The liver is an essential organ in the body. An endless number of basic functions performed by your liver that are indispensable for health and correct body functioning. It is important to be able to recognize symptoms that could indicate the existence of certain problems.
You must remember that the liver has basically 3 functions: cleansing the blood by eliminating toxins and cells that are no longer useful, helping synthesize carbohydrates and lipids, while also preventing hemorrhaging. It also fulfills the fabulous function of storage. Thanks to the liver we are able to store vitamins A, D, K, and E, which are basic for obtaining energy.
Indicators of a liver problem
This is the first and the most evident symptom of a liver problem. You could feel bad after eating or you could even feel heavy in the intestines, nausea, dizziness…as well as vomiting. But you shouldn’t be alarmed. Sometimes there could be several other causes and this doesn’t exactly indicate a liver problem. But if this is a repeated problem, do not hesitate to see your doctor.
2. Pain in the upper area of your abdomen
Liver pain is located in the upper part of the abdomen, just below the ribs and can even reach up into the back. You could even experience abdominal swelling. It is possible for you to feel a burning or even fever, but if you have any of these symptoms, see your doctor. This could be due to some sort of inflammation or biliary cramp.
Jaundice presents as a skin discoloration, a yellow tone which is very apparent in the face and body. This is due to excessive amounts of bilirubin (bile) in the body and blood. This could be caused by a problem in the liver. This is one of the initial symptoms, associated mostly with contagious hepatitis.
4. Fatigue and weakness
Whenever you suffer from some sort of liver problem, it is normal for you to feel tired, exhausted, and to have very little appetite. In some occasions you could associate them with other things and overlook them, because it is normal to have one or more days of weakness. But when they are continual, when this lack of appetite and exhaustion is habitual, you should consult your physician.
In some occasions patients experience abdominal pain, they feel swollen, heavy, and very tired. You should keep a very close eye on your temperature if you have these symptoms. If you have a fever, this is synonymous with inflammation and infection. Do not overlook this.
6. Clear-colored stool
Observe your stool when you go to the bathroom. If they are clear in color this is due to a liver problem. It is also possible that you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, also associated with liver problems.
7. Body itching
This is due to the accumulation of bile underneath skin. The body itches and you feel uncomfortable because your blood reacts to all the accumulated toxins that the liver has stopped cleansing.
8. Bleeding and bruising
Another less common symptom, but which is also associated with liver problems. Bleeding frequently from the nose or bruising for no apparent reason is related to protein deficiencies due to poor liver functioning. You must keep this in mind.
All of the symptoms described here are due to liver problems, but your doctor is the one that can determine if you have fatty liver disease, inflammation due to hepatitis, etc. All of these described symptoms are usually very similar and only medical tests can verify what type of liver disease you suffer from.
How can I take care of my liver?
- Consume fruits and vegetables daily, especially those that help clean the liver: apples, kiwi, grapes, cherries, spinach, artichoke, asparagus, and radishes…
- Avoid foods that are fried or frozen, and large amounts of proteins and carbohydrates.
- Avoid beverages with sugar and alcohol.
- Consume antioxidants: oranges, lemons, blueberries, tomatoes…
- Be careful with medication consumption, they are great enemies of the liver.