Causes of Liver Failure

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Information on Causes of Liver Failure

When the efficiency of the liver has become impaired, our body will encounter difficulty in handling rich foods such as concentrated cheeses, fats or meats. The failure or impairment in the functions of the liver can lead to serious damage and undermine the functions of the digestive system. The whole metabolic disorders relating to our oesophagus, duodenum, gallbladder, pancreas, rectum and other inflammations are considered only stages of a dynamic process, starting with liver failure and hardening of the blood vessels which provide the liver with its circulation and eventually resulting in hardening of the liver tissue, and sometimes in cancer.

Diabetes, heart disease, kidney damage, circulatory disorders and blood diseases are only a few of the many afflictions that shows up when there is a malfunction in the liver. Injury or destruction to the liver cells is usually brought on by various poisons or irritants that circulate in the bloodstream; nutritional deficiencies and interferences in circulation are other contributory factors.

The cells of the liver are bathed in the blood brought by the portal vein from the gastro-intestinal tract, blood which may contain toxins known or unknown. The result of such toxic action may be the death of some or many of the cells of a liver lobule, it may be of one or many of the lobules themselves. Among the numerous agents which may cause degeneration and necrosis of the liver cells may be mentioned chemicals, both organic and inorganic, certain drugs and tar-like substances, foreign proteins and products of protein decomposition, bacterial toxins, infections and exposure to radiation.

The chemicals used in the growing and processing of foods can be damaging to our liver, hence we must be careful when selecting the foods we eat. The harmful effects of certain drugs and tar-like substances on our liver is not always immediately evident because most of the times, our liver is doing its best to neutralize them and render them harmless to our body. But in the process of neutralizing them, our liver may be stressed out or damaged if the intake of these substances is enormous and constant. It is essential to detoxified all drugs if the body is to be protected against their harmful effects on the liver.

The liver, because of its central role in metabolism and excretion of many drugs, is a frequent target of an untoward and unexpected action of a drug. The initial signs that are often present when there is a liver disorder are lack of appetite, weakness in the body, fever, skin inflammation with intense itching and simultaneous involvement of the other organs of the body, such as heart, kidney, bone marrow and colon.

The human individual in normal health is practically immune to natural infection, and that only when the body is in a depleted condition can an infection develop.


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