The main function of the liver is to filter the blood coming from the digestive system before transferring it to the rest of the body. The liver also removes chemicals and metabolizes drugs.
In this case, the liver secretes bile, which is returned to the intestines. The liver is a big deal, right?
However, this organ can suffer from disabling diseases such as cirrhosis, jaundice, fatty liver and the like.
Here are some signs of your body that you should not ignore and that are cause for concern that your liver is not working properly.
Lack of appetite
Because bile is not produced in sufficient quantity, food cannot be processed properly, especially fats from food. This is why you don’t feel hungry on a regular basis
weakness and fatigue
Feeling constantly tired is a very common symptom associated with many other diseases. But due to an increase in toxins in the blood, which can also be caused by a malfunction in another organ, your brain does not receive enough “good” oxygenated blood. Always consider these symptoms with others and not alone when diagnosing liver problems.
We mentioned that food should not be processed regularly, especially fats from food. You may experience diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome, especially when eating fatty, quality foods such as nuts and sunflower seeds. If this becomes a serious problem for you, see your doctor for preventative care.
Yellow pigmentation of the tongue, fingertips and eyes is called jaundice. This is the result of an increase in bilirubin in the blood, as well as in body tissues. Jaundice is also a symptom of problems with the bladder as well as the pancreas, so you should see a doctor if you have these symptoms.
Fluid retention, especially in the ankles and feet, is also an early symptom of liver dysfunction. It is similar to ascites, but the difference is that the fluid accumulates in the lower extremities. It can also be caused by a hormonal imbalance but is more common in women.
Diarrhea, constipation or bleeding in the digestive system – since the liver creates clotting factors, a lack of them causes bleeding in the intestines.
The color of your chair is different
Due to the lack of bile, the color of the stool also changes, becoming paler and lighter. If it happens from time to time, it might be because of what you ate that day, but if it happens regularly, then it is a sure sign of liver dysfunction.
Change in urine color
Dehydration can make your urine dark, but if you think you’re drinking enough fluids, especially water, and your urine is still dark, you may have liver problems. Again, bilirubin levels are high because the liver cannot get rid of it through the kidneys.
This is a very common symptom in almost every stomach disease, flu, etc. But if it is followed by nausea, vomiting, migraine and dizziness, it may only be in the liver.
There are many other symptoms that indicate that the liver is not working at full capacity. An abnormal liver can also cause hormonal imbalance* (breasts in men and extra body hair in women), decreased libido, etc. However, when you are diagnosed with something, you should always pay attention to any symptoms and be sure to seek a second opinion from your doctor or health care professional.