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symptoms of a dysfunctional liver is overheating

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.

How to cool down an inflamed liver

1. Eat less carbohydrate
Poor diet is the leading cause of liver problems.  The biggest offenders are sugar and foods made of white flour; they need to be minimized in your diet. A high intake of carbohydrate rich foods in general can promote fatty liver, as the liver converts excess carbohydrate into fat.  Foods that need to be restricted include bread, pasta, rice, breakfast cereals, potatoes and any food made of flour.  See our syndrome X book  or Diabetes Type 2 – You can Reverse it Naturally for a low carbohydrate eating plan.

2. Drink less alcohol
Alcohol can cause inflammation and damage to liver cells, resulting in fatty infiltration.  People with a fatty liver should limit alcohol consumption to one drink per day, with at least two alcohol free days per week.

3. Eat more vegetables, protein and the right fats
Raw vegetables and fruits are the most powerful liver healing foods. These raw foods help to cleanse and repair the liver filter, so that it can trap and remove more fat and toxins from the bloodstream. Eat an abundance of vegetables (cooked and raw salads).  Fruit is healthy for most people, but if you have high blood sugar, polycystic ovarian syndrome or insulin resistance, it’s best to limit fruit to 2 servings per day. Protein is important because it helps to keep the blood sugar level stable, helps with weight loss from the abdomen and reduces hunger and cravings.  Protein should be consumed with each meal.  Good sources of protein include eggs, poultry, seafood, meat, nuts, seeds, whey protein powder, legumes and dairy products.

Most vegetable oil and margarines can worsen liver inflammation.  Healthy fats to include more of in your diet are found in olive oil, oily fish, flaxseeds, coconut oil and raw nuts and seeds.

4. Drink raw vegetable juices
Raw juices are an excellent source of highly concentrated vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.  Your juice should be comprised of 80 to 100 percent vegetables, with the remainder comprised of fruit.  Do not drink fruit juice; it is too high in carbohydrate and calories.  Our book Raw Juices can Save your Life contains numerous raw juice recipes.

5. Take a good liver tonic
Choose a liver tonic that combines the clinically proven dose of St Mary’s thistle with B group vitamins, antioxidants and sulfur rich amino acids.  A good liver tonic can promote repair of damaged liver cells and facilitate the fat burning and detoxification abilities of the liver.  Livatone Plus contains all of those ingredients and is available in powder or capsule form.

6. Increase glutathione production

Glutathione is your liver’s most powerful detoxifier and it is strongly anti-inflammatory. If you have a fatty liver you need more of it. If you have a chronic inflammatory condition such as allergies, autoimmune disease, asthma or skin problems, you need more glutathione. People with too much inflammation in their body usually feel excessively hot; sometimes this only occurs at night. N-acetyl cysteine is a precursor of glutathione and is known to raise blood levels powerfully. Eating sulfur rich foods also helps with glutathione; examples include eggs, cabbage, broccoli and garlic.

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20 comments

  1. Hello I’m 30yrs old..i used to take tfil 10 tablets for Erectile Dysfunction for about 2yrs..two months back I noticed that my body getting heated up… Then I stopped Taking tfil 10tabs regularly… Whenever I take tablet my body gets heated up and the other days my body temperature stays normal.. And also I noticed some vision problem.. IS IT BCOZ OF DYSFUNCTIONAL LIVER??

    • Hi Gani,

      We are pleased you have read Dr Cabot’s informative article about liver dysfunction and we would like you to employ the liver restorative recommendations she makes.

      In light of the fact that you only experience overheating after taking ED medication, it may indicate that you have developed a sensitivity to the medication, and you are advised to speak to your primary care physician to have your medication changed.

      ED in a young man is often an indication of underlying pathology so we also recommend you discuss any health concerns with your PCP.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutrition Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  2. My liver keeps on sort of giving me some kind of signal like i feel i am getting a catch or after eating it starts giving me short short pains. I have a fatty liver but never had these issues before.

    Please advise

    • Hi Rochelle,

      For fatty liver we recommend you eliminate grains, sugar, processed food and takeout meals.
      There is further info in this article: https://www.liverdoctor.com/what-should-you-eat-if-you-have-fatty-liver/
      There is an excellent eating plan in Dr Cabot’s book ‘Fatty Liver: You Can Reverse It’.
      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/
      Let us know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutrition Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  3. Hello,
    I was DX’d with Primary Biliary Cirrhosis (now Cholangitis) in 2002. I manage with URSO and at my last annual with GI was told PBC was really a non event in my life as have been really well. I don’t know if I should be following a hot or cold liver diet.

