The liver is the primary organ responsible for cleansing your body of pollutants and toxins. This large organ works tirelessly to detoxify, inactivate and excrete toxic substances, drugs, hormones as well as dead and damaged cells from the body.
The liver also plays an important role in metabolism and is involved in fat, carbohydrate and protein metabolism and vitamin and mineral storage. Additionally, it is a major blood reservoir, filtering over 1.4 liter of blood per minute. Every day the liver manufactures and secretes almost a liter of bile.
Bile is necessary for the absorption of fat-soluble material from the intestines, including many vitamins, and its secretion helps eliminate many toxic substances.
But an overload of toxins can leave the liver overworked and exhausted, allowing toxic and waste material to enter the blood and body, causing symptoms such as hormone imbalances, fatigue and weakens the immune system.
Islamic Prophetic Medicine considers the liver the organ most strongly affected by our emotions and stress. Similarly, Traditional Chinese Medicine recognizes that when the liver is stressed, anger, depression and irritability are more likely to arise.
Physical symptoms of an overworked liver include:
- General lethargy and fatigue
- Feeling sluggish or unable to concentrate
- Insomnia or restless sleep
- Increased allergy symptoms
- Eye problems (red or watery eyes)
- Hot flushes
- Increased PMS
- Muscular or joint pain
- Neck tension or pain