The main function to the liver is to clean the body from toxins, i.e. it turns the toxins into a waste that is then expelled from the organism through the urine. That is why the liver is a very important organ and needs to be healthy in order to work properly at all times.
How the Liver Functions
The liver performs body detox in two stages:
The enzymes in the liver neutralize the poisonous effect of toxins, making them less harmful to the organism.
Next, the liver combines these toxins with other chemical compounds to make them soluble in water, and thus more easily removed from the body.
Toxins enter our bodies from the environment – the air, cars, water, plastic, and factories are the most important sources. You cannot avoid being exposed to toxins, no matter how healthy your way of life is. Even if you are physically active, eat a balanced diet, or drink only purified water.
When the liver gets ‘lazy’, the toxins cannot be efficiently expelled from the body and accumulate in the fatty tissue. Sometimes, this might be a reason why you cannot lose weight no matter how hard you try.
The good news is that there are signs when the liver’s function has decreased. If you learn how to recognize them, you’ll be able to react on time and avoid more extensive damage.
Signs of a ‘Lazy’ Liver
Dizziness and lightheadedness
Trouble digesting fats
Mood swings, anxiety, and depression
Severe migraines and headaches
Stomach problems including diarrhea, gasses, constipation, stomachache, bloating
Removed gall bladder
Pain in the joints or muscles
Multiple chemical sensitivity
Unexplained weight gain
If you notice one or more of the above-listed symptoms, you should clean your liver by changing the diet first. Focus on healthier foods like fruits and vegetables, stop eating refined and processed foods, and balance your portions.