    • Hi Kay,

      We recommend you see your healthcare practitioner.

      Kind Regards
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutrition Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  4. Being post menapausal, it seemed as if I was having horrific hot flashes, treated natural remedy of Black Cohosh extract 160mg 4 PDF… and Russian rhubarb which has been fabulous!.. But, still overheating and freezing.. just not as much or as extreme ( I spent a year were I could barely go to the Dr and keep clothing on… ). Additionally, because of sciatic nerves nicks from a bad surgery, I have been on 300mg morphine or equalize to since 1997. I use John Elis water to keep healthy, but my tinkle turned to tea about the time my temperature swings started… I’d appreciate any thoughts you may have. Thank You for your help with this mater of health! Blessings to you and yours!

    • Hi Melissa,

      We recommend you see your healthcare practitioner.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutrition Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  5. My husband is a recovering alcoholic/ addict and has had numerous heat strokes which comause him to sometimes faint, get confused, etc, he works outside and the heat is unavoidable. He sweats profusely and drink San excessive amount of water and electrolytes but still can’t keep up with replenishing. He also has hypothyroidism. Do you suspect that he maybe also have a liver issue? Last summer he was hospitalized and was almost out of dialysis. He is also over weight. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    • Hi Kelly,

      We recommend he see his healthcare practitioner.
      In the meantime he would benefit from following the principles in Dr Cabot’s book ‘The Liver Cleansing Diet’.
      There is some dietary advice in this article: https://www.liverdoctor.com/what-should-you-eat-if-you-have-fatty-liver/
      We recommend he 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.
      L-Glutamine 1 tsp twice daily to reduce cravings for alcohol, boost the mood and aid weight loss.
      These supplements can be purchased here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com/

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  6. I am over heated all the time. On top of that i have hot flashes. I have been tested for menopause and the blood work came back positive for menopause. I was on hrt for 18 mos and it didnt touch the hotness or hotflashes so i quit taking. I have diabeties ,lupus, crps heart diease,degeneritive disc diease,siaticia, stenosis, and lots of arthritis in my whole spine. I have been diagnoised with 3 different diagnosis by 5 drs. 1st was a bad menopause the 2nd was high blood sugars and the 3rd was anxiety. Well i was treated for each diasease for several months for each with no releif. Im wondering if a fatty liver or some other liver complication could be whats wrong. My cholosterol is high and all other liver enzymes are normal. Should i take the vitamins B and cortisol for my symptoms? Please help me ive been this way for almost 3 yrs 3 dr.s and 4 specialists. I need help please.

    • Hi Susan,

      We recommend you see a healthcare practitioner. You should get a liver function test and blood test to check vitamin D levels.
      In the meantime we recommend you eliminate grains, sugar, processed food and takeout meals.
      There is an excellent diet plan in Dr Cabot’s book: ‘Fatty Liver: You Can Reverse It’.
      These supplements may benefit you:
      Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily to improve liver function. This formula contains turmeric which is anti-inflammatory.
      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.
      Femmephase 2 caps twice daily with food to help balance hormones naturally during menopause.
      Magnesium Complete 2 to 4 tabs daily OR Magnesium Ultra Potent Powder 1/2 tsp twice daily to promote efficient nerve and muscle function and relieve anxiety.
      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

  7. hello …i am keeethi aged 30…my body is always hot…..doctor told me my liver is always in excessive heat …so that my body is hot always…by birth…i dont used to sweat …and recently i have diagonised with eye problem…which means narrow vision…is my liver heat body heat and narrow vision have any link? what diet need to follw…

    • Hi Keerthi,

      Yes, there can be a link between your liver and eye health. There is some excellent information on this link in this article: https://www.liverdoctor.com/look-after-your-liver-and-your-eyes-will-benefit/
      Dr Cabot recommends you take
      Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily, to improve liver detoxification and repair damaged liver cells.
      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, our body’s most potent antioxidant. This supplement works well with Livatone Plus to get the liver better faster.
      These supplements are available here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com/
      There is an excellent diet to follow in Dr Cabot’s book: ‘Fatty Liver: You Can Reverse It’.
      Let us know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  8. Hi,

    I am 54, and the last few years my body runs hot. I do not have hot flashes but I’m warm. Lately my feet were swollen after I had 4 drinks and a decadent meal for my birthday. This has never happened. I know I need to lose some weight I am 5′ 5″ and 157 lbs. I am just wondering if my liver is in distress, just from what I’ve read on the internet. What do you recommend.

