The liver, located in the upper right corner of the abdominal cavity, is known to perform more than 500 functions, including detoxification, immune function, and hormone regulation, while helping the normal metabolism of essential nutrients in the body such as carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, and minerals. Due to the abundance and importance of these liver functions, it is also called the chemical factory of the human body. When such important liver function declines or fat and toxins accumulate, various clinical problems occur and, if prolonged, it can lead to the occurrence of various related diseases such as hepatitis and fatty liver.
In addition, if the deterioration of liver function progresses more severely and the proliferation of abnormal cells continues, the risk of liver cancer increases. Therefore, it can be said that it is most important to know in advance the various symptoms that appear when the liver is not getting better and to manage it regularly by implementing a habit to help promote liver health. Now, let’s check each of the symptoms that appear when the liver is not good.
Symptoms of liver failure
The first symptom that appears when liver function is lowered is fatigue. Even if you don’t do a lot of activities, you will feel very tired, and even if you get enough sleep or rest, chronic fatigue is more likely to occur. The liver is responsible for the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, and minerals that the body needs to produce energy. If there is an abnormality in this metabolic function, a problem occurs in the body’s energy production, and it can be said that a chronic form of fatigue due to a lack of energy supply appears. Therefore, if there is no energy and fatigue persists for no reason, a decrease in liver function may be suspected.
The second symptom of liver failure is jaundice. The liver is also responsible for excreting bilirubin, a yellow bile pigment produced during the breakdown of proteins in the body.
If the liver, which plays this role, deteriorates, bilirubin, which should be excreted in bile after detoxification, is not properly excreted. And it can be said that jaundice, in which the whites of the eyes and skin are colored yellow, can be caused by this excessive accumulation of bilirubin.
3. Changes in urine color
As a result of the aforementioned jaundice, excess bilirubin is produced and overflows into the blood and is excreted in the urine. This action also causes the urine to have a dark brown color. In addition, there are cases where the color of the stool as well as the urine changes to white, and this phenomenon can be said to occur because the passage through which the bile is discharged is blocked and the excretion is not performed properly. In addition, when nails and toenails turn yellow or white spots are formed, deterioration of liver function may be suspected.
4. Indigestion and bloating
Indigestion and bloating experienced after eating or eating are often temporary symptoms caused by overeating or eating spicy and irritating foods. However, if there are symptoms such as indigestion, bloating, bloating, and frequent gas in the stomach, it may be suspected that the liver function is lowered. In addition to these indigestion, various symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, and increased bad breath can occur. can.
5. Frequent muscle pain symptoms
If the liver function deteriorates, the whole body aches and the number of symptoms of muscle pain increases. The liver works to help the metabolism of proteins, vitamins, and minerals that help the normal synthesis and maintenance of muscles. In particular, in the case of acute hepatitis, it is said that stiff muscle pain symptoms like body aches may appear.
6. Hangover lasts a long time
The liver is responsible for detoxification by converting various fat-soluble substances synthesized within the body or introduced from the outside into water-soluble substances and excreted through bile or urine. When you drink alcohol, the decomposition of alcohol, the main component, is also due to the detoxification of the liver. Therefore, when the liver function deteriorates, the ability to break down alcohol rapidly decreases, so it takes a long time to wake up from alcohol, and the hangover that occurs after drinking alcohol is said to last for a long time.
In addition to the symptoms mentioned above, skin-related abnormalities such as skin swelling and itching, red spots, skin troubles, melasma, and freckles may also be accompanied. In addition, it can be said that the liver is closely related to the immune system because it helps the secretion of immune cells that prey on and removes bacteria and viruses entering the body and also helps in the formation of antibodies. Therefore, if the deterioration of liver function continues, it is easy to catch a cold due to reduced immunity.
Because the liver does not show any obvious symptoms until about 70% of the total area is damaged, when symptoms appear and feel it, the liver is already damaged in many cases. Therefore, if the above-mentioned symptoms appear, it is important to visit a hospital to receive an appropriate diagnosis and examination, as it is possible to suspect the occurrence of related diseases. It is also very important to pay more attention to health management by regularly exercising regularly, controlling the amount of alcohol consumed, and getting enough rest. In addition, it is also a very important management habit to consume green and yellow vegetables and fruits that support liver cell activation and facilitate detoxification.