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10 Warnings Signs Your Liver Is Stressed And Needs A Detox

10 Warnings Signs Your Liver Is Stressed And Needs A Detox

To be healthy, we need all our organs to be healthy, working together in tandem like a well-oiled machine. The liver is no different. The liver is a regulatory organ, keeping command over the entire digestive, absorptive and gastro-intestinal tract. A sluggish liver can slow down the entire digestive system, leaving you with poor nutrition, chronic fatigue and other health problems. Here are ten signs pointing to a stressed liver in need of a detox that you may not have known about.

1. A distended abdomen, with discomfort

Being gassier than usual, having abdominal discomfort, and bloating can all be signs to liver damage. The bloating and discomfort usually comes from developing ascites – accumulation of fluid between the abdominal wall and other organs – and can even cause you to be chronically short of breath.[1]

2. Chronic fatigue and tiredness

If even the best of diets and supplements are not making you feel like your usual perky self, then this perpetual tiredness may be a sign that your liver is stressed. The tiredness that you feel is basically a result of your body overworking to remove those toxins from your body, since your liver isn’t doing it that well.[2]

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3. Sleep apnea or sudden snoring

Snoring and apnea can be a sign of many things. But if you seem to have developed this problem overnight, then it may point to the fact that your liver is stressed. If the snoring or the apnea disturbs your sleep, it then puts even more stress on an already overworked liver.[3]

4. One too many colds and cough

If you seem to be a magnet for every kind of flu doing rounds and no amount of vitamin C seems to help, then a sluggish liver that’s unable to remove toxins effectively might be to blame. The liver is also part of our body’s defense mechanism, and can fight off infections only if it’s healthy in the first place.

5. Sugar rush, and crash

Sometimes, meals do leave us feeling sluggish and sleepy. However, if this becomes a regular feature for you, then your liver isn’t managing sugars right, meaning your liver is stressed.

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6. Far too many digestive issues

Cramps, constipation, the loosies, acid reflux or heartburn – if any or many of these are part and parcel of your daily litany of woes, your liver is stressed and probably not producing the right amount of bile needed for healthy digestion.[4]

7. Nutrient deficiencies, despite a healthy diet

Got your blood work back and it keeps pointing to one or the other nutritional deficiency; the problem is that your liver is not doing its job of optimum absorption of nutrition. Meaning your liver is in stress and in need of a detox, A.S.A.P.

8. A plateau weight, plus or minus

Overweight and just cannot lose those layers despite exercise and diet? Or are you suddenly putting on weight for no rhyme or reason? Remember that an unhealthy liver loses its ability to process fat and lipids properly – so you end up weighing more than usual, or unable to lose any weight. [5]

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9. Absent-minded, or just plain confused

One important role of the liver is to process and eliminate toxins from the body. However when your liver is stressed and unable to do so effectively, the toxins find their way into your brain, causing memory loss, confusion, and a brain fog.[6]

10. Mood swings and the blues

Obviously, the treatment for depression or mood swings is not one-dimensional, and there are a myriad of reasons for such emotional and mental problems. However, a sluggish liver can worsen any pre-existing conditions like these, or possibly cause them, due to toxins in your brain that your liver failed to eliminate.

Your liver is stressed. Why?

A bad lifestyle that includes too much alcohol, sugar, tobacco, or caffeine and too little exercise, along with poor nutrition are the more generic causes that cause a stressed liver. Certain autoimmune disorders, genetic defects, hepatitis strains, and harmful overmedication of paracetamol are some of the other possible causes.

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Reference

[1] https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000286.htm
[2] https://www.liverdoctor.com/chronic-fatigue-syndrome/
[3] http://www.liversupport.com/nightcaps-insomnia-and-liver-disease/
[4] https://www.liverdoctor.com/gallbladder-and-digestive-problems/
[5] http://www.naturalnews.com/035305_weight_gain_fatty_liver_obesity.html
[6] http://www.liversupport.com/the-connection-between-brain-fog-and-liver-health/

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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