The lazy liver is one that works slowly and does not perform its functions normally. What are its symptoms and what causes it? We reveal it to you.
The liver is without a doubt an amazing organ, essential for life and for the proper functioning of our body. It stands out for being the largest solid organ in our body, being able to regenerate itself when a certain toxic or harmful substance affects it.
Among its most important functions , it is capable of recovering and transforming a good amount of toxins so that they do not negatively affect our body, in addition to intervening in the metabolism of fats, proteins and carbohydrates, and performing an important storage function by take care of storing glycogen and fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K). In short, more than 500 functions have been identified.
Many pathologies or diseases can affect the health of the liver. Among the most common we can mention the following: excessive accumulation of fat (fatty liver or hepatic statuses), inflammation due to viral causes (hepatitis), iron accumulation (hemochromatosis) or cirrhosis. However, there is also another less well-known one that can influence our general health: lazy liver (also known as slow liver).
What is lazy or slow liver?
Although it is true that it is not a pathology or liver disease in itself, we do find ourselves facing a problem that directly affects the functioning of the liver. When we have a lazy liver, it means that it is performing its functions irregularly, slowly.
It is a clear sign that our liver is congested, which means that it does not perform its functions normally.
Symptoms of lazy liver
When the liver is lazy or works slowly, certain signs or symptoms are common that can serve as a sign of lengthening; that is, they can indicate that this organ is not carrying out its functions normally. They are the following:
- Drowsiness and tiredness after meals.
- Exhaustion and lack of energy.
- Indigestion and heavy digestions.
- Halitosis (bad breath).
- Sleep disturbances.
- Baggy eyes.
- Appearance of dark spots on the skin.
- Excessive sweating.
- Jaundice (yellowish color of the skin and sclera).
What are your causes?
Most medical specialists agree on pointing out a cause that causes the liver to overload and not work properly: the accumulation of fat in the different liver cells, mainly fatty acids and triglycerides, a condition known medically by the name of fatty liver or hepatic statuses.
And what are the causes that in turn cause the accumulation of fat in the liver? Drinking alcohol excessively, excess weight (overweight and obesity), following bad eating habits (usually eating foods rich in fat and processed foods) and also not exercising regularly.
In general, fatty liver is a benign pathology that in most cases does not tend to progress to more serious stages. However, if left untreated, it can progress to steatohepatitis (inflammation and enlargement of the liver), and eventually to possible cirrhosis or liver cancer.