Our liver is designed in such a way that it digests, absorbs and processes food and filters the blood from digestive tract before it circulates blood all over our body. Liver also transforms toxins into waste which get eliminated from the body through defecation and urine.
However over a period of time due to poor food habits, liver gets sluggish and it stops eliminating toxins properly. These toxins start getting stored in your belly and can make you appear fat. Although liver has some fat on its own, it can termed as fatty liver if fat accounts for 5 to 10 % of liver weight. Fatty liver disease occurs either due to over consumption of alcohol or due to high cholesterol and genetic factors.
There are two types of fatty liver disease: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and alcoholic liver disease. Alcoholic liver disease is the result of excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages while the non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is the result of non-alcoholic factors, like high cholesterol, excessive consumption of fast and processed foods, chemical influences, or genetics.
The following symptoms may indicate a liver in need of detoxification. Let’s take a look:
1. Unexplained weight gain
When your liver doesn’t work 100% on removing toxins from the body, reducing calories and regular workout won’t be of much help as the body stores the unfiltered toxins in its fat cells. Moreover, as the liver is responsible for metabolizing fat when it doesn’t function properly, fat will circulate from the gut through the bile and back to the organ.
When the liver functions properly, it produces antibodies which fight allergens, so in case its work is reduced, the body stores the allergens.
To respond to this, the brain produces histamine, which is a chemical which marks the allergens which should be eliminated, and in high levels, leads to allergy symptoms such as headaches, itchiness, and fogginess.
3. Chronic Fatigue
Dr. Edward Group says chronic fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of liver toxicity. Toxins disrupt muscle metabolism, producing aches, pains and physical fatigue. According to Dr. David Bushcer, this gets worse when a ‘backlog’ of toxins takes down the immune system.
Over time, this chronic fatigue can give way to moodiness, depression and angry outbursts.
4. Excessive Sweating/Body Odor
The liver is kind of like a computer; when it gets overworked, it becomes sluggish – and hot. Because it’s such a large organ, it easily transfers that heat to the rest of your body, which attempts to cool itself by sweating excessively. This excessive sweating can lead to funky body odor.
As the liver gets sluggish, it stops external cleansing and causes hormonal fluctuations. This results in acne break-outs.
6. Bad Breath
If you have a bad breath but it is not due to any oral issues, then you must get your liver checked by physician to find the exact cause.
How To Eliminate Toxins From Liver
To prevent fatty liver disease and eliminate toxins from your liver you will need to make a few dietary changes. Reduce your alcohol consumption, drink 2 to 3 liters of water, drink lemon water, try out cleansing smoothies.
One such quick cleansing smoothie can be made with bananas and Greek yogurt. Blend 1 banana with 1 cup of Greek yogurt, ginger root, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and 1 teaspoon of dandelion root. Blend it well and serve immediately, try to consume this smoothie once or twice a day to get maximum results.