In cirrhosis, scar tissue replaces healthy liver tissue, which prevents the liver from functioning normally.
• Autoimmune disorders, where the body’s infection-fighting/immune system attacks healthy tissue
• Blocked or damaged tubes (bile ducts) from the liver to the intestine
• Exposure to toxic chemicals
• Repeated episodes of heart failure with blood buildup in the liver
• Parasite infections
• Infections (e.g., syphilis or brucellosis)
• Alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency
• High blood galactose levels
• Glycogen storage diseases
• Cystic fibrosis
• Porphyria (a disorder in which certain chemicals build up in the blood)
• A hereditary buildup of too much copper (Wilson disease) or iron (hemochromatosis) in the body
Also harmful to the liver is the consumption of trans-fats (hydrogenated oil) and highly processed omega-6 vegetable oils such as canola, corn, cottonseed, peanut, soy, safflower, sunflower, and margarine. These damaged fats/oils cause fatty-liver damage (cirrhosis) and type-two diabetes. GMOs in food also damage the liver. Tons of toxic chemicals sprayed on our food; in our environment (e.g., pesticides, herbicides such as glyphosate, etc.); and dumped into our drinking water (e.g., fluoride, lead, etc.) add insult to injury.
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Check Your Liver
Examination of your skin, tongue, eyes, and nails are four easy ways to check the health of your liver.
Observe if your skin is sallow, yellowish, or oily. Has it lost its elasticity? Is it full of wrinkles? Do you have acne, pimples, moles, broken capillaries, rosacea, or skin cancers? Healthy skin is clear, smooth, neither oily nor dry, and free of wrinkles or sagging. It should also be a pinkish-flesh color with a nice texture and free of age spots or moles.
Check if your tongue is swollen or has cracks, patches, or scallops. Is it purple, gray, or coated? A healthy tongue is pinkish like a child’s tongue, neither swollen nor enlarged, and free of cracks, scallops, or coatings.
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