As the biggest organ in the entire human body, the liver is responsible for a number of significant functions in the body such as some of the most important ones – flushing the harmful toxins and toxic waste from the body. The liver function is so crucial to excellent health for a number of reasons; but mostly because everything you consume requires your liver to aid in its digestion. If you take a pill, your liver is breaking it down; if you have a cup of coffee- same process. Imagine everything you consume puts your liver to work within minutes; a pretty important organ one would think! For only weighing a few pounds, it can make or break a patient’s overall health if not properly maintained.
You shouldn’t ignore these warning signs, which may indicate that your liver isn’t functioning properly:
- Chronic fatigue
- Anxiety and depression
- Improper digestion
- Chronic muscle and joint pain
- Acne and other skin conditions
- Gasses, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation
- Hormonal imbalance
- Increased weight
The above-mentioned symptoms are just a few that can happen if your liver isn’t functioning properly. For some people, it is difficult to lose weight even though they exercise a lot and eat healthy food. This can also lead to liver problems. However you must be questioning, what is the thing you should to in order to improve your liver’s function? First of all, take care of what you eat. Second, make some important lifestyle developments which affect your liver’s function.
Symptoms of liver cirrhosis
In the early stages of cirrhosis, symptoms can again be non-specific and mild. Patients may, therefore, overlook symptoms and attribute them to other conditions.
The term cirrhosis refers to the formation of scar tissue (fibrosis) in place of liver cells that have died as a result of long-term liver damage. This may have occurred due to excess alcohol intake, viral hepatitis or other factors that lead to toxicity of the liver.
As cirrhosis develops gradually and often without any obvious symptoms, the condition may go unnoticed until the damage is severe and likely to lead to liver failure.
Some of the symptoms of liver cirrhosis are described below:
- Bruising easily
- Hormone imbalance
- Spider angiomas
- Portal hypertension
The following tips and tricks will improve the liver’s health:
- Drink enough water
- Avoid processed food and eat more organic food, that doesn’t contain much sodium or other toxic substances.
- Try to go on a balances diet that includes whole food, animal and plant protein, grains, fermented food, healthy fats, nuts, and seeds.
- Eliminate inflammatory vegetable oil such as corn, canola, soybeans, vegetable oil cottonseed, sunflower etc.
- Consume healthy fats as much as possible.
- Eliminate refined sugars from your diet
- Eat plenty of dietary fiber: whole foods, chia seeds, artichokes, avocados, broccoli and Brussels sprouts, etc.
- You should reduce the fructose consumption to 20 gr per day
- Increase the consumption of green leafy vegetables, because they are rich in magnesium, folate, Vitamin C and Vitamin B
- Limit or eliminate alcohol consumption
- Include sources of animal and vegetable amino acids: chicken, eggs, raw spinach, parsley, cabbage, beets, etc.
- Consume food that contains sulfur, such as eggs, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, garlic, onion, asparagus, kale, etc.
When to see a doctor
Acute liver failure can develop quickly in an otherwise healthy person, and it is life-threatening. If you or someone you know suddenly develops a yellowing of the eyes or skin; tenderness in the upper abdomen; or any unusual changes in mental state, personality or behavior, seek medical attention right away.
In general, your liver is very important for your health. So, take good care of it, eat the right food and improve your lifestyle.
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