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9 Signs That It’s Liver Detox Time

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How do you know if your liver needs detoxification?

  1. Brain Fog – Cloudy thinking, confusion, forgetfulness and an inability to focus could be due to a liver that is overloaded with toxins. When there are more impurities then the liver can effectively neutralize, the toxins accumulate in the bloodstream and cross the blood/brain barrier. Read more about “The Connection Between Brain Fog and Liver Health.”
  2. Hormonal Imbalance – This category can range from mood swings, to PMS, to low libido. Because the liver regulates sex hormones, a congested and toxic liver will not function optimally and cause a hormone imbalance.
  3. Digestive Problems – The liver plays a key role in digestion. By producing bile, the liver helps break down dietary fats. A liver burdened with excessive toxins may be unable to produce, release or distribute bile, leading to abdominal discomfort, bloating, smelly and loose stool, nausea and heartburn.
  4. Itchy Skin – When there are too many toxins in the blood for the liver to efficiently get rid of, they accumulate in the bloodstream. Toxins in the blood frequently cause rashes, redness, irritation and itchy skin. Discover “9 Natural Itch-Relief Approaches.”

Any one of these nine liver toxicity signs can have many different causes – some of which are not liver-related. However, when four or more of these signs co-exist on a regular basis, a liver detox might be helpful.


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http://nourishholisticnutrition.com/ten-signals-your-liver-needs-to-detox/, Ten Signals Your Liver Needs to Detox, Anne Baker, Retrieved January 10, 2016, Nourish Holistic Nutrition, 2016.

http://www.naturallivingideas.com/15-signs-your-liver-needs-a-detox-how-to-do-it/, 15 Signs Your Liver Needs a Detox + How to Do it, Jayne Leonard, Retrieved January 10, 2016, NaturalLivingIdeas.com, 2016.

http://www.saragottfriedmd.com/12-signs-you-need-to-detox/, 12 Signs You Need to Detox, Sara Gottfried, MD, Retrieved January 10, 2016, Gottfried Institute, 2016.

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Nicole Cutler, L.Ac., MTCM, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)®

Nicole Cutler, L.Ac., MTCM is a long time advocate of integrating perspectives on health. With a Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience from the University of Rochester and a Master's degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches Institute, Nicole has been a licensed acupuncturist since 2000. She has gathered acupuncture licenses in the states of California and New York, is a certified specialist with the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, has earned diplomat status with the National Commission of Chinese and Oriental Medicine in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology and is a member of the Society for Integrative Oncology. In addition to her acupuncture practice that focuses on stress and pain relief, digestion, immunity and oncology, Nicole contributes to the integration of healthcare by writing articles for professional massage therapists and people living with liver disease.

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