The liver is the largest working organ in the human body. It weighs about three pounds and its main responsibility is to filter blood coming from the digestive tract. If you’re on medication, the liver helps metabolize it. The liver and the gallbladder work together to help digest, absorb and process all foods. If the liver is damaged or fails, the whole body shuts down. With that said, it’s essential to look out for signs that indicate your liver is being damaged.
The liver filters over one liter of blood per minute. It is involved in producing over 13,000 different types of chemicals in the body. It is responsible for producing 80% of our cholesterol. If the liver fails, we can only live for 24 hours before eventually dying.
The liver is an underappreciated organ. Most people know that we cannot live without a heart or the brain. But many people don’t know that the liver is what helps the brain and the heart function. Below are signs that indicate your liver is being damaged.
Your Stomach Is In A Flux: An early indication that your liver is being damaged is an upset stomach. This will include nausea and vomiting. These symptoms are also present for other diseases such as migraines, food poisoning, depression, and early pregnancy. So don’t jump the gun and self-diagnose yourself if you experience these symptoms. However, if these symptoms are occurring frequently, it could mean that the liver is unable to get rid of toxins in the body.
Feeling Weak: If you’re tired from a long workout at the gym, or a long day at work, it doesn’t mean your liver is damaged. But if you get your eight hours of sleep and have a healthy diet, there may be a cause for concern. When the liver is not functioning properly, the rest of the body overworks itself to keep functioning. This will result in chronic fatigue. The excess toxins in the body soak up all the protein that your body needs for energy. Since the liver cannot get rid of the toxins, the body begins to slow down.
Not Hungry: If your liver is being damaged, it won’t produce a lot of bile, which is what helps digest fat. Food that is not properly digested will lead to a loss of appetite and unhealthy weight loss.
Digestion Issues: As I just mentioned, the liver is responsible for producing bile which helps process nutrients which are absorbed by smaller intestines. Once the liver fails, the bile will not be produced properly. This can lead to irritable bowel syndrome, alcohol intolerance, constipation, and abdominal bloating.