The liver. It’s like the Cinderella of your entire system. It’s your body’s largest internal organ and has hundreds of functions, filtering toxins and foreign substances from the bloodstream, breaking them down, and excreting them. But it doesn’t have a Fairy Godmother or cute little mice to help when the going gets tough. It’s working 24/7, with little rest, and zero respect.
Can you tell I‘m living with a princess-obsessed four year old? But I digress.
Some of these toxins are produced within, including excess hormones and neurotransmitters, but the majority come from external sources – the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the stuff we put on our skin.
When your liver becomes overworked as a result of stress or excessive exposure to toxins, your entire system can be thrown off balance, and your health can be severely compromised.
How, you ask?
Key nutrient deficiencies, that’s how.
Since the liver is also responsible for producing bile, another form of detoxification that is metabolically necessary for the breakdown and assimilation of fats and proteins from your food, if it’s not firing on all cylinders, your body is unable to cleanse itself and absorb nutrients, which is a recipe for disaster, leading to some of the following ailments that you might otherwise have chalked up to “part of life”. Not so much, my friends.
4 Signs that your liver is STRESSED:
1. Digestive problems
Constipation, belly bloat, and ongoing indigestion all relate to liver stress. The liver is supposed to release bile that helps to break down food and lubricate the intestines. In weak or stressed livers, this process is compromised.
2. Aches and pains
The liver helps to purify and produce new blood. When it’s out of balance, sufficient amounts of healthy blood may not be reaching tendons, muscles, and tissues, leading to reduced flexibility and tension in those areas, as well as arthritis.
Because the liver is responsible for storing excess glucose for energy usage later, if stressed, this function is compromised. Not to mention, the build up of toxins that occur as from the liver not removing waste efficiently can bog down other organs and bodily processes. It’s like when you have too many windows open on your computer. How does it run? S-L-O-W…
4. Mood swings
Since our bodies and minds are connected, when the liver becomes stagnant, so do our emotions. Feelings of depression, anger, irritability, and impatience are common with liver stress. Liver stress can cause difficulty in making decisions, poor judgement, and brain fog.
But wait, there’s more!
In addition to the above buzz killers, the following symptoms have been linked to a stressed out liver:
- Bad breath
- Sugar cravings
- Fluid retention
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Erratic blood sugar
- Hormone imbalance
- Compromised immune system
- Skin rashes or breakouts
Do any of these sound familiar?
The good news is that it is all reversible with a good old-fashioned vay-cay for Cinderelly. A vacation that includes time away from its usual workload, spa treatments, and delicious, healing food.
Can I get an amen?
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What if you want to detox but are very underweight already?
Yes I have the same question. I need to detox but I am underweight and actually need to gain weight and replenish my body of nutrients and minerals after being stressed, having a baby, nursing, and stressed some more. So would this be recommended for me who needs to gain weight?
I would love to find a recommendation as well as the two posts above. If you can comment back that would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
I am no doc but i would eat less meat for a week and healty fats like avocado and make sure you drink lots of water and rest enough. Go easy on processed foods and try to eat more raw natural foods. Almost like a vegan but not off meat entirely. Good luck, no alcohol should do the trick, dont be afraid to get to the doctor if your worried!
A significant contributor to liver stress is medications of all kinds, and alcohol. It’s not just old people: many young people are on antidepressants, plus maybe an oral contraceptive, and then throw in alcohol, the occasional NSAID, antibiotic. Add to that a processed diet, and it’s a toxic mess for the liver to have to process. (High-fructose corn syrup harms the liver much like alcohol does; that’s why children are now getting cirrhosis/ fatty liver.)