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10 Early Signs of Liver Damage & How to Strengthen Your Liver

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The liver is the body’s largest glandular organ and has hundreds of important functions. The three most essential functions are producing bile to aid digestion, cleansing harmful toxins from the blood and storing glucose to fulfill the body’s energy needs.

With the vital role that your liver plays in your body, it is important to pay attention to its health. Diet, exercise and adequate sleep are three keys to a healthy liver.

By avoiding an excess of toxic food and beverages, such as alcohol, coffee and refined grains, you’ll be doing a great favor to your liver’s health.


When anything goes wrong with the liver, the effects can be seen in different functions and parts of the body. There are several types of liver problems. The most common are cirrhosis, cystic disease, fatty liver disease, gallstones, and hepatitis.

Always remember that if you look after your liver, it will surely look after your health. By keeping an eye open for any early signs of liver damage, you can seek treatment sooner rather than later and help your liver make a full recovery.

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Here are the 10 early signs of liver damage.


1. Nausea and Vomiting

Many people ignore nausea and vomiting as it is usually not considered to be a serious medical problem.

If nausea and vomiting occur separately or together without any known reason, such as motion sickness, dizziness, a migraine, food poisoning, early pregnancy, anxiety and depression, it can be due to a kidney or liver problem.

People suffering from liver damage often have a persistent feeling of nausea. This arises due to the liver’s diminished ability to process and eliminate toxins. Changes in metabolism and digestion also cause nausea and vomiting.

Constant feelings of nausea or vomiting can wreak havoc on your health and should be investigated thoroughly by a doctor.

2. General Weakness and Tiredness

Constant feeling of fatigue and tiredness can also be a tell-tale sign of improper liver functioning. It is the liver that breaks down food to release energy required for performing daily tasks.

When the liver is not in good condition, your body needs to work harder in order to survive and hence needs more rest.

Plus, fatigue and weakness are likely to worsen due to an increase in toxic products in the blood, which the damaged liver is not able to eliminate properly.

If the feelings of weakness and tiredness are present along with any other symptoms mentioned in this article, consult your doctor for a diagnosis.


3. Loss of Appetite

Loss of appetite is also one of the early signs that your liver is not working properly. If you experience loss of appetite along with any other symptoms mentioned here, make an appointment with your doctor immediately as it could be a sign of chronic liver disease, hepatitis or kidney failure.

People with liver damage may not feel like eating anything, due to the problem with bile production. Bile helps break down fats so that they can be digested. When food is not digested properly, it often leads to loss of appetite and even severe weight loss.

Significant changes in appetite can also make a person weak and tired, which can further hinder recovery.

4. Digestive Issues

The liver plays an active role in the digestion process through the production of bile. Bile helps process the nutrients absorbed from the small intestine and plays an important role in digesting fat.

Thus, if the liver begins to malfunction, it can result in digestive problems like diarrhea and indigestion.

Abnormalities in bile production can also lead to gallstones, abdominal bloating, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and intolerance to fatty foods and alcohol.

When the damage is severe, it can cause severe abdominal pain that often sends people to the doctor.

5. Changes in Urine Color

If you are drinking enough fluid and your urine has a darker color, it may be an indication of a liver problem. Dark-colored urine can look orange, amber or brown.

The change in urine color occurs due to an increased level of bilirubin in the bloodstream. This happens when the liver is unable to eliminate bilirubin via excretion through the kidneys.

Dark urine can also be caused by dehydration, taking vitamin B supplements, side effects of antibiotics, enzyme deficiencies, a urinary tract infection and kidney problems.

If your urine is persistently dark, you should visit your doctor for a diagnosis.

6. Yellowing of Skin

One of the early signs of liver damage is jaundice, where yellowing of the skin, eyes, tongue and fingernails or fingertips is noticeable.

Jaundice is caused by a buildup of bilirubin in the blood and body tissue that the liver normally would get rid of along with old red blood cells. Bilirubin is a yellow pigment that is formed by the breakdown of dead red blood cells in the liver.

When bilirubin accumulates in your bloodstream and then on your skin, it takes on a yellowish hue.

As jaundice may also indicate a serious problem with your gallbladder or pancreas, do not take it lightly and follow your doctor’s advice.

10 Early Signs of Liver Damage & How to Strengthen Your Liver was last modified: October 16th, 2017 by Top10HomeRemedies
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29 thoughts on “10 Early Signs of Liver Damage & How to Strengthen Your Liver”

  1. Liver disease with massive ASCITES. The liver is almost 70% smaller to the normal size. Has a big tommy with fluids, also lost of weight. According to my doctor, the only solution is LIVER TRANSPLANT in lndia which the family cannot afford. l wiil be grateful if you will send me any advice through my mail

  2. is too much drinking suplements and vitamins such as fish oil, vit c, b complex, magnesium Hypertension tabs, can cause liver damage?

  3. This is good information, we also need your support on how to prevent or rid of all these problems in such a way that we can easily control ourself. Thanks.

  4. Please send me email on how and way to help your liver and ways to prevent liver damage… ? these article have been very great it would be nice to have them in an email please n thanks

  5. This mesical information and advices are very useful to all mankind. Pls keep up the good work.

    Thanks alot


  6. This is educative, informative and illuminating especially on Public Health Education. If the respective Local, State or Federal arm of Governments can built from this through mass public campaign and awareness, the quality of millions of lives could be improved and saved especially in the Developing Countries.

  7. Comment:hey thanks alot .been siffering from galstones for 2 yrs now . now using apple cider vinegar .email me please on what else should do . my doctor said its acute cirhosis n surgery will do .will be much greatlful to hear from you n way forward .thanks

  8. I found this article interesting and very informative. I have a mothet who suffers from Cirrhosis . She never drunk alcohol. She got it from Hepatitis C. What would be the bexg way to cleanse her liver knowing that she keeps very good food diet (with no sugar, no fat in the meals and no medication). Her doctor there is no treatment for Cirrhosis.
    My case is quite urgent_

    Thanks in advance
    Karima Lachab

  9. Thank you for the information on how to care for your liver. May I know if long drug use for Diabetic and Hypertension has side effect on liver and how can one overcome it. God bless you.

  10. Comment:very information for preventing liver damage but how can we use black seed for d treatment pls inbox me tank u

  11. Comment:very good information for preventing liver damage but how can we use black seed for the treatment of liver disease pls inbox me tank u and may Allah reward u abundantly

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