Fatty Liver

Many people don’t realize that our liver has one of the most vital functions in the body – that of cleansing the body of toxins and wastes (the body then removes these wastes through our urine, feces and sweating). Compared to half a century ago, our liver has a bigger task of removing our body’s toxins and wastes because of the proliferation of toxins in the environment like air pollution, pesticides in our grown vegetables, artificial hormones in our livestock and cattle, etc.

So our liver has that most important function of keeping our bodies working in tip-top shape. But how do we know if it’s not working properly?

How to Know if You’ve Got Fatty Liver Disease

Our liver is naturally fatty. But, if the fat in our liver accounts for more than 5%-10% of the total weight of our liver, then we can safely say that we have fatty liver disease.

Apparently there are 2 types of fatty liver disease:  Alcoholic liver disease and Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver disease. Alcoholic liver disease happens when you overindulge in alcoholic beverages while the non-alcoholic liver disease happens because of high cholesterol or genetic factors.

Check for the following symptoms of a liver needing detoxification:

Allergies

A healthy liver produces antibodies which attack any allergens that attempt to penetrate the body. However, when the liver’s functioning slows down, the body stores those allergens. The brain reacts to the threat by producing histamine, a chemical that identifies the allergens for disposal. The excessive build-up of histamines in the body leads to allergy symptoms like headaches, itchiness and fogginess.

Unexplained additional weight

A liver that doesn’t work 100% on disposing of the wastes and toxins from your body will be of no use, even if you reduce your caloric intake or regularly work out. It will just store those toxins in its fat cells. As the liver is the organ responsible for metabolizing fat, when it doesn’t work properly, the fat will just circulate from your gut back through your bile and back to your organ.

Excessive Sweating

An overworked liver or one that is not functioning 100% well tends to become hot. Since the liver is a big organ, the liver transfers the heat to the rest of the body and tries to cool itself through excessive sweating.

Chronic Fatigue

Excess toxins in the body caused by a less than optimum functioning liver will prevent the metabolism of muscle tissues, resulting in fatigue and sometimes pain. Over time, the fatigue will lead to depression, moodiness and angry outbursts.

Bad Breath

Your teeth and oral hygiene are in tip-top shape, but you still have bad breath or halitosis. It seems like your liver has a problem. Consult with your medical doctor to check the cause.

Consistent Acne

Toxins in the liver and in the body may cause hormonal imbalances which may lead to acne. Skin problems may erupt because of a sluggish liver. This means no amount of cleansing or moisturizing can treat your skin problem if the liver’s functioning is not addressed.

Methods by Which You Can Improve Liver Functioning

A fatty liver can be cured with the proper diet. Obviously, reducing your high fats and oils intake will help. Shift to coconut oil when frying or cooking your foods instead of canola oil.

Also, shifting to fish instead of red meat would be good for the liver. Fish have a lot of Omega-3 Fatty Acids which can help strengthen your liver.

For breakfast, why not try a breakfast smoothie such as bananas, ginger and dandelion root to reverse this disease. Chop the banana and blend with crushed ginger root, one tablespoon of dandelion root, and one cup of Greek yogurt (can substitute with goat’s milk or carabao milk — organic and pesticide-free milk only please!). Blend and drink immediately.

Other foods that may reverse the adverse impact of a fatty liver are sweet potatoes, turmeric and guyabano (leaves made into a tea should be great; the fruit also has anti-cancer properties).

Do you have other natural, plant-based remedies for getting rid of a fatty liver? Share your tips in the comments below!

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