There are many symptoms associated with a poorly functioning liver. Let’s explore some of the most common symptoms:
The liver is intimately involved in supplying the body with energy. When blood is loaded with toxins due to an overburdened and inefficient liver, there is limited capacity for the blood to carry oxygen and nutrients which are necessary for energy production. Chronic fatigue is therefore one of the most common symptoms of toxic liver. Many people with overburdened livers will wake up in the morning feeling exhausted and drained, as if they have had no sleep at all. If you are getting adequate sleep and exercise, but still feel “exhausted all the time”, chances are that your liver is toxic and overburdened. When toxins “back up” because your liver is overloaded with them, it places a heavy burden on the liver and the whole body tires out.
Out of the many functions that the liver performs, the most important is to produce bile, which helps in digestion through the process of emulsification of lipids. A sluggish liver produces less bile, causing many digestion problems such as acid reflux, abdominal bloating, flatulence, hemorrhoids, intolerance to fatty foods, gallstones, nausea and vomiting, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, and intolerance to alcohol.
The liver is one of the most important organs for hormone regulation. Although the liver itself does not make hormones, it does play a significant role in hormonal regulation because it metabolizes the hormones once they have done their work in the body. The liver breaks down steroid hormones including aldosterone, cortisone and the sex hormones which control our sexual life and body shape.
A person with toxic liver would exhibit hormonal imbalance symptoms such as sleep disturbances, poor concentration, and depression. A toxic liver can be the catalyst for various forms of depression and can lead to moodiness, feelings of despair, and occasional outbursts of anger. Women can also experience heavy menstruation, irregular periods, fluid retention, fibroids in breast or uterus, hot flashes, ovarian cysts, mood swings and/or menopausal problems.
Since the liver plays an important role in eliminating toxins from the body, skin irritation or skin allergies are common signs of toxic liver. Rashes, psoriasis, eczema, boils or acne can indicate that the overloaded liver is trying to remove toxins through the skin. A person with a toxic liver may also exhibit excessive sweating, red palms and soles, coated tongue, bad breath, dark circles under the eyes, offensive body odor, itchy eyes, and flushed facial appearance.
Insulin is a peptide hormone produced in pancreas, and is central to regulating fat and carbohydrate metabolism in the body. Insulin stops the use of fat as an energy source by inhibiting the release of glucagon. High levels of insulin promote the storage of fat, especially in the abdominal area. High levels of insulin in the body signal the liver to store more fat, this results in more abdominal fat and eventually a fatty liver. A fatty liver is very sluggish and is not able to break down hormones efficiently causing further weight gain and fluid retention. When your liver is clogged with toxins and fat, the process of breaking down fats for fuel becomes more difficult for the liver and it begins to store more of the fat it cannot break down.