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Liver Congestion Causes Chronic Fatigue

Essay 2017 15 Pages

Health - Public Health

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Abstract

Introduction

Liver Congestion and Chronic Fatigue

Stress and Liver Congestion

Herbal Remedies

Consequences of Retoxification Reactions

Conclusion

References

Abstract

Liver congestion is becoming an epidemic condition whose health consequences seem to be unbearable. Currently, humans are living in toxic environments, especially with regard to dietary sources, which are coupled with unhealthy lifestyle.

Liver is involved in disease conditions to restore normal cellular activity. Therefore, any impairment of the liver functions leads to detrimental outcomes although direct symptoms are not manifested at the onset of the liver dysfunctions. This situation is worsened by the complexity of liver diagnosis. In most cases, liver problems are not easily detectable with routine diagnosis procedures.

There are several principal causes of liver congestion. First, liver congestion may be caused by toxins accumulation in the liver leading to overload which means that the liver is unable to clear toxins from the body. From a physiological perspective, excessive intake of noxious substances in the blood circulation causes physiological imbalances of various components including PH and nutrients availability for the cells.

In addition, diet causes liver toxicity when it contains numerous food additives and dietary toxins, primarily iron, which is contained in most processed foods such as white bread. These additives facilitate crystallization in the liver cells which, in turn leads to formation of salt deposits in the bile stream.

Chronic fatigue syndrome is worsened by liver congestion because hormonal imbalances serve as some of the most principal contributors to the occurrence of CFS. Therefore, one of the most reliable approaches of managing CFS is through the enhancement of the liver function.

On the other hand, stress serves as a trigger and an ongoing feeder of physiological imbalances; thus, it contributes to liver congestion and chronic fatigue.

There are several approaches of addressing liver congestion including liver flushes and cleanses, but herbal remedies such as vegetable juicing and milk thistle are the most reliable alternatives because they are not associated with retoxification reactions.

Introduction

Liver congestion is becoming an epidemic condition whose health consequences seem to be unbearable. Currently, humans are living in toxic environments, especially with regard to dietary sources, which are coupled with unhealthy lifestyle. As a result, some body organs and tissues are experiencing immense challenging in maintaining the body’s normal physiology through homeostatic regulation of various fluids and solutes. In theory, the functioning of all body organs depends on the physiological conditions in the body. At some point, their functions are diminished whereas favorable or rather normal physiological conditions enhance normal functioning. Ideally, an individual’s body is said to be normal and healthy when all biological processes and organs are functioning normally under optimal physiological conditions. Therefore, any deviation from normal conditions is usually accompanied with a characteristic biological abnormality. In most cases, diseases are caused by microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses and fungus. However, it is worth noting that, not all microorganisms cause diseases. Indeed, some microorganisms are quite useful for the normal biological functions of the human body. For instance, the so-called normal micro flora contribute to an individual’s health in one way or the other, especially in maintaining microbial balance in the digestive and reproductive systems. On the other hand, deviation from the normal state may be caused by physiological imbalances or deficiencies of essential body requirements, and this is the phenomenon associated with liver congestion. Therefore, this paper will provide a comprehensive review of liver congestion and its relation to chronic fatigue. In addition, it will discuss the role of stress in liver congestion as one of the most principal causes. Moreover, it will provide an overview on the liver congestion remedies and the consequences of liver flushes or cleanses and acupuncture.

Liver Congestion and Chronic Fatigue

It is believed that, liver congestion has a close link to virtually all recurrent illnesses because the liver plays a very pivotal role in functioning and growth of all cells in the body. It is also involved in disease conditions to restore normal cellular activity. Therefore, any impairment of the liver functions leads to detrimental outcomes although direct symptoms are not manifested at the onset of the liver dysfunctions. This situation is worsened by the complexity of liver diagnosis. In most cases, liver problems are not easily detectable with routine diagnosis procedures. For instance, liver stones, which are the principal causes of liver congestion, are difficult to detect using X-rays and ultrasound technologies (Scott, 2013). As a result, most people live with liver congestion for quite a long time before it is detected; only when devastating damage of the organ has already occurred; thus conventional medicine does not help in managing the condition.

From a biological perspective, the liver is one of the most vital organs in the body without which physiological processes such as chemical balances cannot occur when its functions are impaired. In reality, the human liver is believed to be involved in more than 500 body functions. Some of its functions include biosynthesis of some macromolecules such as cholesterol which is used by the body in forming cellular membranes, hormones and bile (Wilson, 2013). It is also responsible for the manufacture of non-essential amino acids which serve as building blocks for the synthesis of proteins. In addition, it is involved in storage of vitamins and some mineral elements in the body. Moreover, it helps in recycling of iron by breaking down hemoglobin in old red blood cells and converts polyporpyrin components of hemoglobin into bile salts, which aid the digestion of lipids.

On the other hand, liver plays a pivotal biological role in the elimination of toxic substances from the body by converting them into water soluble byproducts for excretion. As such, it plays a detoxification role in the body in which poisons and wastes are converted into non-toxic compounds for transportation to excretion systems such as the kidneys and sweat glands. In theory, it filters blood of noxious substances such as pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals which are acquired from the environment through diet in which the detoxified substances are conveyed to the excretory systems through the bile stream (Scott, 2013). In case, the bile stream is blocked as a result of the formation of liver stones, most physiological functions of the liver are interrupted leading to a disease condition which is manifested as tiredness. In most cases, liver overload with toxins causes liver congestion in which its detoxification capabilities diminish. It is also worth noting that unfiltered blood is thick compared to filtered blood, which is produced by a healthy liver. As a result, congested liver is characterized by impaired blood flow in the bile stream even when liver stones are not present (Chang, 2012). This causes abnormal functioning of the body, primarily due to the lack of liver hormones and proteins which controls the way the body grow, function and heal. Ideally, this is how the liver affects the health of cells leading to chronic illnesses owing to liver congestion and chronic fatigue syndrome is one of unhealthy conditions.

Ordinarily, there are several principal causes of liver congestion. First, liver congestion may be caused by toxins accumulation in the liver leading to overload which means that the liver is unable to clear toxins from the body. From a physiological perspective, excessive intake of noxious substances in the blood circulation causes physiological imbalances of various components including PH and nutrients availability for the cells (Pitts, 2013). Therefore, physiological imbalances, primarily in regard to PH facilitate crystallization of different chemical compounds in the liver leading to deposition of salts in the bile stream. This deposition of crystallized salts is what causes the hardening and blockage of bile ducts; a characteristic condition referred to as gall stones, which are responsible for liver congestion. In addition, failure of the liver to filter wastes and toxic substances from the blood for elimination leads to excessive accumulation of toxins in the body which cause physiological imbalances and cellular toxicity.

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Pages
15
Year
2017
ISBN (eBook)
9783668576643
ISBN (Book)
9783668576650
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496 KB
Language
English
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v381254
Institution / College
Egerton University
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1
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liver congestion causes chronic fatigue

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