As you probably already know, the liver is an important organ as it transforms toxins into waste, which the body then removes through urine and feces. This is a rather demanding function as nowadays, our way of life is full of toxins. Unfortunately, as the time passes by, the liver can become sluggish and overwhelmed and this usually results in the inability to eliminate toxins properly. Instead, it stores them in fat cells, mostly in the belly area.
What is fatty liver disease?
Fatty liver disease is caused by an excess of fat in the liver. The liver is a naturally fatty organ, so there should be some fat in the liver at all times. But when the fat in the liver counts for more than 5% to 10% of the total weight of the liver, fatty liver disease results.
There are two types of fatty liver disease: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and alcoholic liver disease. Alcoholic liver disease is the result of overindulgence in alcoholic beverages while the non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is the result of non-alcoholic factors, like high cholesterol or genetics.
The following symptoms may indicate a liver in need of detoxification. Let’s take a look:
Unexplained weight gain
When your liver doesn’t work 100% on removing toxins from the body, reducing calories and regular workout won’t be of much help as the body stores the unfiltered toxins in its fat cells. Moreover, as the liver is responsible for metabolizing fat, when it doesn’t function properly, fat will circulate from the gut through the bile and back to the organ.
A healthy liver creates antibodies which attack allergens. However, when its functioning decreases, the body stores those allergens. The brain responds by producing histamine, a chemical which marks the allergens for removal. Excessive buildup of histamine leads to allergy symptoms like itchiness, fogginess, and headaches.
Toxins prevent the metabolism of muscle tissues, which results in ache and physical fatigue. With time, the tiredness can turn into moodiness, depression, and angry outbursts.
When the liver gets overworked, its functioning reduces and the liver becomes hot. Hence, as it is a big organ, it transfers the heat to the rest of the body and tries to cool itself through excessive sweating.
Acne that won’t go away
The toxins in the liver can cause hormonal imbalances which in turn cause acne. If this skin issue is caused by a sluggish liver, there is no external cleansing that will treat it until the liver’s functioning is improved.
If your oral health and hygiene are good, but you still suffer from a bad breath, you might have a problem with your liver. Consult your physician to be certain.
Ways to get rid of fatty liver disease?
Fatty liver disease can be reversed and eased with a proper diet. These two recipes are delicious and nutritious ways to reverse the effects of a fatty liver. Foods like dandelion root, bananas, sweet potatoes, liver, and ginger root can all help ease and reverse the effects of a fatty liver disease.
Make a breakfast smoothie with bananas, ginger and dandelion root to combat the effects of this disease.
Chop one banana and blend with one cup of Greek yogurt, crushed ginger root, two tablespoons peanut butter and one teaspoon of dandelion root. Blend and serve immediately.
Mix and match your favorite ingredients and incorporate into your diet one-to-two times a day.