Is Your Liver Inflamed?

Did you know that waking up between the hours of 1 and 3 AM can mean that your liver isn't functioning properly?
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The liver is an organ that suffers when subjected to junk food, bad habits, stress, repressed emotions, pollution, etc.  This manifests itself in the body in many ways including vision problems, crow’s feet, poor circulation, problems with digestion, and seasonal fatigue, to name a few.

Is your liver inflamed? In this article, we’ll cover the most common signs and symptoms that your liver is inflamed and what you can do to treat and prevent it to avoid illness and improve your quality of life.

Vision Problems

Traditional Chinese medicine tells us that the liver is directly related to vision problems, as they are located along the same meridian in the body.  Obviously, there are other factors, like genetics, that can influence the health of our eyes, but if you’re suffering from a visual impairment (like myopia, astigmatism, or presbyopia, for example) you should check yourself for some of the signs and symptoms discussed below.

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Insomnia from 1-3 AM

Every organ has a time of day at which it’s most active, during which it regenerates as part of the body’s natural defenses.  The liver, for instance, is most active from 1 to 3 AM.  So, if you find yourself suddenly waking up between these hours, it could be an indication that your liver isn’t functioning properly.

Keep in mind, however, that eating too large a meal or too late in the evening will also affect the quality of your sleep at night.




Crow’s Feet

Wrinkles that appear underneath and around the eyes can also be a sign of poor liver function, especially if they appear alongside vision problems.  Crow’s feet, especially if they’re appearing prematurely, are a sure sign to pay closer attention to your liver.  If we want to treat these annoying lines on the face, we need to start from the inside out by caring for our internal organs.

Poor Circulation

Are you surprised to learn that circulation and the liver are intimately connected?  The liver is responsible for purifying the blood; therefore, its proper functioning is vital to good circulation. So if you’re suffering from varicose veins or hemorrhoids at a young age, not only will you need to treat them locally, you’ll also need to regulate liver function.

Poor Digestion

The liver is part of the digestive system and is especially important for the digestion of fats, thanks to the bile it produces and stores in the gall bladder. If you find it hard to digest fatty foods, you can help your liver and keep it from getting overworked.  It’s much better to eat smaller meals more often; this keeps the load off the liver and allows it to function more efficiently.  Adding a little lemon juice to foods will also help you better digest fats.

Constipation is also associated with poor liver function, among other things.

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Irregular Periods

As we said earlier, the liver is closely tied with the blood, so it is not surprising that it’s also associated with all sorts of menstrual complaints, like cramps, PMS, irregular periods, etc.

Abdominal Pain

As a result of indigestion, we may experience symptoms such as pain, swelling and pressure in the abdomen, marked by a crushing pain over the ribs on the right side.  When the liver is inflamed, it presses outwards on the surrounding areas causing the trouble.

Migraines

Migraines can be caused by many things, but some of them, especially if recurring, are related to problems with digestion and an overworked liver.  In this case, the migraines tend to occur with menstruation, eating or drinking too much, or with exposure to toxins (tobacco smoke, pollution, etc.).  These migraines are the result of an overworked liver trying to detoxify the body.

Seasonal Fatigue

When spring arrives, we often feel more tired than normal and it seems to take a lot more effort just to get through the day.  If this tends to occur during the changing of the seasons, you may need to fortify your liver with some natural remedies or green juices.

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