One in five Australians has a fatty liver and does not know it. There are some definite signs that would prompt you to consider whether your liver is struggling and in need of some love.
The liver is the largest organ of detoxification and works very hard at regulating metabolism and cleansing and detoxifying your blood.
Signs that your liver is not functioning at its best include:
- yellowing of the whites of the eyes
- brown spots and blemishes on the skin
- red capillaries on the face
- skin rashes and itchy skin
- itchy allergy affected eyes
- excessive sweating
- fatty lumps in the skin, especially on eyelids
- dark circles under eyes
- bad breath
- belly fat
- fluid retention
What is ‘fatty liver’?
A fatty liver contains excess fat deposits and the normal healthy liver tissue is partly replaced with unhealthy fats. It is usually caused by consuming too much carbohydrate foods and sugary foods such as bread, cakes, pastries, pasta, breakfast cereals and flour based foods. Eventually the excess carbohydrate raises the blood sugar and then turns to fat that the liver stores, the fat also sits on the visceral organs and under the skin which can appear as cellulite. Cellulite is often also caused by excess oestrogen which also creates symptoms of fluid retention, painful breasts and mood swings. Balancing oestrogen and other hormones requires optimal liver function and diet plays a crucial role in liver health. Other hormones affected by a sluggish liver include thyroid hormones. The thyroid hormone ‘T4′ must be converted in the liver to ‘T3′ to be used by the body. Symptoms that could warn you of a sluggish liver and reduced thyroid function include fatigue, weight gain, depression, dry skin, period problems, hair loss and cold hands and feet. If a simple blood test for thyroid function appears normal then addressing liver function could help reverse these symptoms.
Although the liver is a ‘self-detoxifying’ organ purifying and cleansing your blood, doing a liver detox a few times per year will allow the liver to function at its best and do its job more efficiently. A detox does not have to mean severely restricting dietary intake and only consuming horrible tasting juice cleanses or having a week on lemon juice, it just means taking it easy, avoiding sugar, caffeine, alcohol and refined foods and heavy meals to allow your organs to reset and revitalise and try detoxing your lifestyle at the same time! Every day we are bombarded with toxins in the environment from traffic fumes, chemicals in cleaning products and make up, pesticides, radiation from our high tech gadgets, and when we also consume toxins in our poor food choices as well as lifestyle choices such as smoking cigarettes and drinking excessive alcohol we put our liver under great stress. The reality is a lot of this is unavoidable for most people, unless you live in the country and grow your own food and don’t travel to the city, lucky for some! So if you feel like your liver could do with some help, why not challenge yourself to a detox, one day or one week, your liver will love you!
Tips to detox:
- drink at least 10 glasses of filtered water each day
- start with a glass of water with the juice of a lemon added
- eat plenty of raw or cooked vegetables and fruits (organic is best)
- make your own salad dressings from cold pressed olive oil, apple cider vinegar, mustard, fresh lemon and herbs
- consume raw nuts and seeds
- make dips for raw veggies using tahini in hummus or avocado and lemon
- swap dairy milk for almond milk
- drink a raw organic veggie juice daily, include parsley, basil, mint, carrot, beetroot, green apple, lemon, orange and ginger to really help reboot your liver
- a liver supplement such as milk thistle can help protect and renew liver cells
If you would like to be supported and guided through a liver cleanse diet to reset for a healthy summer please get in touch with me at Somerville Chiropractic on 5977 7488.
Category: Naturopathy & Nutrition