6 Most Common Symptoms of Liver Toxicity

by DailyHealthPost Editorial

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#2 Skin Sensitivity and Skin Problems

Your liver plays a vital role in blood clotting and liver problems often result in skin problems.

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A 2013 medical study tied blood clotting problems to skin disorders and, as this 2011 study exhibits, medical doctors have long recognized the link between these 2.

Doctor Cindy Owen of the American Academy of Dermatology argues that changes in your skin like new rashes, growths, color differences, and changes in texture can be the first sign of liver problems.

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#3 High Levels of Cholesterol and Blood Clotting Disorders

Your liver processes cholesterol, so when it starts to become toxic, consequently your blood cholesterol levels rise. Improving your diet will help your liver recover and lower your cholesterol, even if liver toxicity is the culprit. The Harvard Medical School published a helpful article in 2005 that explains the liver’s role in cholesterol production and regulation.

#4 Loss of Energy and Fatigue

Your body responds with chemical messengers called cytokines when you get sick. They regulate your body’s inflammation response and in turn triggers a number of physical symptoms that make you feel like you are sick.

Increased cytokines are often seen in alcoholic liver disease. A primary type of liver toxicity researched by doctors who determined that the immune response they trigger include loss of appetite, general fatigue and lack of motivation.

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If you are feeling a loss of energy, fatigue, or general feelings of unexplained illness, it may be due to liver toxicity. Consider improving your diet and allowing your liver to recover. It can repair itself if you improve what you put into your body early enough in the process.

#5 Fluid Retention in the Abdomen

If you feel like you have fluid retention in your abdomen, it could be a dangerous sign of advanced liver disease and it needs to be treated immediately. According to doctors, fluid retention in the abdomen is the leading complication of cirrhosis—or advanced liver disease.

You will probably experience other symptoms before liver toxicity reaches this stage. If left untreated, water retention can lead to abdominal infections

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#6 Lack of Appetite

Lack of appetite or feeling full sooner—what doctors call early satiety—is frequently attributed to an increased concentration of the hormone leptin.

Studies into leptin and the liver are complex. Researchers in a 2012 study identified a link between high levels of leptin and a high fat diet and elevated leptin levels  are one recognized sign of chronic liver disease.

Conclusion

You should consult a doctor if you experience any of these six symptoms of liver toxicity. It’s important to change your diet, avoid alcohol and drugs that cause liver inflammation, or undergo treatment for liver disease.

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Pay attention to your body and keep a balanced diet, you can avoid most liver problems.

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