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External Signs Of Liver Problems

External Signs Of Liver Problems

Did you know that you can tell how healthy a person’s liver is just by looking at them?  Your liver does so many vitally important functions in your body and when it is not healthy, this creates several outward signs.  Your liver burns fat and it regulates your metabolism, but your liver also cleanses and purifies your bloodstream.  If your liver is sluggish, toxins will accumulate inside your body and this will affect the way you look.

Some outward signs of poor liver function include:

  • Lumps of fat in the skin, particularly on the eyelids. This is also often an indicator of high cholesterol in the bloodstream.
  • Itchy skin. Your liver produces bile in order to help you digest fat, and also excrete wastes from your body. If liver cells become damaged, bile can leak into the bloodstream. This can cause the skin to become extremely itchy.
  • Red cheeks
  • Carrying excess weight on the upper part of the abdomen. This is a likely indicator of fatty liver.
  • Yellowing of the whites of the eyes. This is referred to as jaundice and means that bile is leaking from the liver into the bloodstream.
  • Coated tongue. This usually indicates there is an overgrowth of the wrong bacteria and/or yeast in the digestive system. These bad bugs can cause a leaky gut and greatly increase the toxic load arriving at the liver. It may indicate small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.
  • Bad breath
  • Excessive sweating. The liver is the main heat generating organ in your body. If it is struggling, you may feel heat intolerant.
  • Red, swollen, itchy (allergic) eyes
  • Red palms
  • Acne rosacea
  • Brownish spots and blemishes on the skin
  • Dilated facial blood vessels (red capillaries)

A lot of our patients aren’t too worried about the health of their liver, but they are concerned about their appearance.  You don’t need to have a specific liver disease in order to have a dysfunctional liver.  Many people only associate alcohol with liver dysfunction and believe if they don’t drink much, there should be nothing wrong with their liver.  Nothing could be further from the truth!  Modern life and its associated exposure to stress, environmental chemicals, processed foods and medication means that everybody’s liver is under constant stress.

If you have several signs of liver dysfunction and you want to do something about it, I recommend the following:

  • Go to your doctor and ask for a blood test called a liver function test.  This is a good starting point for finding out how healthy your liver is.  Please remember though that this test is not particularly sensitive; it will only tell you if you have actual damage to your liver cells.
  • Follow the eating principles in my book Fatty Liver: You Can Reverse It.  The eating plan in this book is suitable for everyone concerned about their liver health, not just those with a fatty liver.
  • Take a good quality liver tonic like Livatone Plus.  This will help your liver to detoxify your bloodstream and cope with environmental toxins more effectively.
  • Take a selenium supplement.  Glutathione is your body’s most powerful detoxifier and you require selenium in order to manufacture it.  Selenium deficiency is extremely common as it is difficult to get enough of this precious mineral through diet alone. N-acetyl cysteine is the precursor of glutathione and can also be taken in supplement form.

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

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29 comments

    • Hi Bharathi,

      We recommend you get a liver function test and ultrasound scan.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  1. Hello I have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, 2nd kidney disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, severe IBS with constipation, gerd, elevated white blood cells, pre-diabetes, and I don’t have my gallbladder anymore. I’m tired of being swollen in my belly all of time, and i have frequent belching and nausea. Please help me

    • Hi Susan,

      We recommend you see a healthcare practitioner.
      We recommend you eliminate grains, sugar, dairy, processed food and takeout meals.
      There is some dietary information in these articles: https://www.liverdoctor.com/what-should-you-eat-if-you-have-fatty-liver/
      https://www.liverdoctor.com/what-to-do-if-you-dont-have-a-gallbladder/
      In the meantime, you may benefit from taking
      Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily to improve liver function.
      Super Digestive Enzymes 1 to 2 caps in the middle of meals as it contains Ox Bile to replace the bile that can no longer come from your gallbladder for essential fat absorption and can reduce digestive symptoms.
      Berberine 1 cap twice daily to help lower cholesterol and improve insulin sensitivity and blood sugar levels.
      Magnesium Complete 2 tabs twice daily or Magnesium Ultra Potent Powder 1/2 tsp twice daily to help with constipation and high blood pressure and to promote relaxation.
      These supplements can be purchased here: http://shop.liverdoctor.com/berberine-500mg-60ct.html
      Let us know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  2. Should Soy Lecithin be avoided when you have NAFLD ?

    • Hi Ann,

      Soy lecithin is usually added to processed foods, medicines and supplements.
      We recommend you eliminate processed foods with NAFLD.
      However, it is not specifically stated to remove soy lecithin with NAFLD.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  3. I have rashes around my abdomen. I have deep itching in my arms. I have terrible rosacea and veins in my face. I have yellow skin around my mouth and hormonal problems. I have severe blood sugar problems and constant migraines. I lost 70% of my liver at 18 and now I’m 35. But the doctors keep telling me I’m fine and that nothing is wrong. I. DON’T. BELIEVE. THEM.
    They are so dead set on saying the liver regenerates. Ok? Then why am I suffering like this!!
    All they’ve done is give me a little blood test.

