17 signs your liver needs some love

Mar 30, 2015

How do you know whether your liver needs some TLC? I witness these symptoms every week in my work, and through experience, if my clients answers positive to a lot of the answers below, I now suggest to my client that we work on their liver health as one of our first steps, as once we put in the dietary and lifestyle tweaks to ensure their liver can function optimally, this is one part of the health jigsaw puzzle solved.

The body has many ways of telling us that the body is in dis-ease, and these 17 signs are some of the main ones. They have been super useful to me in my work and even with my own health to be honest when I take too much on and go overboard on my work life or play time! It’s so easily done as there are just so many amazing things to do in this life but having this checklist engrained in the back of your mind can act as a red flag and encourage you to pause and re-align your food and lifestyle choices with your body again.

Cast your eyes over the 17 points on the checklist and see how you respond, but before you do, please don’t panic if you answer yes to a lot of them as it is so very common to do so, which is why I’m sharing it with you so you can connect the dots and do something about it!  I have included some amazing solutions afterwards so you can start implementing positive liver—supportive actions right away and monitor your symptoms going forward.


  1. Liver roll – that increased roll of fat high up under the bra of women and under the pectorals of men.
  2. Tender point in the center of your torso (this can also indicate gall bladder issues, heartbreak or massive disappointment); if your gall bladder has been removed, your liver has to make the bile the gall bladder once did, so additional liver support is often required.
  3. Prefer to start your day with coffee
  4. Not hungry for breakfast when you first get up in the morning.
  5. Daily long-term caffeine consumption.
  6. Elevated cholesterol.
  7. Bloat easily.
  8. Very short fuse or temper.
  9. Episodes of feelings of intense anger.
  10. Cellulite.
  11. PMS.
  12. Estrogen dominance symptoms.
  13. Sleep which is worse on an evening you consume alcohol.
  14. Drink alcohol daily.
  15. Waking hot in the night.
  16. Waking around 2am.
  17. Overheating easily.

So how did you do? When it comes to setting taking action and making changes, make sure you set time-based goals. For example, ‘I will only drink alcohol on a Satyrday night for the next four weeks,” or ‘I will only drink coffee when I go out for breakfast on Sundays.” Otherwise actions become a bit hazy and non-happening!


  1. Take a break from alcohol.
  2. Only drink on weekends; no alcohol during the week.
  3. Replace coffee with green or white tea (or less often, weak, black tea).
  4. Support the liver with a combination of the below herbs. I use this particular liver support called Hepasil which is a combination of green tea extract, cruciferous concentrate, milk thistle, alpha-lipoic acid, n-acetyl l-cysteine, choline bitartrate & turmeric :
  • Milk thistle, especially if alcohol is a regular part of your life.
  • Cruciferous extract.
  • Green tea extract.
  • Globe artichoke, especially if you have a tendency to constipation and/or a liver roll and/or central torso tenderness.
  • Bupleurum, especially if there are clots in the menstrual blood.
  1. Snack on seeds and nuts.
  2. Cut out grains containing gluten for a four-week trial.
  3. Cut out dairy products for a four-week trial.
  4. Eat less fruit; none after morning tea.
  5. Drink vegetable juice or a green smoothie each morning.
  6. Transform anger into passion by giving a different meaning to a past experience; the energy of anger and passion are the same but they have a polar opposite effect on the body.
  7. Take an essential fatty acid supplement; a good quality, decent dose of fish oil for reducing cholesterol, or a flax oil, evening primrose combination. I recommend “Biomega” by USANA Health Sciences, which is one of the purest fish oils on the market made to the highest quality and standards and double distillation process to ensure that it is free from contaminants. 
  8. Eat high zinc foods such as oysters (from clean waters) or take a zinc supplement or zinc picolinate 15 to 30mg per day and best taken at night just before bed to maximize absorption.

Remember it is what you do every day that impacts your health, not what you do sometimes. Just get honest with yourself. And take such good care of yourself that your quality of life is forever excellent. We only have one liver.

All the healthy best,

Jess x

Hi, I’m Jess! Nutritional Therapist  & Personal Trainer, sharing workouts & nutrition made simple from my island home in Menorca. My mission? To educate & inspire people to achieve & sustain their personal health & body shape goals. I love to hike, cook, and bring inspiring people together.


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