10 Early Signs of Liver Disease You Shouldn’t Ignore
The symptoms of liver disease are often difficult to detect, masquerading as an indistinct general feeling of being less than “one hundred percent”. Our bodies tell us when there is something wrong. Pain is not always the harbinger of harm, there are many other much more subtle symptoms of liver disease.
The liver is the largest organ inside of the body and is integral in the removal of waste and toxins from the blood stream. All too often, we live our lives blissfully unaware of the damage we may be inflicting upon this vital organ. Recognizing these ten early signs of liver disease and taking preventative measures could subvert serious consequences.
Fatigue, or the feeling of tiredness, is a consequence of our modern lives. However, this may also be an early symptom of liver disease. Oxygen in the blood creates energy, but if your blood is packed with toxins your energy levels will exponentially decrease, resulting in fatigue. The feeling of needing an excess amount of sleep may be an indicator of a gluten intolerance as well. Examination of your diet and lifestyle, specifically alcohol intake, may indicate the need for a healthier regimen.
Jaundice is a condition which causes yellowing of the skin and eyes. Stool may be of a lighter color, and urine may darken if you have this condition. Jaundice is a distinct symptom of liver disease. Bilirubin, a pigment usually removed by a healthy liver, is the culprit of this warning sign. A normally functioning liver will remove this pigmentation from the blood, however a diseased liver is incapable of performing this function.
Stomach problems may be another indicator of a dysfunctioning liver. Stomach issues like nausea or acid reflux may be the result of numerous medical conditions, however if even the blandest, simplest foods cause you to experience an excess of acid in your stomach or a feeling of nausea, your liver may be compromised. Gluten intolerance may cause these symptoms as well, however if you drink an excess of alcohol and consume a large amount of processed foods this may be an indicator of liver disease. Only a medical doctor will be able to determine if your stomach problems are the result of liver disease or another problem.
Feeling Of “Unwellness”
Another unfortunate consequence of our modern lives is a general feeling of “just not well”. We become accustomed to this malaise, we forget what feeling well or good is like. This insidious symptom may be another early indicator of liver disease. This feeling of “unwellness” may be the result of a buildup of toxins in the blood stream. A healthy liver removes these toxins. The lack of pain does not indicate that the liver is functioning as it should, the symptoms may be much more subtle.
A swollen stomach may occur if you have a condition called ascites. This swelling can continue down into the legs and feet as well. This is a fluid retention, and may lead to serious consequences. If you have this symptom, stop drinking alcohol immediately and complete a full liver cleanse. A healthy plant based diet consisting of at least seven to nine servings of fruit and vegetables daily will promote healthy liver function. As always, consult a medical doctor, as ascites can have dire consequences to your health.
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