6 Signs Your Liver is Stressed out and Needs Help
1-The Pill, High Cholesterol and Liver enzymes
Here are some early signals that your liver is struggling and in need of some help. The first sign you have a sluggish liver is you have High Cholesterol. As I said earlier, one of the main functions of the liver is to maintain a healthy level of fats in the bloodstream. For an average person, approximately 80% of the cholesterol is generated by the liver. A sluggish liver will show up as:
- Elevated low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad cholesterol”
- Reduced high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, or “good cholesterol” which is the precursor for your hormone production
- Elevation triglycerides
- Elevated ALT and AST liver enzymes
- Weight gain
- Heart disease
#2 The Pill, Bile Flow, Bloating and IBS
The 2nd area indicating that the liver is struggling is Digestive Problems. Bloating, Belching, Gas, abdominal pain after eating.
Out of the many functions that the liver performs, the most important is to produce bile, which helps in digestion through the process of emulsification of lipids.
You may remember that in the last video where we talked about the Gallbladder, I said that the liver and Gall bladder work together we talked about how important bile flow is- well
A sluggish liver produces less bile or can cause bile sludge, (it’s the Liver that makes the Bile and it’s the Gallbladder that stores the bile and then squirts it into the intestines to help digestion.
*If you don’t have a Gall bladder, I recommend that you start taking this
Digestive Problems associated with poor Bile flow or Bile Production
If the liver is not producing enough bile than a person may experience symptoms such as
- Bloating of the abdomen especially when protein or fat is consumed.
- Inability to digest fatty foods
- Loss of appetite
#3 The Pill Allergies, Rashes and Skin conditions
The 3rd areas involves allergies and skin conditions. Let me explain this a bit…
The liver plays an important role in eliminating toxins from the body and maintaining the efficiency of the body’s immune system. If the process of eliminating toxins is slowed down, as is in the case of a sluggish liver caused by birth control pills and excess estrogen, skin irritation or skin allergies can develop. These are often some of the first sign of liver damage/dysfunction. A person in such a case would develop:
Symptoms of Liver Toxicity or Congestion linked to Birth Control Pills
- Boils, acne, or moles
#4 The Pill and Blood Sugar
Another area indicating that we have a problem with our liver, relates to our blood sugar and blood sugar stability.
Symptoms That Indicate A Potential Blood Sugar Problem linked to Birth Control Pills
- loss of appetite,
- fatigue after a meal,
- frequent thirst,
- irritability if meals are misses,
- changes in mood or cognitive function-
If you suffer with several of these symptoms, then there is high likelihood that you have a blood sugar problem.
I recommend that you get your fasting Insulin Levels tested as well as your Hemoglobin A1c levels checked. You cannot rely on just having your glucose levels tested.
#5 The Pill, Hormonal Imbalances and Mood Swings (Anxiety and Depression)
I have a whole video dedicated to this on Youtube- So I will just mention it here. The pill can cause Low B6, B12, Zinc and Tryptophan levels.
#6 Another areas affected by liver (and this has been the topic of this video series, is the Pill wrecking your gut) is Hormonal balance.
The liver is responsible for filtering out the breakdown or metabolites of hormones. A person with a sluggish liver would experience symptoms such as:
- Irregular periods, heavy or light bleeding-
- Passing large dark red clots,
- Fibroids, Depression, Hot flashes
- Cysts on ovaries
- Mood swings or any menopausal problems