All those things you eat, drink, breath and absorb through the skin makes its way past your liver, a less than 5 pound vital organ nicely nestled just under your rib cage. And any disease of, or problems with, your liver can cause some serious complications to the rest of your body.
The liver’s key functions are:
Your liver is all about breaking down stuff, either nutrients for the rest of your body’s health or toxins for elimination in an effort to preserve the rest of your body’s health.
On top of all of this, it stores glucose in ready reserve for energy demands, as well as, manufactures substances that are useful to other bodily functions, such as:
A liver can take quite a beating, but there comes a point when it can only take so much. When your liver has had enough abuse, its common symptoms and signs that it is having some problems include:
- itchy skin
- dark urine
- no appetite
- chronic fatigue
- abdominal/stomach pain and swelling
- bloody, pale or tar looking poop/stools
These symptoms and signs are your liver crying out for help. Some of your unhealthy lifestyle behaviors need a bit of adjusting. In order to calm your dark urine, jaundiced liver back down, you need to discover which of your routine(s) is the most likely offender.
- women ~ consuming more than a daily drink for many years
- men ~ consuming more than two drinks daily over a long period
Use of certain drugs, both legal and illegal, can cause dark urine and jaundice liver disease.
Overuse of acetaminophen can be toxic to your liver. Therefore, only take recommended doses of this prescription or OTC drug when necessary.
Herbal supplements and high doses of some vitamins can also be toxic to your liver:
- vitamin A
- vitamin D
- vitamin E
- vitamin K
- kombucha tea
Hepatitis viruses can be spread via blood and body fluids of those infected. To prevent this from happening never, ever:
- have unsafe sex
- share intravenous needles
- use somebody else’s razor/toothbrush
Cover your skin whenever you are using any toxic chemicals, for example:
- aerosol cleaners
Last, but not least, if you are overweight you need to get that under your control. Obesity can cause nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. This condition is having too much fat in your liver.
Both exercise and consuming a diet rich in fruits and vegetables lends your liver a hand. Heed the dark urine signs and jaundice symptoms by taking an active role in maintaining a healthy liver.
This helps you stay alive, and your liver is in full support of that goal.