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Do you have a sluggish liver

Your liver is the hardest working organ in your body! It performs thousands of functions every minute of every day to keep you alive; let’s take a look at the most vital:

•    Fat metabolism – this helps with your weight and cholesterol levels
•    Detoxification and filtering of your blood.  This helps your energy level, plus ability to think and concentrate
•    Destruction of unhealthy cells and bacteria
•    Manufacturing of essential proteins which are necessary for healthy immune function
•    Maintaining hormonal balance; especially breaking down excess estrogen
•    Generating the energy and warmth to keep you alive

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Do you suffer with?

  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Discomfort or pain over the liver (the liver is situated in the right upper abdominal area)
  • Accumulation of abdominal fat with a “pot belly” and a roll of fat around the upper abdomen known as the “liver roll”
  • Indigestion and/or intolerance of fatty foods
  • Reflux and heartburn
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Fatty yellowish lumps in the skin and often around the eyes – these are called xanthelasma
  • Overheating of the body
  • Excessive sweating
  • Body odor
  • Bad breath
  • Coated tongue
  • Red itchy and/or dry eyes
  • Itchy skin
  • Skin rashes such as dermatitis and psoriasis
  • Brown liver spots on the skin
  • Acne rosacea on the face
  • Redness of the palms of the hands
  • Hot and/or burning soles of the feet
  • Headaches, especially associated with nausea
  • Gallbladder problems
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Inability to lose weight even whilst dieting
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Unpleasant moods

If you have 4 or more of these symptoms, your liver needs help.

The most common causes of a sluggish liver include:

  • Incorrect diet, especially too much sugar
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals
  • Excess alcohol
  • Diabetes
  • Overuse of pain killers or taking many prescription drugs
  • Viral infections
  • Autoimmune disease

No wonder liver dysfunction is so common today.

The most common problem we see today is fatty liver and it can affect people of all ages, especially if they are overweight. If you have a fatty liver you will find it very hard to lose weight, unless you improve your liver first. Please follow the eating plan in my book Fatty Liver – You Can Reverse It.

To support your liver function we recommend St Mary’s Thistle which is a herb with a proven track record, combined with selenium and taurine; these things are required by the liver for detoxification and production of healthy bile and are found in Livatone Plus capsules or powder.

The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.


  1. hii
    iam 41 years old and having high FSH due to which my periods are delayed. could it be a sign of liver sluggishness

    • Hi Swati,

      High FSH may indicate poor fertility and/or early stages of menopause.
      We recommend you take
      Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily to improve liver function.
      N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) 2 caps twice daily at least 2 hours away from food, if any upset occurs please take with meals. NAC is the precursor to glutathione; the body’s most potent antioxidant. This supplement works well with Livatone Plus to get the liver better faster.
      These supplements can be purchased here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com/
      There is an excellent eating plan in Dr Cabot’s book: ‘The Liver Cleansing Diet’.
      Let us know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  2. I am 45 years old and, through DNA analysis, I now know that at least three of my metabolizing liver enzymes (CYP1A2, CYP2C9 and CYP2C19) do not function as they should. I also have Hereditary Haemochromatosis, which was diagnosed a little under 2 years ago. Over the previous 20 years or so I progressively developed over 10 of the symptoms named above for a “sluggish liver”. I presume that as I have got older, Iron had been quietly storing up in my liver due to the Haemochromatosis, causing damage to it, and therefore the effect of the reduced enzyme metabolism has become more pronounced.

    I have the Haemochromatosis under control through regular blood letting (I’m now in maintenance), and have managed to increase my HDL Cholesterol, and lower my Triglycerides and blood pressure through eliminating starch, sugar and alcohol from my diet (not to mention losing 20kg in the process). I still have 3 or 4 of the above symptoms, but generally feel much better. My main problems now are related to pesticide sensitivities, so I try to eat organic food as much as possible. Unfortunately I live in a country (Mozambique) where it is deemed safe to spray pesticides in confined spaces (public toilets, airplanes etc.) so I can’t ever fully avoid them!

    Anyway, what I was wondering is whether there is a medical term for a “sluggish liver” that is caused by under-active enzymes in the liver? Also, is there anything that can be done to improve the efficacy of these particular enzymes?

    Many thanks,


    • Hi Paul,

      Overexposure to pesticides can cause fatty liver disease, and one of the symptoms is a sluggish liver.
      It’s great that you have eliminated sugar, alcohol and starch, as we recommend the elimination of grains, sugar and processed foods if you have a fatty liver.
      A fatty liver can be diagnosed by getting an ultrasound scan or a liver function test.
      We recommend you take Livatone Plus 2 caps daily as this will boost your metabolism, detoxify the liver and eliminate toxins.
      These are available here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

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