Did you know that one of the symptoms of a dysfunctional liver is overheating? I have found that the complaint of overheating of the body is common in patients who are overweight and this is a sure sign that their liver needs help. The overheating can come in waves and is often associated with sweating and extreme fatigue. If this occurs in post menopausal women it is often just put down to hot flushes caused by oestrogen deficiency and the patient may be given hormone replacement therapy. If this does not relieve the hot flushes it is important to check the liver function with a simple blood test to measure the liver enzymes.
With simple diet and lifestyle measures it is easy to improve the function of the liver and one of the nice benefits of better liver function is the relief of overheating and excess sweating.
Why does a dysfunctional liver cause the body to overheat? The answer goes back to Chinese medicine which explains that when the liver is overworked or under pressure, it generates too much heat within itself. Because the liver is such a large organ this causes our whole body to overheat. The excess sweating is a reaction of the overheated body to cool body temperature and allow increased excretion of toxins through the skin. These symptoms are very unpleasant especially if you live in a hot climate and the associated fatigue can be overwhelming.
One can make a comparison here to the symptoms of a sick planet earth – the planet is overheating and these days the signs of global warming are obvious. We see melting polar ice, rising sea levels, prolonged droughts, huge bush fires, increasing ferocity of cyclones and tornadoes and a loss of fauna and flora. As humans pour ever increasing amounts of green house gases into the atmosphere, more of the sun’s heat is trapped – one could say that planet earth has a fever.