Lazy liver: what it is, symptoms and causes of slow liver
The lazy liver is one that works slowly and does not perform its functions normally. What are your symptoms and what causes it? We reveal it to you.
The liver is undoubtedly an amazing organ, fundamental for life and for the proper functioning of our body. It stands out for being the largest solid organ in our body, being able to regenerate itself when a certain toxic or harmful substance affects it.
Among its most important functions, it is able to recover and transform a good amount of toxins so that they do not adversely affect our body, besides intervening in the metabolism of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, and exert an important storage function at the responsible for storing glycogen and fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K). In short, you have been identified more than 500 functions.
Many pathologies or diseases can affect the health of the liver. Among the most common we can mention the following: the excessive accumulation of fat (fatty liver or hepatic steatosis), its inflammation due to viral causes (hepatitis), the accumulation of iron (hemochromatosis) or cirrhosis. However, there is also another less known and can influence our general health: the lazy liver (also known as slow liver).
What is lazy or slow liver?
While it is true that it is not a pathology or liver disease itself, yes we have a problem that affects the functioning of the liver directly. When we have a lazy liver it means that it is performing its functions irregularly, slowly.
It is a clear sign that our liver is congested, which means that it does not perform its functions normally.
The symptoms of the lazy liver
When the liver is lazy or slow to function, certain signs or symptoms that can serve as an extension signal are common; that is, they can indicate to us that this body is not carrying out its functions normally. They are the following:
Drowsiness and fatigue after meals.
Exhaustion and lack of energy.
Indigestion and heavy digestion.
Halitosis (bad breath).
Alterations of the dream.
Appearance of dark spots on the skin.
Jaundice (yellowish color of the skin and the sclera).
What are your causes?
Most medical specialists agree on a cause that causes the liver to overload and not works properly: the accumulation of fat in different liver cells, mainly fatty acids and triglycerides, a condition known medically as fatty liver or hepatic steatosis.
And what are the causes that cause the accumulation of fat in the liver? Drink alcohol excessively, overweight (overweight and obese), follow bad eating habits (eat foods usually high in fat and processed foods) and also do not exercise regularly.
In general, fatty liver is a benign disease that in most cases does not tend to evolve to more serious stages. However, if left untreated it can progress to steatohepatitis (inflammation and enlargement of the liver), and finally to possible cirrhosis or liver cancer.