Did you know that the liver is the largest internal and most metabolically complex organ in humans?
You will wonder to know that Liver is best example of multi-tasking, as it performs over 500 different functions. Liver fights of infection, neutralizing toxins, manufacturing proteins and hormones, controls blood sugar and helps in blood clotting.
- Liver is a unique organ which can regenarate itself, no other organs can do this.
- This is also why Liver is known to cure itself on its own, if allowed to do so with stopping further damage.
- Thus making it possible for one person to donate part of that liver to another person. As both parts will naturally regenarte itself to its original and appropriate size.
- At any one time, the liver contains about 10% of the blood in your body and it pumps about 1.4 litres through per minute.
Liver is a critical organ for a healthy life. But most of us never worry about its health far from taking care of it.
Liver damages affects our body in more than one way and if not taken care of it then you are at risk of some serious health troubles.
Despite the fact that the liver is inside the body, a poorly-functioning organ produces some outwardly visible signs that should always be heeded.
THE EARLY SIGNS OF LIVER DAMAGE
1. TURNING YELLOW
When our liver is not functioning properly our skin and the whites of our eyes will tend to become discolored, turning a milky yellow due to the accumulation of a yellowish sustance called bilirubin. This is also the early indication of Jaundice, the common causes of this kind of extensive liver damage include drinking alcohol to excess on a chronic basis, the abuse of the drug Ecstasy, cancer, hepatitis, various infections and other exposure to toxic substances.
2. EXCRETIONS CHANGING COLOR
Take notice if your urine color is getting darker yellowish while stool color is getting lighter. Then this can be a sign of liver problems apart from chronic de-hydration.
According to the Mayo Clinic, one of the signs of early liver damage is systemic itching.
Itching can be limited to some body part or it may be all over your body. Your skin may see redness, bumps, blisters, dry and cracked skin or sometime may not show any noticeable changes.
At times, the itching can last for a long while, while becoming intense.
4. EASILY BRUISED, DIFFICULTY IN BLOOD CLOTTING
Liver produces vital clotting agents, which reduces when your liver starts getting affected. This results in easy bruising and difficulty in blood clotting in case of a cut or injury. Your liver ceases or slows down the productions of essential proteins which are required for clotting.
When the liver can no longer adequately do its job, it can cause you to begin to retain water in you abdomen, legs and hands, which causes a great deal of swelling. Also, this swelling can disrupt the function of the heart if there is enough buildup of excess fluid.
6. NO SIGNS AT ALL
In some cases when liver is affected, there may be no outward physical signs at all. You may show mild symptoms of fatigue or excessive tiredness, lack of drive, occasionally itching.
But once a person progresses beyond these early unseen or barely seen symptoms, damage to the liver and the resultant side effects will become much more pronounced.