    • Hi Bernadette,

      These symptoms could indicate liver dysfunction.
      We suggest you get a liver function test and/or ultrasound scan of your liver.
      In the meantime we recommend you eliminate grains, sugar and processed foods from your diet.
      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.
      These supplements are available here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com/
      There is an excellent eating plan in Dr Cabot’s book: ‘Fatty Liver: You Can Reverse It’.
      We also recommend you get a hormone test with your GP to see if these symptoms are hormone related.
      If you are on the oral contraceptive pill you will need to go off this for 6 weeks before getting the test done.
      Let us know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  9. I have fat in the belly & thigh areas but it is distributed all over the body. I have started NDT & adrenal supplements with cortex & DHEA & stopped within a number of days, I think she over dosed me. I probably have fatty liver. I do not digest fats well. I’m on BHRT which has been a God send without it I would be disabled due to thyroid hormone not getting where I need it to go due to conversion problems. Where these originate I am not yet certain, but the liver would be a good guess. I have now read about aromatase inhibitors and that progesterone can be a factor in breast cancer in addition to estrogen. I have been prescribed variations of BHRT, and although I seem to do better on 100 mg of Progestrone the only reason I am on that much is that the MD I had to use to go on it was difficult. She asked ME what I wanted and seemed to have no idea what to order on her own & did not think testing was necessary due to my “probable low estrogen” because I am post menopausal. All the more to test for correct percentages and balancing ratios if you ask me since older women are more at risk for developing cancer due to accumulation and deficiencies in their bodies. I’m wondering what you think of DIM, testing & ratios of sex hormones, & DIM? Also any thoughts on sub clinical hypothyroidism and the use of cortex and or supplements before trying NDT?

    • Hi Kim,

      Liver health is very important to avoid breast cancer.

      Yes, there are some breast cancers that are progesterone receptor positive but most hormone dependant cancers are estrogen positive.

      Testing is always indicated to determine base levels of hormones and to ensure health is good.

      DIM promotes appropriate breakdown of estrogens in the liver, but a healthy liver is the best protection possible.

      Dr Cabot recommends you begin taking

      Livatone Plus – 2 capsules twice daily, to protect and 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.

      Thyroid Health Capsules – 1 capsule twice daily to provide the thyroid the essential nutrients it needs.

      These supplements are available here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com/

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  10. I need some help! My liver must be in bad shape because I am always overheating from internal heat. I have some pretty major genetic mutations in my detox and methylation pathways and have been to many medical doctors, natural doctors, an acupuncturist, I have done muscle testing, detox baths, have taken lots of different supplements over the years, have changed my diet and am desperately trying to get this heat under control! Nothing helps! I have a very strong suspicion that my liver cant handle my estrogen- those genes are mutated. I react to lots of things- so I have to be careful what I take. Who can help me with this? I am not overweight at all and I don’t drink alcohol or caffeine. I am doing everything right to try to heal it but nothing is helping. Feeling so desperate. Not sure what kind of doctor to see to help figure this out.

    • Hi Laura,

      Please remove all gluten from your diet, to reduce inflammation.

      You may benefit your hormone imbalance by supplementing with progesterone, ensuring you reduce your exposure to all plastics and perfumed products to an absolute minimum.

      Liver health is pivotal and Dr Cabot includes MTHFR bioavailable B vitamins in Livatone Plus and recommends you have 2 capsules twice daily.

      Please combine this with NAC 600mg 2 capsules twice daily to boost your liver health and improve metabolic clearance.

      Dr Cabot recommends you introduce Fem Pro – Massage a rounded 1/8 tsp (a full pump equals 1/4 tsp) of cream into hands and body twice daily. Individual needs may vary. Transdermal delivery system with 7% MSM. This product is only used during the second half of the cycle.

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

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

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