    • Oh, and I keep getting REALLY sick with lots of mucus and constant coughing. This is twice now that I’ve gotten this sick and it is a heavy amount of mucus!!! I think my lack of insurance is why they keep not listening.

    • Hi Amber,

      Many of these symptoms can be caused by liver dysfunction.
      We recommend you eliminate grains, sugar, processed food and takeout meals.
      There is some great dietary information in our free e-book on Liver Cleansing, here’s the link: https://www.liverdoctor.com/ebook/vital-principles-for-liver-cleansing/
      Dr Cabot recommends 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.
      MSM + Vitamin C – ½ to 1 teaspoon twice daily in vegetable juice or water to reduce oxidation, inflammation and boost liver health. These two nutrients help form collagen and improve capillary strength and skin integrity, and thereby reducing rosacea. Vitamin C is also very important to immune health.
      Glicemic Balance 1 cap three times daily with meals to stabilise blood sugar and insulin levels. This product also contains magnesium which can prevent migraines.
      These supplements can be purchased here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com/
      Let us know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  4. Hi… I have problem since 4 years of mouth sores.. regular consult different doctors.. and get many test.. but problem is still yet.. I am very afraid on it.. I only takes liquid foods.. can you help me regarding this problem… please help

    • Hi Junaid,

      We recommend you see a healthcare practitioner for further testing.
      In the meantime we recommend you take
      Selenomune 1 cap daily with food to strengthen the immune system and fight off infections.
      We recommend you avoid sugar and gluten containing foods.
      Let us know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

    • Hi Junaid, mouth sores are related to the tummy and intestines, lots of buttermilk with clear the sores. Oil pulling or gargling the mouth with coconut oil might help to clear the mouth sores.

  5. Hi…i had my gall bladder removed 2yrs ago after it perforated,for the last few months i feel so tired,my stools are very pale,i sweat more and my skin has become spotty…could this be my liver?im worried but scared to go to the doctors x

    • Hi Helen,

      Your skin symptoms could indicate an unhappy liver, leaky gut or SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth).
      We recommend you get an ultrasound scan and liver function test.

      You could improve liver and digestive function by changing your diet. We recommend you avoid sugar, dairy, grains, processed foods and take out meals.
      We recommend you base your diet on fresh fruits, vegetables, quality protein sources (poultry, lean meat, eggs, seafood), healthy fats, nuts and seeds.

      Dr Cabot recommends you take

      Ox Bile 1 to 2 caps three times daily with meals, to replace the bile that is no longer coming from the gallbladder for essential fat absorption.

      Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily to improve liver function

      NAC 2 caps twice daily at least 2 hours away from food, if any upset occurs please take with meals. This supplement works well with Livatone Plus to get the liver better faster.
      These supplements are available here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  6. Hi,
    I have gas problem and sometimes it reaches my head and i feel lightheadedness. Sometimes i have white urine but sometimes its yellow. I need to go to wahsroom about 4 times a day. Does it has anything to do with lever or something else?

    • Hi Dev,

      Your concerns seem to be involving the liver and digestive system. You may also have a disordered microbiome in your digestive system.
      Eat less carbohydrate – including sugar, grains and other starchy foods, because the liver converts any excess carbohydrate into fat. Don’t drink too much alcohol.
      Eat more vegetables, protein and healthy fats.
      Drink raw vegetable juices 250 to 300mls 2 to 3 times a week. Dr Cabot’s book ‘Raw Juices can save your life’ has recipes for many different health conditions. Try the ‘Liver Cleanse’ or ‘Liver Tonic’ juices in the book.
      Dr Cabot recommends you begin taking

      Livatone Plus – 2 capsules twice daily, to improve liver function.

      N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC 600mg) – 2 capsules twice daily well away from food, if any upset occurs take at the beginning of your meals. This supplement works well with Livatone Plus to get your liver better faster. This supplement hastens liver healing. This supplement is the precursor nutrient of glutathione; the body’s strongest anti-oxidant.

      Berberine – 1 capsule three times daily. To support a healthy intestinal flora.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  7. Hi
    I’ve been sick now for the past two months. It started with almost like the flu but is still continuing..
    Im throwing up, diarrhea, no appetite, losing weight, pain in my lower back, pain under the right side of my ribs, little bumps are showing up all over me (like goosebumps) and now I haven’t started my period..
    I’m very worried.

    • Hi Kat,

      The pain under your right rib cage is a classic symptom of an enlarged liver and will respond well to a change in diet, and the best one is included in Dr Cabot’s book: ‘Fatty Liver: You Can Reverse It’.

      We recommend you get an ultrasound scan of your liver and a liver function test.

