Liver

The liver is a very important organ of the body. A healthy liver is essential for proper functioning of the metabolism process which helps control your weight. Metabolism refers to biochemical processes that occur with any living organism to maintain life. These biochemical processes allow us to grow, reproduce, repair damage and respond to our environment.

The main functions of the liver include processing nutrients from food, making bile and removing toxic elements from the body. So, it is very important to have a healthy liver to live healthy.

When the liver is constantly overloaded you may develop a condition called non-alcoholic fatty liver. This is a condition when the liver resorts to storing fat within its tissues. This is most commonly seen in overweight people or people with type 2 diabetes. It is generally due to improper nutrition, such as too many refined carbohydrates and sugar.

Symptoms of a struggling liver

When your liver is not functioning properly, various signs and symptoms will alert you to the condition. The following are some common symptoms of liver dysfunction and a sign that your liver may require special attention. If you experience these symptoms for longer periods, you should seek professional medical help.

Yellowish EyeEyes

Any discoloration (yellow tinge in the whites of the eyes) or dark circles underneath the eyes may indicate a poor liver. Your eyes may be itchy and puffy similar to an allergic reaction.

Skin

The onset of liver dysfunction may turn the skin slightly yellow. One of the major functions of the liver is to process bilirubin, excess of which is eliminated through urine. Problems in liver functioning result in the rise of bilirubin levels in the blood. As a result, the yellow pigment begins to accumulate underneath the skin, giving it a yellowish color. The skin often may become itchy without any rash.

Bad breath and coated tongue

Having a coated tongue usually means you have poor digestion and/or a sluggish liver. Bad breath can result from liver problems, but also from poor dental hygiene, tooth decay, gum Hormonal Imbalancedisease, throat infection, sinusitis or bronchitis.

Hormonal imbalances

An unhealthy liver may lead to hormonal imbalances in your body. Hypothyroidism, sensitivity to hormonal therapy, reactions when using contraceptive pills, worsened menopausal and premenstrual symptoms are often linked with an unhealthy liver.

Oversensitive Immune SystemOversensitive immune system

Heightened reactions to various allergens including foods may indicate a poor liver. Sensitivity to chemicals and chemical smells such as cigarette smoke and petrol fumes are the symptoms of an unhealthy liver.

Rise in blood sugar levelsUncontrolled blood sugar levels

A poorly functioning liver cannot remove glucose from the bloodstream effectively. Regular rises in blood sugar levels result in type-2 diabetes.

Anger issues

The liver is often referred to as “the seat of anger” and the anger stored within it needs to be relieved and detoxified. An unhealthy liver signals its distress through the nervous system in forms of reoccurring headaches, impaired concentration, depression, and mood swings.

Digestive problems

A fatty liver will wreak havoc on the digestive system. Indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, acid reflux, vomiting, gall bladder disease, intolerance to alcohol or fatty foods are common symptoms of an unhealthy liver.

obesityWeight issues

Weight gain, difficulty losing weight, a pot belly and/or a roll of fat in the upper abdomen area are the outcomes of poor metabolism process which is caused by an unhealthy liver. When the liver does not function properly, blood sugar levels rise and excess calories are stored as fats in various parts of the body. People suffering from liver dysfunction find it hard to shed extra pounds.

What can you do about it?

For starters you need to give your liver a break.

Stop eating all processed foods, including bread, pasta, processed meats, sugar and refined oils.

Include lots of vegetables and fruit in your diet.

Reduce the amount of meat you eat, only include small amounts of lean meat.

Include green smoothies into your diet.

Start your day with lemon juice from half a lemon in a glass of water.

One day per week only have vegetable juices.

These are small steps you can take easily that will have a big impact on your health.

Your liver will thank you for it.

Green smoothie

1 cup of pineapple

½  banana

2 cups of spinach leaves or kale

Add all ingredients to a blender, add some water and ice to desired consistency.

Evelin work May 10

Evelin Liddell is a Homeopath and Fertility Specialist with over 15 years experience in the natural health field mainly working with women and children.

Evelin has great success and built an excellent reputation with infertility, hormonal problems, glandular fever and children’s health (asthma, colds, tonsillitis, ear infections, fevers, colic, behavioural problems).

Evelin also has a special interest in nutrition and is currently the only metabolic balance® coach in Queensland, Australia. Bracken Ridge Natural Therapies, www.brnt.com.au

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