Did you know that your liver’s functions go far beyond processing alcohol, drugs and medications? In fact, your liver plays an integral role in how you think, how you feel and how well your entire body functions. A sluggish liver and fatigue are linked, as are fogging mind and liver function issues like constant fatigue, brain fog and more. To learn more about why this is happening to you right now, I invite you to read on.
What is the liver?
The liver is one of the largest organs in your body and performs many functions. It produces bile that helps you digest food. It stores sugar for when your blood sugar level drops. It removes toxins from your body such as alcohol, drugs or poisons. Your liver also produces proteins needed to make new blood cells. And it makes clotting factors to help stop bleeding when you get injured. If any of these tasks are interrupted, other parts of the body can start to malfunction. People who have a sluggish liver often experience symptoms like fatigue and a foggy mind. When people drink alcohol, their liver’s ability to remove toxins decreases so they feel drunker than they actually are. Because their brain doesn’t sense how intoxicated they actually are, their judgment is impaired which may lead them to do things they might not normally do. These effects on the liver could be seen in an increase in risky behaviors such as unprotected sex and driving under the influence.
What causes a sluggish liver?
A sluggish liver can be caused by many things, such as an unhealthy lifestyle or diet. The most common cause is alcohol abuse. Chronic infections in the body also have a negative effect on the health of your liver. Stress is also known to damage your liver if it’s continual and long-term. It can lead to cirrhosis if left untreated. Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver tissue. There are two types of cirrhosis: Alcoholic Cirrhosis which is related to excessive drinking, and Nonalcoholic Cirrhosis which has no relation to alcoholism.
When symptoms develop early enough, you may be able to reverse some of the effects with dietary changes and supplements for vitamin deficiencies such as B vitamins. If symptoms don’t get better after six months though, you should seek medical help. Your doctor will probably ask about your past and family history of liver disease, since there’s a chance that you’re predisposed to developing one. They’ll then do blood tests to assess how well your liver functions and check for signs of any damage. Lastly they’ll decide whether they want you to take medication or not. If so, they’ll tell you what type of medication and how often it needs to be taken.
How to treat low-functioning liver?
You might not know it, but your liver is one of the most important organs in your body. It does so much for you! Besides breaking down alcohol and helping digest food, your liver also helps keep you alive by producing bile that helps break down fats so they can be digested. When this organ is functioning properly, it’s usually easy to live life without worrying about anything. But when your liver isn’t working as well as it should, there are many symptoms that will appear. If these symptoms persist or worsen over time, then it’s time to get help from your doctor. They’ll give you medication or supplements to make sure everything runs smoothly again. The goal is always to return your liver back to normal functioning. In order for you to maintain good health, here are some tips on how you can avoid becoming ill: 1) Drink enough water every day (a gallon at least), 2) take care of yourself with exercise and rest, 3) eat healthy foods-don’t indulge in fatty foods too often (the liver doesn’t work as hard when processing them), 4) don’t drink alcohol excessively or use drugs.
How does your liver impact your mental health?
The liver is responsible for making glycogen to store in your muscles for when you need it. It also breaks down fat so you can use it as fuel. The liver regulates levels of glucose in your blood by breaking down carbohydrates and converting them to sugar. If your liver isn’t functioning properly, then you’re more likely to feel tired because your body won’t have enough energy stored. You’ll also have mood swings, trouble concentrating, and will experience symptoms such as nausea or vomiting. Mental health issues that are linked to a sluggish liver include depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbances. When the liver is not working at full capacity, the toxins accumulate and this puts stress on other organs like your heart. There are many treatments for people with a sluggish liver including various medicines like antidepressants and beta blockers which help control blood pressure. Other treatment options may be discussed with one’s doctor depending on what type of condition they have. These treatments include various medicine types such as antidepressants and beta blockers which help control blood pressure. However, it is important to keep in mind that these conditions can be temporary or chronic but there are steps one can take to make their life easier while they wait for their liver function to recover.
It can’t be proven more so than “no liver, no life”! Don’t take fatigue lightly if consistency worsens. There are no early warnings to a Sluggish Liver. Liver damage can progress all sudden and be too late for treatment. The effects of a fogging mind and liver fatigue are connected. It’s never too late to feel your best. If you think your liver is sluggish due to unhealthy habits, ask your doctor about your liver health.
Until our beautiful minds meet again, be safe out there. Many blessings and much love. Remember Everyday Minds Matter – Della 💞🦋