Our liver is an organ of our body which works the most. It is considered to be the largest and does very important things: produces hormones, processes nutrients, manufactures proteins, metabolizes cholesterol, fights infections etc.
We can experience liver damage because of:
- Alcohol abuse
- Excess of vitamin A or iron
- Aluminum (from foods and food packaging; cookware; anti-perspirants; deodorants; air pollution; fluoride in tap water etc.)
- Excess of fat in the liver (“fatty liver”)
- Chemicals used in: household products, personal care products, agriculture
- Medications: antibiotics, acetaminophen (Tylenol), anti-depressants, antacids, statins, etc.
- Smoking cigarettes
- Food: artificial sweeteners, processed foods, high-fructose corn syrup, soda, nutrient deficiency, excess sugar, too many carbohydrates
- Some herbs: yohimbe, chaparral, comfrey, skullcap, kava, etc.
- other underlying disease, like hepatitis or Crohn’s
Our liver is really resilient. In case it has too much of something, it will show you some signs. Here, we’re going to discuss the 12 most common signs of liver damage!
Liver cirrhosis is something that makes the liver accumulate fluids. The 2 greatest causes are hypertension in the veins from the spleen, pancreas and intestines as well as water or sodium retention. You can feel shortness of breath, tenderness, pain and cramping.
You can feel great abdominal pain because of any problem with the liver.
In case your face, hands or lower extremities are swollen, it happens because of fluid retention or otherwise called edema. It can also appear because of other health problems like: lymphatic system dysfunction, congestive heart failure, emphysema and kidney disease. It is common for women to have this edema periodically, when they’re pregnant or in a menstrual cycle. If you feel bloated constantly, check with your doctor.
We’ve all felt this no matter it’s because of something bad we ate or an illness. Many things can cause nausea: food poisoning, pregnancy, migraines, viruses and vertigo.
It often appears with diarrhea and vomiting, but it’s not good if it lasts for several days. In case it appears because of liver problems, it will come with bloating and abdominal pain.
In case your liver is damaged, you may also experience a digestion that is slowed down, leaky gut or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). They appear because of changes in the bile production or the hormone levels. Liver problems can also be shown with chronic flatulence, lower abdominal discomfort and changes in the toilet habits.
Fatigue and Overall Weakness
You might feel fatigue in case of a liver problem. It’s actually one of the most common signs. It mostly appears because the transmission between our brain and liver is disrupted somewhere.
Fatigue can also appear because of cognitive, behavioral, emotional and social problems. In case the aspect of fatigue isn’t physical, cognitive behavioral therapy can help. You need to exercise regularly. It’s the most essential thing.
Your skin may become itchy in case of liver dysfunction. When the bile flow from the liver is stopped, cholestasis appears. It can cause skin itching. According to scientists, you can treat it with the help of some steroidal agents.
You can try some of these, even though it depends on the person:
- cannabis cream
- castor oil
- stinging nettle tea
- oatmeal baths
- essential oils
- apple cider vinegar (organic and unfiltered)
- capsaicin (cayenne pepper)
- guava leaves
When the hemoglobin in our blood cells from the bile that has been secreted by our liver breaks down, bilirubin appears. It is actually a waste product which can make our eyes or skin with yellow color in case it becomes accumulated in our blood.
It mostly appears in newborn babies and doctors treat it by exposing them to light. In case it appears in adults, it will signify that the bile duct or the liver are obstructed.
Lack of Appetite
In case you feel fatigue and an upset stomach, you will lack appetite. In case of a damaged liver, we’ll lose our appetite and suffer malnutrition.
The color of our stool is usually given by the bilirubin. Many factors can cause this. For example, if our feces is gray or pale, it might be a sign for a bile duct blockage.
Some medicines can also cause pale stool. In case you notice these changes for a longer period of time, you’ll have to visit a specialist.
The urine excreted through our kidneys can also be changed in case the function of our liver becomes disturbed. A darker urine will signify liver problems. Some other things that can cause urine changes are: eating beets, too much vitamin A, dehydration, too much protein, urinary tract infection, etc. Visit a specialist if you notice it for a longer period of time.
Constipation, Diarrhea and Intestinal Bleeding
In case of a greater damage, your bowels will be affected. You might also experience consequent gastrointestinal bleeding and it’s really bad. Check with a specialist about this problem.
Even though the liver can be resilient, we need to take good care of it. Regular exercises, eating healthy food, drinking plenty of water, sleeping well etc. are some of the most important tips that you should consider. In case you’ve noticed any of the mentioned signs, visit a specialist to prevent any further damage and look for a timely treatment.