Hello, The liver is basically involved in every metabolic process that takes place in your body, So make sure you've watched this video from beginning to end because as we start talking about the most common signs and symptoms of liver stress, The whole point is to understand the mechanism so you can fit the pieces together and really start impacting your health coming right up.
Sign number One, Hemochromatosis.
You don't need the genetic test because the only treatment for this is to give blood. If there's a whole lot of stuff wrong with your blood then they just do bloodletting and throw it away. But if there's nothing majorly wrong, you just have a lot of iron, then go to the red cross and donate some blood and they'll love you for it.
Sign number two, Xanthelasma.
That's a fancy word(Called Xanthelasma) for yellow and plaque. If this shows up on the inside corner of the eye that's the label they give it and these are cholesterol deposits. Normally the liver produces bile and bile is like a detergent, it's breaking up grease. So when you have a fatty meal, the liver has made the bile and the gallbladder stores the bile and the gallbladder squirts out some bile that breaks up the fat. But if the liver is stressed or have liver disease, you're not going to make as much bile, also don't have the proper fat metabolism, and part of fat metabolism is Cholesterol metabolism and cholesterol breakdown.
So if you don't produce enough bile then some of this cholesterol can end up in the wrong places.
Sign number three, Jaundice.
That basically is just a condition of being yellow and you can have the yellow on the skin or you can have it on the eye even in the earlier stages. This sclera is on the white portion of the eye and this color comes from red blood cells. When red blood cells are broken down and recycled, then one of the end products that the liver is responsible for is called bilirubin. This bilirubin is then discarded in the bile and that's what provides the brown color of your stool.
If the liver can't finish this process properly and put it in the bile, then this bilirubin starts spreading. It's not being discarded properly and it ends up in other tissues. And now the color appears as yellow on the skin.
The eye sign number four thing to look for is changes in bowel habits.
One of the most common signs of liver disease is diarrhea, especially chronic diarrhea and it's very poorly understood. They don't really understand why, but it's one of the strongest associations to liver disease. Another thing is called Steaturia which means fatty stool, and this one is very plain and simple because again it comes from the liver not making enough bile. If we don't break down and digest the fat, then it's going to stay in the digestive tract as part of the stool, it's gonna be pale because of the extra fat. And also from the lack of bilirubin that we're not getting from the bile and it's gonna float because fat is lighter.
Sign number five is itching and burning.
This happens because of bile retention. The bile is supposed to contain toxins to be discarded. But if we can't get rid of the bile if it's stuck, if it's not flowing properly then these toxins end up stuck in the body. And one of the most common places is feet and hands. And why is that? Because it has to do with circulation, circulation Is what brings things to the tissues and it's what removes toxins and junk and debris from the tissues. And you could have this because of liver congestion and it could be made worse by type 2 diabetes. And the reason we so often see this is in the feet and the hands. A lot of problems happen there is because they are the furthest from the heart. So because of lack of circulation the further it is from the heart, the harder it is to bring nutrients there and to remove toxins from theirs.
Sign number six thing that you might notice is poor vision.
There is a vitamin associated with eyesight called vitamin A. And this is a fat-soluble vitamin. So when the liver and the bile are not working now we can't digest and absorb and utilize the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E And K. So without vitamin A we're gonna have disturbances possible degeneration of general vision but especially of night vision. So if you have poor vision at night called night blindness, That could very well be some liver stress.
Sign number seven is Allergies.
That a lot of people don't realize and that's allergies. Whether it's food sensitivities or environmental reactions may maybe it seems like you're reacting to just about everything that you eat. There are so many different foods that you get a reaction to. That could be liver congestion or liver toxicity. Same thing with environmental reactions if you have hay fever. If you are reactive to pollen and ragweed and things like that or even pets, that could be a toxic liver because the less power the liver has, the less function in the liver, the more junk accumulates in the rest of the body, and the more junk there is the more reactions. The more tendency for the immune system to overreact to be hypersensitive to various different things.
Sign number eight is called Ascites/Edema.
Which is a special form of edema and what are these things they're fluid accumulations and basically it's a form of leakage where the water leaks out of the vascular system and into the surrounding tissues and this is caused by something called hypoalbuminemia. If you recall on the earlier slides we talked about albumin as being a sponge. That's why we have these things up here. Think sponge Because these little proteins, they're very tiny particles and they hold water to them. They create osmotic pressure.
Why is that so important? Because think blood pressure when the heart squeezes really hard and the pressure inside the blood in the arteries is so much higher than the surrounding tissues. What is it that keeps the water from just leaking out from the blood pressure, squeezing the water, the fluid out into the surrounding tissues? And the answer is that the albumin acts like a sponge. If the liver is suffering if the liver is underperforming and it can't make enough albumin. That's a really big deal because now we have less albumin means less sponge activity, less osmotic pressure, more leakage.
What can that look like? Well, here is one example called pitting edema. So if you push into the tissues it's sort of like one of these memory foam mattresses you push and it just keeps going for a long time and then you remove your finger and the indentation is still there and it stays there for several minutes. That's because of tissue fluid leakage. And ascites is the exact same thing. But now the leakage happens in the abdominal cavity. So these people might have a distended stomach that kind of looks like a big belly with fatty liver.
Sign number ten is fatigue, and this is actually the most common complaint.
And even though it's the most common complaint, they don't really understand why this is happening. They have a number of different theories, but they have understood and observed they don't understand it necessarily.
They have observed that there's a change in the neural transmission, So the brain and the body always talk back and forth, back and forth. And whenever the liver has stressed, this changes the signals in the broad in the nervous system, and they don't really understand why.
If we just sort of use a little bit of logic, we might think that because the liver is so critical to every form of metabolic process in the body, and it is so critical to the energy production of the body of maintaining ketones and blood sugar. So forth, Then if the liver is really stressed then it's not so strange that it wouldn't be able to produce the proper energy and the proper blood sugar.
Another way we can think about this is that when you're sick, your body likes to allocate the resources differently. It doesn't want to fight a war, it wants to heal the inside organs, It wants to fight off if you have an infection or if you need to heal something. So being in a healing state will very often produce tremendous fatigue. Now if you have a fatty liver or a toxic liver or liver disease, whatever you wanna call it, what do you do about it?