Is Your Liver Talking to You?
A tsunami of liver disease is sweeping through the populace. If you have endocrine problems, it probably hit you. Perhaps your endo problems whacked the liver. Or maybe vice versa. It's kind of like a tag team of misery.
But it's not just about endocrine problems. You can whack your liver in any number of ways, and none of them are a good idea. For just one example, if you allow high fructose corn syrup to cross your lips, you're asking for trouble.
Since liver problems are getting out of hand-a real epidemic-here's an idea of what to look for.
Liver disease can kill you, slowly, but doctors don't often check, so we have to know how to figure things out. Especially since blood tests rarely pick up the news in a timely manner. The good news is we can usually heal liver disease on our own-once we know.
First, let's look at skin language.
- A rash-anywhere on the body-that won't go away. It usually starts in the palms and on the soles of the feet.
- Adult acne, especially with no acne history.
- Liver disease slows down fluid circulation, and we end up with dry, really itchy skin that may tear if you scratch it.
- Bruising-for no particular reason, it seems.
- If your skin and/or eyes get a yellow tinge, it's jaundice, a sure sign of a liver in dismay.
- A web of small, broken blood vessels across the chest, shoulders and neck pretty much guarantees liver disease.
- Blotchy skin discoloration, i.e. liver spots.
Other signs of a liver in trouble
- Loss of appetite.
- Passing moments of nausea.
- Excessive thirst, with frequent urination.
- Dark urine.
- Pain in the right, upper abdomen, near the bottom of the rib cage-either in the front or back of the body. It may be a dull ache or a stabbing pain.
- Frequent headaches and dizziness.
- Bad breath and body odor.
- An endocrine system that seems to be in a death spiral.
- Gall bladder problems.
- Abdominal bloating that makes your stomach hard. Lots of things cause a poochy belly, but when it feels as hard as a cannonball, think liver.
- Mood swings with irritability and anger.
- Frequent infections, including such things as colds and candida.
- Type 2 diabetes.
- Autoimmune diseases.
- Digestive problems of all sorts.
- Overall feeling of just not feeling good.
- Weight that's unresponsive to dieting.
- Brain fog, memory problems.
- Kidney problems.
- Heat intolerance, heavy duty sweating.
- Age-related vision loss.
- Restless sleep.
- Menopausal symptoms that aren't menopause.
- Stiff hands and feet.
- Puffy eyelids in the morning.
- Heart palpitations.
- Can't motivate yourself to exercise.
- Can't lose weight.
Many of these symptoms can come from other health issues, too, but when you see yourself in more than a few, think liver.
The path to healing liver problems is described in my program Moving to Health. It's not hard, but it has a lot of moving parts.
God is good,
Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved
P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She's a patient who's been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, "Moving to Health" about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don't, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.