appear before it gets to the stage of having an abnormal liver function according to standard diagnostic tests.
Here are the Top 35 Signs of Sluggish Liver:
- Feeling groggy upon wakening, even if sleep was sufficient;
- Problems with blood sugar regulation (eg headaches, dizziness or grumpiness on missing a meal);
- A white or yellow coating on the tongue;
- Inability to digest fatty foods or alcohol;
- Sticky or floating stools
- Bad breath; body odor
- Tendency to gain weight;
- Skin problems such as eczema, boils, acne, dermatitis, psoriasis, or itchy skin;
- Headaches especially if associated with nausea, and brought on by alcohol or fatty foods;
- “Fuzziness” in the head; lack of ability to concentrate; poor memory;
- Depression or unwarranted anger;
- Mood swings or unpleasant moods
- Menstrual irregularities;
- Poor blood clotting ability;
- Oedema especially of the ankles.
- Often wake up between 3 am – 5 am
- Abdominal bloating
- Discomfort or pain over or under the liver
- “Pot belly”
- Reflux and heartburn
- Fatty yellowish lumps in the skin around the eyes
- Overheating of the body
- Excessive sweating
- Red itchy and/or dry eyes
- Red palms
- Hot and/or burning soles of the feet
- Gallbladder problems
- Unexplained weight gain
- Inability to lose weight even whilst dieting
- High blood pressure
- High blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides
This list should give you some idea of the huge range of things that may indicate that the liver is under functioning. Most of these may also be due to other causes, so they are not a conclusive sign that the liver is the cause. However, if you have 3 or more of these signs, it is well worth attempting to improve your liver function.
The most common causes of a sluggish liver include:
- Imbalance diet especially too much sugar
- Toxic chemicals exposure
- Excess alcohol
- Overuse of pain killers or taking many prescription drugs
- Viral infections
- Autoimmune disease such as Thyroid disease, Lupus, Scleroderma, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis or Epstein-Barr.
My family and I are taking Cabot Health Livatone Plus with Turmeric (Click Here) everyday for 3 – 6 months whenever we have 3 or more of the aforementioned signs. If you look after your liver, your liver will look after your other organs.
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