      Dr Cabot recommends you begin taking

      Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily to improve liver function

      NAC 2 caps twice daily at least 2 hours away from food, if any upset occurs take with meals. This supplement works well with Livatone Plus to get the liver better faster.

      Do you still have your gallbladder? If you do, we recommend you get a HIDA scan of your gallbladder.

      To boost gallbladder function we recommend you take Ox Bile 1 – 2 caps in the middle of meals three times daily, this will enhance bile flow.

      All these supplements can be purchased here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

    • Look into autoimmune hepatitis. .

  8. my mum brings out mucus from her mouth and her skin keeps peeling..the doctor said the liver was affected..

    • Hi Alice,

      Increased mucus production is often associated with reduced liver detoxification and increased inflammation, and there are many ways that the skin can be described as peeling.

      If it blisters, gets hives or rashes and then peels or flakes it is an indication of liver stress.

      Dietary changes often bring about dramatic improvements in liver health.
      Eat less carbohydrate – including sugar, grains and other starchy foods, because the liver converts any excess carbohydrate into fat. Don’t drink too much alcohol.
      Eat more vegetables, protein and healthy fats.
      Drink raw vegetable juices 250 to 300mls 2 to 3 times a week. Dr Cabot’s book ‘Raw Juices can save your life’ has recipes for many different health conditions. Try the ‘Liver Cleanse’ or ‘Liver Tonic’ juices in the book.

      Dr Cabot recommends you begin taking

      Livatone Plus – 2 capsules twice daily, to improve liver function.

      N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC 600mg) – 2 capsules twice daily well away from food, if any upset occurs take at the beginning of your meals. This supplement works well with Livatone Plus to get your liver better faster. This supplement hastens liver healing. This supplement is the precursor nutrient of glutathione; the body’s strongest anti-oxidant.

      MSM + Vitamin C – ½ to 1 teaspoon twice daily in vegetable juice or water to reduce oxidation, inflammation and boost liver health.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  9. Please am developing pains like burning at the upper right of my belle…think is a liver problem what can i do

  10. When I do three days alcohol the fourth day I start getting itchy skin especially on finger tips and toes. Also I esperience dirrehea and dry lips

    s. Likes drinking at that time but not alcohol.

    • Hi Ibulu,

      Yes, everything you have written makes logical sense. The blood test for your liver only checks for damage to liver cells; it isn’t sensitive enough to check for liver dysfunction.
      Intestinal and liver dysfunction are the driving force for most thyroid conditions. It sounds like your thyroid condition is autoimmune. This book would help you: http://shop.liverdoctor.com/healing-autoimmune-disease.html

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  11. My dad was diagnosed with cirosis of the liver 4 years ago the last 6 weeks hes been sick almost every day went to the hospital said he had inflamed gull bladder hes lost a lot of weight still not better and jist keeps sleeping he wont tell us how bad his liver os all this is making me ill just want him to be ok

    • Dear Samantha,

      Your father needs to change his lifestyle to be able to improve his liver and gallbladder situation.

      He needs to remove all gluten, dairy, deep fried and take-out meals.

      He also needs to remove alcohol, if it caused his cirrhosis.

      Dr Cabot recommends he begin taking

      Livatone Plus – 2 capsules twice daily, to improve liver function.

      N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC 600mg) – 2 capsules twice daily well away from food, if any upset occurs take at the beginning of your meals. This supplement works well with Livatone Plus to get your liver better faster. This supplement hastens liver healing. This supplement is the precursor nutrient of glutathione; the body’s strongest anti-oxidant.

      If your father does not have any bleeding issues yet, he may soften the cirrhotic scarring by taking

      Serrapeptase – begin with 1 capsule daily for 3 days, increase to 1 capsule twice daily for 4 days and if it well tolerated you may increase the dose to 2 capsules twice daily and always to be taken on an empty stomach.

      Vitamin E – 1 capsule twice daily, to soften scar tissue.

      You may purchase these supplements at http://shop.liverdoctor.com/supplements.html

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Sales & Nutrition Consultant

  12. I have cheonic pancretis found out diabetes 2 and now think i have gallbladder or liver problems but have systoms of both u have decribed.

    • Dear Beth,

      Gallbladder and liver problems are often found together and often associated with your other concerns.

      Dr Cabot recommends you purchase her book ‘Diabetes Type 2: You Can Reverse It Naturally’ that has an eating plan that may help with your liver, gallbladder and diabetic symptoms.

      Dr Cabot also recommends you begin taking

      Livatone Plus – 2 capsules twice daily, to improve liver function.

      N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC 600mg) – 2 capsules twice daily well away from food, if any upset occurs take at the beginning of your meals. This supplement works well with Livatone Plus to get your liver better faster. This supplement hastens liver healing. This supplement is the precursor nutrient of glutathione; the body’s strongest anti-oxidant.

      Glicemic Balance – 2 capsules at the beginning of each meal.

      You may purchase these supplements at http://shop.liverdoctor.com/supplements.html

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Sales & Nutrition Consultant

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