The liver plays an important role in as many as 500 different functions, some of which include the elimination of waste and toxins, the storing of vitamins, and the breaking down of fats and other dietary groups during the digestion process.
When the liver is damaged, some of the functioning cells die and are replaced by scar tissue thus preventing it from working as it should. This condition is known as cirrhosis.
As scar tissue replaces normal tissue, blood circulation through your liver is affected – making it difficult for your liver to carry out essential functions. Soon the liver struggles to perform it detox function of removing chemicals and poisons from the system. Digestion is affected and the body struggles to produce needed nutrients.
While liver damage and scarring from cirrhosis is irreversible, the condition tends to develop slowly over a long period of time and once the underlying cause is discovered treatment can help to prevent further damage and minimize the consequent symptoms.