Common Causes of Liver Disease and Brain Fog: Chronic Stress and Depression
The researchers, from Harvard University, suggested stress could be as important a risk factor as smoking or high blood pressure.
Symptoms of a Stressed Liver
Depression is a common symptom in patients with liver disease. Further, anxiety disorder and chronic depression proved to increase the risk of death from liver disease. Emotions like anger, irritability and depression are common symptoms when our liver is in bad condition.
Studies suggest that liver disease potentially affect our decision-making abilities and even cause brain fog. Studies found that liver failure might lead to confusion, tremors and clumsiness in the brain, which potentially result in personality changes. More: Depression and Chronic Liver Diseases: Are There Shared Underlying Mechanisms?
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Severe Liver Disease Leads to Brain Function’s Decline
Hepatic encephalopathy refers to the fact that brain function’s decline occurs as a result of severe liver disease. As our liver fails to remove toxins from our blood, the accumulation of toxins in our bloodstream might lead to brain fog or even brain damage. Symptoms of hepatic encephalopathy include worsening brain fog.
Symptoms of Brain Fog
Symptoms of Brain fog include mental fogginess, forgetfulness, concentration problems, problems of memory and disorganized thinking.
The Connection Between Anxiety and Fatty Liver
Significantly, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is also linked to diabetes. Positive emotions do help us control a balanced blood sugar level and vice versa. That fully explains why the Bible says a joyful heart is the best medicine. It’s worth nothing that the key decider of our self-healing power hinges on our subconsciousness. More: Depression, anxiety prevalent in young people with liver disease)
Chronic Stress and Higher Risk of Stroke
If our body is under high pressure persistently, blood will become thick and easy to block, and that’s why cardiovascular diseases and arrhythmia are prone to occur during high blood pressure. That’s why chronic stress is highly linked to heart and circulatory disease.
In response to persistent high pressure, body’s adrenaline rises, blood vessels contract and blood pressure rises, which might lead to stroke in hypertensive patients.
The researchers found that jobs with high demands and low control, such as waitress or nurses aide, were associated with a 22 % increased risk of stroke, comparing to jobs with low demand and high control, such as architect or natural scientist.The results were more evident for ischemic stroke in which is caused by a blood clot.
Chronic stress causes inflammation in the body, which potentially lead to stroke or heart attack. Thus, stress should be taken seriously.(Reference: Dr. Katzan)
There’s a strong link between stress and higher blood sugar levels. Also, diabetes potentially leads to irritability and mood swings. In a word, muscle-building is helpful to control our blood sugar levels and our emotions.
Stress and Low Immunity
When we experience stress, the amygdala sends a distress signal to our hypothalamus, which notifies our body ready to fight.
Stress facilities the secretion of adrenal corticosteroids, and the number of lymphocytes will decrease.
The Symptoms of Poor Liver Function
- Skin and eyes that appear yellowish (jaundice)
- Swelling in the legs and ankles
- Chronic fatigue
- irritability, mood swings, being more sentimental or pessimistic
Studies found that both sleep deprivation and night shifts are highly linked to emotional weakness. Researches have proved that negative emotions causes genes changes. Thus, be aware of your negative thoughts. Take time to deal with your old mental wounds. Some people tend to run away from their negative emotions by seeking food pleasures. Indeed, habitual binge eating potentially lead to GERD or diabetes.
Acupuncture treatment might be helpful to promote the regeneration of liver cells.
Our liver regulates bile secretion, stores blood, and is connected with the tendons, nails, and eyes. Our liver gets further damaged because of negative emotions such persistent suppressed anger, resentment, and unshakable sorrow. Researches show that stress does affect our weight, appetite, gut health and more.