Liver is the second largest organ in the body and by itself helps to detox the body (like the kidneys and the skin) of the accumulated poisons. Toxins come in all forms: pollutants in the air, chemicals from our food and cosmetics, chemically treated or sometimes contaminated water, etc. This causes the detoxifying organs themselves to be overburdened and stressed.
Read on to find out 8 alarm signals that your body would send out telling you that you need a liver detox soon.
✔ Frequent abdominal bloating
Gas and bloating in the abdomen that may cause frequent abdominal cramps can be an early signal that your liver needs a detox.
✔ Skin changes
Itchy or blotchy skin, sudden appearance of dark patches in the skin, dry patches, dark patches/spots (also called liver spots) on the skin may be indications that the skin is not able to release its toxins efficiently. The skin would definitely do better with a liver detox in this case.
✔ High cholesterol levels
Liver is the primary organ in the body that is responsible for the production of cholesterol. Inability of the body to regulate fat in the body can cause a rise in LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels in your body signaling the need for a liver detox.
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✔ Mental fog
Toxin buildup in the blood can occur when the liver is unable to the filter poisons effectively. It may happen that eventually these toxins travel to the brain and give rise to a condition called hepatic encephalopathy. This gives rise to symptoms such as confusion, not being able to remember certain things and difficulty in making decisions. Continued inability to focus on tasks and rising mental fog surely indicates that a liver detox needs to be done.
✔ Unexplained weight gain
A liver that is not functioning optimally is unable to metabolize fat in the body. This shows up as sudden increase in weight gain and fat builds up in the body especially around the abdomen. Visceral fat also increases. Sudden appearance of rolls of fat around the tummy may be an indication to clean up the liver.
✔ Mood swings and depression
When the toxins make their way to the brain, they affect your mood in addition to affecting your memory. Unexplained frequent mood swings, depression and anxiety can all be due to the fact that your liver needs to be cleansed soon. Toxin buildup in the bowels and the liver itself can cause depression.
✔ Yellowed skin
If your skin takes on a yellow hue or there is a sudden appearance fatty yellow lumps around the eyes, it may be that your liver is clogged up with unhealthy toxins and is not able to effectively screen them out. When the liver becomes clogged with unhealthy fat, it eventually leads to a condition called fatty liver that can give rise to many further complications.