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Fatigue and the Liver

The Liver and its Functions

Blood passes through the liver at about 3 pints (6 cups) per minute, making the liver an extremely busy organ. In charge of a long list of life-sustaining functions, a few of the liver’s crucial duties, include:

If your liver is unhealthy, compromised or diseased, it could be working too hard for long periods of time, thus becoming overrun with toxins. The liver’s task of keeping your blood stream clean becomes difficult. In such cases, many different symptoms of poor health may occur, especially allergies, headaches and chronic fatigue.

Symptoms of liver disease are nonspecific, meaning there is no distinct symptom that indicates that something is wrong with the liver or how serious it is. Fatigue is one such symptom.

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