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Signs, Symptoms and Common Causes of Liver Toxicity

Signs and Symptoms of Liver Toxicity

Chronic Pain   

As previously mentioned in the article, pain throughout the body (muscles, joints, etc.) may be a sign of a congested liver. Since this organ cannot function properly, these toxins build up in the tissues causing inflammation.

Chronic Illness   

Those who “get sick a lot” with colds and flus or deal with chronic illnesses such as “Mono”, likely have a congested liver. People suffering with chronic allergies and sinus problems may also be exepriencing liver overload.


If one is getting adequate sleep and exercise, but still feels “exhausted all the time”, chances are the liver is toxic. When the poisons “back up” because our system is overloaded with them, it places a heavy burden on the liver and the whole body tires out.


The person who is just “out of it”. They have no energy to exercise, they are typically overweight, have a poor diet, move slowly, don’t think clearly, stumble over their words, have high blood pressure, emit body odor and/or bad breath. This is a toxic body.

Skin Color Changes   

The patient who is pale white or has a tinge of orange/ellow to their skin color will typically have liver issues.

Pain/Tenderness in the Upper Right Abdomen   

If palpating (feeling) directly beneath the rib cage on the right side of the abdomen produces tenderness, this could be a sign of an enlarged inflamed liver.

Stools Changes  

Small squibs of grey or light brown excrement which sinks in the toilet often indicate an interruption in the normal bile flow which could signal a liver problem.

Hormone Problems   

The liver conjugates (puts together) hormones. Inbalances occur when the liver is not able to function properly due to congestion.

Common Causes of Liver Toxicity

Poor diet

A high bad fat, low fiber, high carbohydrate diet is a recipe for poor health.  

Lack of exercise  

This leads to being overweight with associated decrease of blood flow to the tissues of the body resulting in congestion of the liver. See  “sluggishness” patient profile above.

Chemical Exposure  

A job in which one is exposed to toxic chemicals (e.g. petroleum, gases, cleaners, etc) can injure the liver thus rendering it ineffective to rid the body of these poisons.

Alcohol and Cigarettes  

These toxins damage the liver cells. If there is repetitive exposure the damage can sometimes be irreparable.


NSAIDS such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen are known to be toxic to the liver in excessive amounts. Any medicine we ingest needs to be filtered through the liver. The more we take in, the harder the liver works and the more likely it will be overloaded.


These synthetic agents are foreign to the body and are processed by the liver in much the same way as medicine. Remember to read your food labels.


Unless you choose only organic products, your liver has to filter all of the pesticides you ingest. These affect the body in a similar way to the items listed above.



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