Working tirelessly and sending all the necessary signals to your stomach, pancreas and gallbladder, your liver is a busy organ, hard at work converting nutrients, ensuring your blood sugar levels are stable, filters and purifies toxins, and a whole host of metabolic functions to keep you in good health.
Give you liver some love and check in if your lifestyle is overloading your liver. A liver bogged down with toxins cascades into negative side effects throughout your whole body ranging from a dampened immune system, inflammation, and sluggishness all due to too much toxin exposure that your liver can’t filter out fast enough.
Check for the following signs that you’ve been putting it too hard at work and how to support its healthy functioning, which is vital for your overall good health.
1. You regularly eat junk food
Junk food is full of sodium, trans fats, and sugar, all of which the liver works extra hard to metabolize and filter out of our body. If you eat junk food frequently, know that these types of foods damage your liver, thus a detox is, without question, in order, as well as cutting back or eliminating junk food from your diet.
2. You feel sluggish
The liver is responsible for over 500 metabolic functions in our body, all of which link to our energy levels. Persistent fatigue likely links back to a sluggish liver, which means a sluggish person.
3. You have digestive issues
If you experience diarrhea, constipation, chronic bloating and gas, it’s a sign that your liver isn’t functioning optimally. Seeing as your liver and gut functions are interconnected, digestive issues are a surefire indication that you need to clear out your liver in order for your gut to properly clear out itself.
4. You have problem skin
The condition of your skin reflects what’s going on inside your body. Inflammation on your skin such as acne, dermatitis, and eczema, especially when exacerbated seemingly out of nowhere are a good indication that there’s inflammation in your liver all well due to an excess of toxins. With the skin being a detox organ itself through sweat, the toxins in your body get excreted in the form of acne and other skin issues.
5. You crave sugar
Experiencing irresistible cravings for sugar is an indication that your hunger hormone, leptin, and insulin could seriously be off balance. If a large part of your diet consists of refined sugars and grains, this could be hampering your liver from processing it efficiently, putting your body in a constant and insatiable sugar-craving ride.
6. You have brain fog
Brain fog is when you have the inability or hard time focusing, remembering, and even just thinking clearly. This is largely caused when your liver has too many toxins to filter out of your system, causing inflammation that damages your blood-brain barrier.
7. You feel sad and/or anxious
Chronic inflammation doesn’t only negatively affect you physically, but emotionally too. Inflammation has a strong correlation to depression and anxiety. This is because the inflammation affects your brain and nervous tissue, promoting and even causing feelings of anxiety and depression.
8. You experience hormone imbalances
If you struggle with painful or irregular periods, have adrenal fatigue, and a dampened libido, these hormonal imbalances are most likely caused by, or closely interlinked to an overloaded liver.
9. You have stubborn weight that’s hard to get rid off
The liver is crucial for the breaking down of fat and sugars, but it can’t do this properly if its overloaded with toxins. If you’re having a hard time losing weight regardless of dieting and exercising, you may need to detox your liver to kickstart weight loss.
10. You have frequent allergies
Allergies are caused by an overactive immune response to certain substances. Frequent allergies are an indication of poor liver function by showing that the liver isn’t fully cleaning the blood from toxins. It’s these toxins which cause such an overly aggressive response to allergens.
If you experience any or all of these issues, a detoxification program targeted towards your liver would be highly beneficial. Fortunately, the liver is a highly regenerative organ and should respond well to conscious clean-eating choices.