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Signs of Poor Liver Function & Ways to Improve It

Updated: Aug 23, 2023

The liver is the most important organ of metabolism in the body and your overall health and vitality is determined to a large extent by how healthy your liver function is.

If your liver isn’t healthy, you won’t be either.

The liver needs to break down hormones, antibodies, chemicals from food and packaging, prescription drugs, pesticides, alcohol, bacteria, toxic metals and a whole range of other things that we’re exposed to every single day. You can only imagine the load placed on our liver in our modern world.

Not only that, but our diet also generally doesn’t support healthy liver function either. If the liver can’t do it’s job properly or can’t deal with the sheer amount of detoxification that’s required, symptoms and disease will be the result.

Here are some of the signs of poor liver function:

  • Nausea

  • Fat intolerance

  • Constipation

  • Flatulence

  • Skin issues like eczema, psoriasis or milia

  • PMS

  • Anger

  • Headaches

  • Bad breath

  • Food intolerances

  • Medication intolerances

  • Dark circles under the eyes

All of these things are generally treated as individual problems with no attention whatsoever given to the cause. A cream for your eczema, the pill for your PMS and Panadol for your headaches, but what if it's your liver that need support to get relief from symptoms? You've just given your liver even more work to do!! Results from conventional treatments tend to be very limited and short lived because you haven’t dealt with the underlying issue. This is what we do as Naturopath's, find the underlying causes and address them to get relief from symptoms and prevent recurrence. Click here to work with us.

When you support the proper functioning of the liver, the detoxification pathways and minimise your toxic load, not surprisingly you'll often see a whole range of symptoms improve and/or disappear.

A women holding a picture of an unhealthy liver
Could Poor Liver Function be Contributing to your Symtpoms?

Much can be done to support the health of the liver and it’s function and here are a few of the ways you can do that.

  • Minimise your toxic load – Click here for more simple ways to start reducing your exposure to everyday chemicals that place a heavy load on the liver.

  • Add foods to your diet that enhance and support healthy liver function:

    • 1-2 cups per day of cruciferous vegetables eg. broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale, bok choy, cabbage.

    • Schisandra Berries are one of my favourite liver herbs - the dried berries are the main ingredient in our Focus tea and it's a great idea to eat the berries once you've finished your tea for to provide even more support for the liver.

    • Add turmeric to your diet several times a week.

  • Get help from a professional that can work with you to understand what the drivers of your condition how to improve the function of the organs involved. You can book your appointment here.

When we support the body's natural ability to heal and thrive, amazing things can happen.

Belinda x

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