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10 Early Signs Your Liver Needs A Detox

10 Early Signs Your Liver Needs A Detox

The liver is the largest internal organ of the body and second largest organ overall, after the skin. Sitting just under your rib cage, the liver performs over 500 vital functions within the body. From removing harmful toxins, waste and foreign substances from your body to storing and metabolizing nutrients, regulating blood sugar, storing vitamins, digesting fat and even preventing blood clotting, the liver does it all! It is truly an underappreciated powerhouse and without it, all of the other vitals organs of the body would cease to work properly.

But what happens if your liver gets hit with more toxins than it can handle? Well, in short, it will become toxic and stop functioning properly, which can lead to liver disease and eventually liver failure. The good news is that the liver is so powerful that it can actually regenerate itself completely, if given the proper nutrients and care. No other organ in the body is capable of such feat, however, this is only possible if you can spot the early signs of a toxic liver and correct them in time.

Here are 10 early signs your liver needs a detox ASAP!

1. Acne

A congested liver has trouble breaking down toxins efficiently, causing them to accumulate. Consequently, your body will try to find other ways to get rid of them, usually through sweat and your skin’s pores. Once the toxins get to the surface, they can irritate and inflame the skin. This is called acne.

2. Oily Skin

Your skin glands secrete sebum (a natural, oily substance) into your skin to keep it soft and supple. When your liver can no longer break down fats (oils) in the body, it will begin to store these fats within the liver (fatty liver) and flush out the excess oils through your skin’s pores. This can lead to oily skin, specifically around the nose and forehead.

3. Itchy Skin

An unhealthy liver may lead to higher levels of bile salt build-up under the skin, which can cause itching, either all-over your body or in specific areas, such as the limbs, hands or soles of your feet. Sometimes your skin may itch because of dry weather or contact with harsh chemicals, detergents or other substances that cause allergic reactions. However, if your skin itches regularly, it might be time to focus your attention on the likely source of the problem, your liver.

Itchy Skin

4. You bruise easily

One of the liver’s functions is the production of proteins that help the blood to clot. If the liver cannot operate properly, its production of proteins can quickly become impaired, which may lead to faster bruising and heavier/longer bleeding.

5. Poor eye-sight/dry eyes

Oftentimes diagnosed as Vitamin A deficiency, impaired vision can be a direct result of a toxic liver. Blurry vision, myopia, eye floaters, dry eyes and color blindness are often connected to inflammation of the liver (often times caused by chronic alcohol consumption).

6. Chronic Fatigue

The liver is responsible for turning glucose into glycogen, which is a primary form of vitality that the body utilizes for boosts of energy. This is important to keep in mind if you find yourself always feeling exhausted. Although we all experience feeling tired from time to time, if symptoms of tiredness persist for longer than 6 months, you may be suffering from chronic fatigue, which is caused by an intoxication of the liver.

Chronic Fatigue

7. Pain in the Liver Area

Do you feel aches in your upper right area of your abdomen without having suffered a trauma or injury to that region? Even though the pain may be mostly dull, it can sometimes become quite intense. This pain can stem from an overworked and toxic liver. When the liver cannot function properly, it can swell up to let you know that danger is lurking.

8. Weight-gain - especially around the abdomen

If you seem to gain weight despite eating healthier and having no overt hormonal imbalances, this may be a sign that your liver has an underlying issue. When the liver is overloaded with toxins, it can no longer properly process the toxins that you continue to ingest, and thus, will begin to store these unfiltered toxins in fat cells (i.e. weight gain). The result is an inability to loss weight unless you detoxify the liver first. (FYI, when fat cells finally release the toxins they have stored, it may cause some people to feel a little sick at first).

9. White or yellow-coated tongue, yellow eyes or skin

Commonly referred to as jaundice, poor liver health can lead to your skin, tongue or the whites of your eyes turning yellow. That is due to high levels of bilirubin in the body - a yellow pigment that is produced by the breakdown of dead red blood cells.

10. Poor digestions and nausea

If you routinely feel nauseous, especially after fatty meals, this could be a sign that your liver is not functioning properly. When the liver is toxic, it has trouble dealing with toxins that you continue to ingest or produce in the body. This leads to excess waste being circulated in the body, which sends signals of nausea to the brain in order to induce vomiting as a way to eliminate this harmful poison from the body. Other ways that the body eliminates this waste from the body include diarrhea, sneezing, excessive urination, nasal congestion, a sore throat or a runny nose.

These 10 early signs of a toxic liver are just some of the most commonly experienced and should not be ignored as they can possibly be symptoms of an underlying liver disease.

Poor digestions and nausea

While treatments for liver toxicity include significant changes in lifestyle and diet (you can read more about “How to detox the liver” here), one of the best ways to treat a toxic liver is through a targeted liver detox that is both gentle enough to be taken daily as a preventative measure and strong enough to help the liver quickly recover from a toxic state back to optimum levels health. KAT - Complete Skin Detox is a natural, daily supplement specifically formulated to purify the cells of the body by firstly detoxifying the liver. Dermatologist-trusted and packed with 22 clinically-proven ingredients, including vitamins, minerals, amino acids and ultra-foods, KAT delivers results better and faster than any other skincare supplement or product in the world, saving you time, money and the hassle of having to drastically alter your lifestyle just to enjoy the benefits of a healthy liver.

Tamara Young
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