The liver plays a vital role in the proper functioning of the body, because it gets rid of the accumulated toxins in the body through the feces and urine.

Nowadays, we are exposed to pollutants and environmental toxins, which our body cannot eliminate, so the waste is stored inside the fat cells. If the fat stored in the liver is over 5 – 10 % of the total body weight, it may cause fatty liver disease. The accumulation of fatty tissue can cause liver damage, including scarring and inflammation.

There are two types of fatty liver disease:

– Alcoholic fatty liver disease, which is caused by increased alcohol consumption.
– Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which is caused by non-alcoholic factors, like genetics or high levels of cholesterol.

COMMON SIGNS OF FATTY LIVER DISEASE

Some of the most common signs of fatty liver disease include:

1. Chronic fatigue

Toxins hinder the metabolism of muscle tissue, which in turn causes physical fatigue and pain. Moreover, fatigue leads to depression, confusion, trouble concentrating, impaired judgment, energy loss and anger.

2. Unexplained weight gain

If the proper functioning of the liver is impeded, the toxins are stored in the fat cells. The fat goes from the gut, through the bile, to the liver, which causes weight gain.

Liver issues can affect the ability of the body to digest food and absorb nutrients, which in turn can cause changes in weight.

3. Allergies

When the liver functions properly, it produces antibodies that prevent allergies. If the liver does not function properly, the body cannot eliminate the allergens. As a result of this, the brain releases histamine, a chemical that marks the allergens that should be removed from the body.

If there is a high level of allergens in the body, it experiences allergy symptoms, like fogginess, itchiness and headaches.

4. Acne

The accumulation of fat in the liver may cause hormonal imbalances. Moreover, hormonal imbalances lead to skin acne. The acne cannot be treated externally if it is caused by improper functioning of the liver.

5. Sweating

An overworked liver usually gets hot and carries the heat through the entire body. This also leads to excessive sweating.

6. Bad breath

Bad breath may be another symptom of liver fatty disease.

7. Jaundice

Jaundice represents a condition, which is manifested with yellowing of the skin and the eyes. Jaundice is one of the most common symptoms of fatty liver disease. If the bile flow is obstructed, small, itchy bumps appear on the eyelids and the skin. Due to the liver dysfunction, the levels of bilirubin in the blood increase, which leads to yellow deposits on the skin’s surface.

8. Urine color

If you experience jaundice, you will notice changes in the urine color, which will appear dark. The toxins in the body are normally processed by the liver. However, if the liver does not function properly, the toxins are transferred to the urine. In addition, you may notice that the urine has an unusual pungent and strong odor.

Changes in the feces constitution and color may occur, too. Stools may become clay-colored or whitish with severe odor.

9. Abdominal pain

Liver failure or liver disease may lead to abdominal pain. You may experience discomfort in the upper part of the abdomen, which may be a sign of internal bleeding. If the blood vessels in the gastrointestinal tract get inflamed, you may also experience vomiting and blood in the stool.

10. Fluid retention

Fatty liver disease may lead to ascites, a condition which is caused by fluid retention in the liver or the abdomen. Due to fluid retention, ascites leads to tight abdomen. It may also cause breathing difficulties due to the pressure on the internal organs.

FATTY LIVER DISEASE TREATMENT

Changes in the lifestyle habits may help you treat fatty liver disease. Firstly, you should include more healthy foods, such as: ginger, bananas, sweet potatoes and dandelion root in your diet. Secondly, avoid consuming fast food and processed food.

Here are 2 breakfast recipes, which will help you support liver function:

1. Blend a banana, a cup of Greek yoghurt, ginger root (crashed), 1 teaspoon of dandelion root and 2 tablespoons of peanut butter. Consume this smoothie 1 – 2 times on a daily basis.

2. Blend ginger, dandelion root and a banana. Consume this smoothie 1 – 2 times a day to prevent symptoms of fatty liver disease.

Reference: Active Beat