Did you know you can spot liver problems in your feet?

0:00 Liver problems can show up in your feet; here’s what to look for
2:40 Itching of the bottom of your foot indicates a backup of fluid into the liver
4:44 Here are some causes of liver problems
5:40 I recommend a good diet for your liver

Because liver problems often show up in your feet, I explain the signs and symptoms to look for. For a full diagnosis of liver disease, please see your doctor.

Red and brown dots, which can also be shiny, can appear on the lower leg. This indicates poor circulation. It could also be diabetes, but you see this a lot in people with liver problems.

You may also see spider veins (spider nevus). This can be an indication of too much estrogen in the liver. If your heels are cracked, this is usually a vitamin B3 deficiency or an omega 3 fatty acid deficiency. One function of the liver is to make bile to help your body absorb fatty acids including vitamin A and vitamin E.

Itching on the bottom of your foot indicates a backup of fluids into the liver. For example, if bile backs up and your liver is congested, you could be getting a build up of histamines.

Pain or inflammation in the bottom of the foot often mimics plantar fasciitis, but can be a liver problem. You can also have hot feet, and bad odor when your liver can’t detoxify correctly so toxins are leaking out through your skin.

Usually if someone’s liver is bad, it means their diet is bad, and their body is full of toxins. Chances are, if your liver is bad so too are your kidneys and colon.

If you have pitting edema is also a common liver symptom. You may also have toenail fungus. People with liver problems often have more fungus in and on their body, due to an imbalance of their gut microflora. You may also experience dandruff and psoriasis. Your nail beds turn white.

Common causes of liver problems include medications, sugar (especially high fructose corn syrup), cooked foods, too few vegetables, excessive alcohol, and excessive protein.

A healthy ketogenic diet combined with intermittent fasting is best for a healthy liver.

Now you know how to spot liver problems, understand their causes, and how to get your liver healthy again.

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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, and 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.

    73 replies to "9 Things Your Feet Can Tell You About Your Liver Problems – Dr. Berg"

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      • Sandra estrada

        I have had a fatty liver for a long time now. I’m vegan now. I have stopped eating junk foods of all kinds now. I have noticed that my feet are getting bumps around the ankles and other places. I’m very concerned.

    • Fuuuk the Establishment

      I was a hardcore drinker and the majority of those issues were happening to my feet. I also had other issues going on like fatigue and brain processing effects. Been sober for almost a year now and trying to repair all that damage. Everything seems to have cleared up but I’m still focused. Currently on a 48 hour fast ☺

      • Jake Carroll

        Same 27 and quit alcohol best decision of my life. Remember when they said you couldn’t repair brain cells that were damaged.

        Fasting: 😄

      • taylorguitar814ce

        Can you elaborate and explain what your symptoms were and what you did? Thanks.

      • Sunny

        @Katherine Wold i drink lots of good clean water and if I do start to feel off, like possibly low blood sugar, I put a little Himalayan salt or sea salt in my hand and lick it, followed by water. I was able to fast longer than I previously had before by doing this.

      • Eloise Av

        Well done!! Keep it up 💪

      • PhD Nurse Practitioner- SMART Student Nurse Topics

        Keep on the pathway! One day at a time. Good work! Ask your doctor about Naltrexone to help stop the brain’s neurotransmitter receptors from craving alcohol. The use of this medication depends upon the severity of your liver condition.

        Dr. B.

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      Noble Prize for being the people’s doctor who informs and educates and shared healing health. Blessings and huge gratitude Dr. Berg!

      • Mirella Sikaly

        I strongly agree

      • Theodora Baptiste

        I have lot of spider veins on both legs ,should I get a Dr check up for liver disease?

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      My client recommended your videos and they are truly life changing! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOU PASSION TO HELP US ALL 🙌🏽

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        ..impressive, its my biggest problem! I can avoid fried foods but always go to sweeter foods. Are you avoiding all sweets or using a substitute? Keep up the good work👍

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        @asmr by nature use the sugar of the fruits in the morning … instead of drinking so much coffee now I drink from 3 to 5 cups of tea with one spoon of honey … natural ! The more natural things you put in your buddy the better ! NO MORE SUGAR !!! ✨😎

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        @asmr by nature When I was on Weight Watchers and ate 3 fruits a day, I Never craved sweets. Just a thought.

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    • Chef Dee

      Wow. I’ve had a stabbing pain in my foot for a year. Toenail fungus for decades. Cracked heels, vericose veins, all of this! Thanks Doctor!

      • I am learning alif ba ta

        Same issues for me too
        I should be extra careful from now on
        Thanks Doc

      • Wayn Smith

        Same here!

      • Blue Lady

        I have the hot feet thing

    • Dublinbird Hanson

      I used to have very cracked heels. I had to go low carb, no sugar 10 months ago. While watching this video I realized my heels are completely normal now. I’ve had a lot of encouragement watching these teachings.

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      • Dr. Eric Berg DC

        Glad you like the video. Thanks for watching!

      • acechandlerac

        Most doctors do, but we can’t forget, patients also REQUEST those medications. Many doctors will try and avoid most medications but the patient is free to request a medication for their issue.

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        I wonder how many doctors know this information.

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