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Liver function - poor
Standard Definition

The liver is a key organ in your body's self-defense system. It detoxifies many harmful substances into forms which your body can safely eliminate. In today's world of processed foods and pollution, toxic substances exist almost everywhere. These toxic substances are in the food you eat, the water you drink (from fertilizers, chemicals and other additives such as colorings and preservatives), and the air you breathe (from automobile emissions, pesticides and industrial pollutants). Some of the body's own metabolites must be detoxified as well.

Many chronic health problems can develop from impaired liver detoxification ability, or 'poor liver function.'

At the extreme is cirrhosis, irreversible chronic liver damage which eventually results in liver failure. Cirrhosis is not discussed here.

Underlying Disruption in Function

A healthy liver uses two mechanisms, called Phase I and Phase II detoxification, to remove toxins. In Phase I, the body's enzymes activate toxic substances to make them more accessible to Phase II. In Phase II, other enzymes convert the toxins to more water-soluble forms, which your body eliminates through the kidneys or bowels.

An unhealthy liver does not detoxify substances as rapidly or as completely as a healthy liver. Slower detoxification results in a build up of toxic substances that continue to circulate through the body. Unchanged or partially changed toxins are not easily eliminated and instead pass from the liver into the body. Eventually, the toxins are stored in fat tissue, including the brain and central nervous system. Stored toxins may be slowly released into the blood, contributing to many chronic illnesses.

Standard medical liver function tests look for evidence of existing liver damage. Unfortunately, by the time these tests register "abnormal," liver damage is already present. More sensitive testing can detect poor detoxification of the liver before severe damage has occured - See Digestive function assessments.

Possible Causes, Triggers & Exacerbating Factors
  • Exposure to chemicals, fertilisers, pesticides, exhaust etc from food, water and air
  • Leaky gut, Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease, Ulcerative colitis) coeliac disease, food allergies
  • Surgery, general anaesthetic, medications, antibiotics
  • Alcohol, cigarettes, recreational drugs
  • Stress, fasting, poor diet
  • Chronic illness
Common Signs & Symptoms
  • Fatigue, vague feeling of poor health
  • Headaches, migraines, joint and muscle aches
  • Food allergies and intolerance
  • Digestive problems including bad breath, bloating, indigestion, colic, diarrhoea or constipation
  • Menstrual problems including irregular periods, dysmenorrhoea, premenstrual syndrome, lumpy breasts, endometriosis
  • Male infertility
  • Skin disorders including acne, eczema, psoriasis
  • Weight loss, weight gain, fluid retention
  • Varicose veins, haemorrhoids
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, poor immune function
Possible Additional Integrative Medicine Diagnostic Tests

(This is additional information that does not replace nor negate conventional diagnosis. Other tests may be useful depending on the individual circumstance.)

  • Digestive function assessment
  • Biochemical assessments
  • Allergy and food intolerance testing
  • Heavy Metal and Toxicity assessment
Links & Other Information

Contact YourHealth for referenced material regarding this condition, any of the diagnostic tests or therapies mentioned.


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