How to Use Your Feet to Diagnose Liver Problems—Dr. Berg Explains
Did you know you can assess liver problems using your feet? Find out how!
0:00 Introduction: How to use your feet to assess liver health
0:35 Red and brown spots
2:20 Spider veins
3:07 Dry, cracked heels
4:08 Itchy feet
6:53 More symptoms associated with liver damage
7:44 Toenail fungus
8:55 Toenail issues related to liver problems
12:43 Discover the best foods for the liver
In this video, we’re going to take a look at some of the different foot symptoms you may be experiencing and connect them to the health of your liver.
One common sign of liver problems is red and brown spots on the lower leg. These spots are caused by poor circulation and are often seen in people who have diabetes or cirrhosis of the liver.
When the liver isn't functioning properly, you may experience bruising and discoloration. You may also notice that the lower leg is swollen and shiny and no longer grows hair. Pitting edema may accompany these symptoms.
The good news about liver problems is that the liver is one of the only organs that can completely regenerate itself!
Spider veins, whether in the lower leg and foot or anywhere else on the body, signify that the liver can no longer regulate estrogen. Excess estrogen can cause a fatty liver and problems with your bile ducts, which can lead to gallstones.
Dry, cracked heels or generally dry feet are symptoms of an omega-3 deficiency. The liver makes bile, which helps you break down and absorb fat-soluble vitamins and nutrients. If you have liver damage, it will be difficult to absorb omega-3 fatty acids. Rarely, dry, cracked heels may be related to a B3 deficiency.
Other foot-related symptoms that typically signify liver damage include:
•Inflammatory conditions like arthritis and plantar fasciitis
•Fungus between toes
Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 58, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis and intermittent fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals®. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.
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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full-time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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Thanks for watching! I hope this explains the connection between your liver and your feet. I’ll see you in the next video.