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I am in constant AWE of the LIVER and all that it does. It has some pretty serious jobs, and it’s no wonder so many of our livers’ are stressed at best, and dysfunctional at worst.

One major role of the liver is to function much like a filter. If your body has to handle too many toxins, or waste products, the filter becomes clogged and ineffective.

If toxins are not eliminated they recirculatethrough your blood and affect many organ functions. Toxins can affect nervous system and mental function, leading to fatigue, depression or anxiety. This build up of toxins can cause allergies and skin reactions. Inadequate detoxification leads to accelerated ageing and promotes the onset of degenerative diseases.

Is your liver suffering? Here are some common signs:

– Skin or eyes that appear yellowish (jaundice)
– Abdominal pain and swelling
– Swelling in the legs and ankles
– Itchy skin
– Dark urine colour
– Pale stool colour, or bloody or tar-coloured stool
– Chronic fatigue
– Nausea or vomiting
– Loss of appetite
– Tendency to bruise easily

If you’re concerned about the health of your liver, or wondering if liver dysfunction may be at the root cause of your symptoms, feel free to get in touch! I test the liver using an organic acids metabolic profile which provides different markers to that of the regular GP blood test, and can give you a much deeper look into your body’s functioning.

~ Filipa Bellette
Clinical Nutritionist
Functional Medicine Practitioner

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