Liver Symptom Patterns and Body Type
Did you know that the liver helps balance your hormones? Your liver is a remarkable organ that is located on your right side just under your rib cage and is in charge of removing excess hormones and toxins out of your body, converting inactive thyroid hormones to active ones, breaking down fat globules into smaller particles, and balancing blood sugar. The list of symptoms attributed to the liver is extremely long because of how many enzymatic functions it completes (over 500).
The Liver Symptom Pattern
Like all of our endocrine glands, we have patterns of symptoms that are directly tied to how well the gland is functioning and communicating with other above or below glands in the HPA axis. The most common adrenal symptoms are related to low or high cortisol, DHEA, and progesterone. Cortisol made by the adrenal gland balances blood sugar, so tired adrenal glands leads to unregulated blood sugar. Many adrenal fatigued individuals have energy problems and sleep problems. So they are exhausted in the morning, thus the caffeine junky epidemic, crash after a meal (unregulated blood sugar), and then wake up in the middle of the night and cannot get to sleep. Food cravings are also common, especially for salt. Sodium is used to create the mineralocorticoid hormones that the adrenal glands make.
Liver Body Type
Everyone has seen a “beer belly.” It sticks out and looks like a person is hiding a water balloon under their shirt. This isn’t that far from the truth as this condition is actually called ascites. Ascites literally means “baglike dropsy,” from askos “bag, sac.” The accumulation of serous fluid in the abdominal (peritoneal) cavity.
You do not have to be an alcoholic to have a “beer belly”! In fact, physicians living in Dubai report that a large percentage of the male population have this body type yet the city is dry (no booze). So if they are not drinking a lot of alcohol, why are their livers so stressed? Blood sugar! That is right, they are sugar-holics… ice cream, soda, rice, noodles. These are all absolutely chock full of sugar. That sugar takes a toll on the body, including the liver whose job is to store sugar, and keeps circulating blood sugar levels constant.
Over time as the liver becomes tired from trying to balance blood sugar levels while removing excess hormones and toxins, body changes start to happen. Little brown spots called AGES (age spots) appear on the hands and feet. AGES stands for Advanced Glycation End Products from failed blood sugar metabolism. If toxins cannot detox through the liver you see them trying to detox through the skin. Therefore, it is common to see itchy rashes, eczema, or psoriasis in these types. If excess estrogen is not clearing through the liver, you might see little red spots called Cherry Hemangiomas which are typically seen on the chest or belly.
The liver also makes bile to breakdown fats into smaller particles. If the liver is burdened and tired, you will see symptoms related to poor fat metabolism including vitamin A and D deficiencies. This is seen as really thin arms and legs with very little fat. Fat also adds moisture to the skin, so you also see dry and red blotches on the hands and face.
The liver is an amazing organ that can regenerate very quickly. Because of the relationship between the pancreas, adrenal glands, thyroid gland, and liver, it is not uncommon to be a mix between multiple body types. If you match some of these symptoms and body composition patterns, then you should take the questionnaire and see where to start testing to find your priority. Testing is key to understanding how tired your liver and gallbladder are and what steps may be necessary to recover their function.
If you’re ready to get help with your health, contact us at the Bright Life Regenerative Medical Clinic today to schedule an appointment.