Your liver is a key part of your digestive system, responsible for cleaning out toxins from your blood, processing medicines, producing bile, helping you digest fat, storing glucose and producing proteins for clotting your blood, among many other things.
It’s also a fairly forgiving organ, able to regenerate cells up to a point, but repeated damage to the liver leads to inflammation, scarring, and cirrhosis. This causes it to shrink and harden, and changes the structure of the liver, preventing it from functioning well. A high intake of alcohol or toxins, a diet high in fat, and some viral infections, such as hepatitis, can cause damage to the liver.
Liver disease doesn’t usually cause any symptoms until the damage to the liver is fairly advanced. Here’s a list of tips to help you see when your liver is crying for help. To the rescue!
6. Liver area pain
Feeling achy in the upper right area of your abdomen is a sign that your liver might be in trouble. Usually, it is a dull pain. However, at times it becomes quite intense. Remember that the liver’s job is to detoxify and help the body filter out waste as well as help the body digest food into nutritional products. When your liver is affected by a disease, it cannot operate efficiently, it swells painfully, and the body sends the signs of toxicity.
5. Leg and ankle swelling
When you ignore the problem, your poor liver tries to repair itself at the cost of forming scar tissue. The more scar tissue there is, the tougher it is for the liver to function, which finally leads to portal hypertension. The latter causes fluid to accumulate in the legs (edema). The good news is that the swelling is painless. It may affect both legs, the calves, or the thighs. However, the gravity effect makes the swelling most visible in the lower part of the body.
4. Gaining weight
Every year, more and more people start a healthy diet and work out, but they still struggle with weight issues. If you experience weight gain that does not seem to stem from overeating or hormone malfunction, you might want to discuss improper liver function with your doctor.
What happens is the liver cannot deal with all the toxins coming in (alcohol, artificial sweeteners, a high-fat diet, certain medications, etc). The only thing the liver can come up with is to store the unfiltered toxins in fat cells. This mess will not let you lose weight unless you help your body to cleanse the overworked liver.