what does a liver do

Functions and Importance of the Liver

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What Is The Liver?

It’s a large, four-lobed organ that is located in the right side of your upper abdomen, beneath your lower rib cage. This glandular organ is basically a filter though which all substances–nutrients and toxins alike – must pass before they enter your bloodstream. The liver works together with your gall bladder, pancreas, and intestines to digest, absorb, and process the food that you take in. Next to the skin, it’s your body’s largest organ. It is also the only organ that has the capacity to regenerate itself after damage has occurred. The term you might be familiar with is Reversing a Fatty Liver.

How does all of this work? The liver takes a two-phase approach to cleansing every single nutrient and every pint
of blood that circulates through your body. During the first phase, it latches onto a toxin and uses oxidation, hydrolysis, or reduction to convert it onto a less-harmful substance. These chemical reactions induce other toxic byproducts that the body deals with via antioxidants consumed in the daily diet, and via the second phase of the liver’s ongoing detoxification process.

In the second phase, the liver attaches buffer molecules to the toxins released from the first phase, making them even less toxic. Next, toxins that began in a fat-soluble state are transformed into water-soluble substances before being passed to the kidneys and bladder for excretion in urine. If you are like most people, you are probably not eating enough antioxidant-rich foods (like red fruits and vegetables, leafy greens, etc.) to keep your liver operating at an optimal level. That means that it has to work overtime just to keep up.

What Does a Liver Do?

Your liver is responsible for more than 500 functions. Here is a list detailing just a few of the many jobs it does for you, day in and day out:

  • Produces Kupffer cells, which eat up harmful bacteria and worn-out blood cells
  • Helps regulate body temperature
  • Metabolizes all substances, including medications and alcohol, transforming certain toxins and poisons into less harmful substances
  • Makes cholesterol
  • Stores fat soluble nutrients including copper, iron, and vitamins A, D, and B12
  • Blocks harmful substances and prevents them from entering the bloodstream
  • Produces the amino acids heparin, thrombin, and prothrombin, which your body needs to ensure that blood clots in the event of an injury
  • Produces urea, which is the main waste component in your urine
  • Maintains the body’s glucose levels
  • Converts glucose into energy or glycogen
  • Aids in the breakdown of lipids (fats) through the production of bile salts
  • Filters all the blood that that circulates through the digestive tract before passing it on to the rest of the body
  • Filters and processes hormones; without proper liver function, excess estrogen, poor insulin production and other imbalances can result

 

what does a liver do

As a result of all this hard work, it can become overloaded with toxins that have accumulated from a variety of sources:

  • Artificial food additives including sweeteners and preservatives
  • Fast food and junk food
  • Carcinogens
  • Medications
  • Alcohol
  • Pesticides and herbicides from food and the environment
  • Pollution from the air you breathe and the water you drink

In order to keep this essential organ in good shape you need to perform a Liver Detox or Liver Cleanse Diet in regular time intervals.


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