If you celebrated the holidays a bit too much, your liver may need a little love. Fatigue and digestive problems are two big signs your liver needs cleansing — do you know the others?
Symptoms of Liver Toxicity
Symptoms of liver toxicity are not always easy to pinpoint. Many conditions associated with an overloaded liver are problems that can arise from a number of causes. Although some conditions, such as fatigue or irritability are often just part of life, and not necessarily the result of liver deficiencies, ignoring pervasive health conditions is never advised. Instead, we should view health problems as weeds to be removed. Often times, ailments resulting from imbalances and toxicity within the body spring up in multiple ways and appeasing deficiencies can help to alleviate them at the source.
Understand What Causes Toxicity
Your concern should increase if you find yourself regularly experiencing multiple adverse conditions at once, especially when that becomes “the norm.” If “the norm” for you is constant misery and dis-ease, it may be an indication that your body and liver are overloaded with function-impeding toxins. In such instances, the best course of action is to take inventory of your lifestyle to remove the sources of toxins and complement that lifestyle change.
Symptoms of Liver Toxicity
One of the most common symptoms of liver toxicity is chronic fatigue. Many people with overburdened livers will wake up in the morning feeling lethargic and drained as if they have had no sleep at all. When you’re feeling weighed down before you even start your day, it takes a great deal of effort to get momentum up. It comes without surprise that persons experiencing this are often finished by midday, a slow down often accompanied by stiffness and aches.
Chronic fatigue can stem from a number of origins and immediately assuming liver dysfunction and overreacting inappropriately should be avoided. However, it is a condition that requires attention and investigation may determine impairment of liver function to be a contributing factor. If it begins to be accompanied by emotional instability, then there is a greater cause for concern. The liver’s performance can directly impact emotional constitution. A toxic liver can be the catalyst for various forms of depression, which is really a form of anger turned inward. General moodiness, feelings of despair, and occasional outbursts of anger can all be caused by a burdened liver.
There are chemicals in the brain that cause a variety of emotional disturbances when they’re out of balance and moodiness may or may not be an actual symptom of liver toxicity. However, many people do not realize that the liver’s operation, or operational deficiencies, play a significant role in emotional health. The annoyances of a bad day are one thing, chronic and wide mood swings accompanied by physical energy are another.
Symptoms of liver toxicity can also manifest as problems with the digestive system. Swelling and bloating after a meal, along with the seeming inability to lose weight regardless of diet or exercise, are possible indicators of liver dysfunction. These conditions can be further exacerbated by frequent alcohol consumption, a heavy meat diet, eating foods with refined sugars, and processed foods high in carbohydrates.
A Toxic Liver Needs Detoxification
If you’re constantly feeling drained or overloaded with negative emotions, you may be suffering from a form of liver dysfunction and could benefit from simple cleansing.
As I said before, general, non-specific problems like chronic fatigue, moodiness, and digestive upset should not immediately be assumed to be the result of liver dysfunction. They may or may not be. Often times, for most people, determining what is causing them to feel less than their best is the difficult first step in turning things around. Body burden is an interesting subject because it affects different people differently. If you’re experiencing what you consider to be ill-health on a “regular” basis, something is amiss; the reality is an overload of toxins is often to blame.
How to Flush the Liver
To understand liver cleansing, it’s necessary to understand the function of the liver is to process toxins. If a liver running at 60% efficiency is leaving 40% of toxins unprocessed to accumulate in and float around, what effect do you think that has on your body?
The liver is one of the body’s most vital organs; a functioning liver is necessary to live, and a well functioning liver is necessary to live well. Although the liver is a toxin processor and robust in its abilities, it isn’t impervious to toxicity itself. Certain things, such as too much alcohol or a diet heavy in processed nutrient-deficient foods, can damage it, vastly reduce its efficacy, and contribute to a myriad of factors that promote health problems. Unfortunately, due to the availability and mainstream infiltration of a toxic-laden lifestyle, too few people realize that what many consider “normal” is actually a lifestyle that burdens the liver, and really the body as a whole, with toxins that slow down it down. A healthy lifestyle is the key to keeping your body, and especially your liver, in top shape. And, occasionally flushing the liver to alleviate toxin buildup can be beneficial.
Many people aren’t quite sure where to start with a liver flush so let’s remove the mystery out of liver cleansing once and for all. Detoxifying it of excess toxins is not as hard as it may seem. Actually, liver cleansing involves nothing more than a simple change in diet and a few natural and organic supplements.
To Detoxify Your Liver, Stop Giving It Toxins
I cannot stress this enough, if your diet includes processed foods and refined sugars, you need to change your diet and remove those unhealthy items. Those foods contain chemicals that can quickly overload the liver with so many toxins it’s almost like you’re waging chemical warfare upon your body’s innards. I remember a few years ago I saw an experiment in which french fries from well known fast food chains were left uncovered, outside to degrade on their own. Weeks, and even months, later their appearance hadn’t changed much. What does that say about what’s required of your body to process and break down that stuff? Your body and a car have at least one thing in common, pouring sugar in the gas tank will make them run miserably. Simply eliminating toxic foods from your diet will give your liver immediate relief and benefit. Replace toxic foods with fresh, organic fruits and vegetables to further the process of a gainful turnaround.
Herbs Can Stimulate Liver Detoxification
There are a variety of herbs that can support liver detoxification efforts as well. Organic chicory root, organic dandelion root, organic peppermint leaf, and organic turmeric are just a few examples. These and other herbal remedies have been used by herbalists and indigenous cultures for centuries as therapies to assist in the removal of accumulated toxins from the liver and stimulate the production of bile, a vital component to digestion and health.
Herbal remedies don’t directly detoxify the liver. Metaphorically, chicory root is not like “draino for your liver.” Instead, what herbs and nutrients do is stimulate the body’s natural liver functions that make it cleanse itself. Most people forget that when the body is given everything it needs, it’s very capable of taking care of itself. When nutrient deficiencies occur, that’s when body process deficiencies occur. Ceasing to intake toxic pollutants in the form of processed foods, refined sugars, and alcohol over-indulgence is the first step to liver cleansing, kicking your body’s natural cleansing abilities into gear is the second.
Organic Food, Organic Supplements
Many of these herbs are readily available in health food stores at affordable prices. Others, however, are not so easy to obtain in natural, organic form, and can be expensive if you attempt to purchase each one individually. Remember, I highly recommend you only and always invest in pure, high-quality herbs and extractions. If a supplement company isn’t willing to disclose the conditions in which its product was grown and processed, there’s a chance they’re trying to hide it. Sure, you might be able to buy discount peppermint extract. But, if the plant wasn’t grown naturally and organically, do you think it’s going to provide many of its natural benefits? Don’t take a step forward by altering your diet to include healthy foods and then two steps back by neutralizing their benefit with cheap, low-quality supplements.