The liver is a vital organ present in vertebrates and some other animals. It has a wide range of functions, including detoxification, protein synthesis, and production of biochemicals necessary for digestion. The liver is necessary for survival; there is currently no way to compensate for the absence of liver function long term, although liver dialysis can be used short term.
Thi organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of lipids. The liver's highly specialized tissues regulate a wide variety of high-volume biochemical reactions, including the synthesis and breakdown of small and complex molecules, many of which are necessary for normal vital functions.
LIVER FACTSThe liver is the largest solid organ in our body. It’s about 8 inches (20 cm) wide, 6.5 inches (17 cm) long and 4.5 inches (12 cm) thick and weighs approximately 3.5 pounds (1.6 kilograms).
You’ll find your liver mostly under your ribs in the upper right part of your abdomen, just below your diaphragm.
The liver has two large lobes; a large right lobe and a smaller left lobe.
The liver has various functions:
- It makes and secretes bile to help your body absorb fats and fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K)
- It metabolizes and stores carbohydrates, fats, sugars, vitamins (and other nutrients obtained from the foods we eat) for energy and brain function.
- It breaks down harmful chemicals (bilirubin and ammonia) produced by the body and keeps the body regulated and healthy.
- It manufactures proteins to help maintain blood purity and proper flow.
- It breaks down hormones, detoxifies water and removes drugs, alcohol and environmental toxins
- And it filters waste products from your blood.
You see the liver is broken into three zones, each with a specific function. The blood enters the first zone, travels to the second and third zone then leaves the liver - with each zone being susceptible to its own illnesses.
Amazingly, the liver can regenerating itself, however today with the consistent abuse from our fast paced lifestyle our liver is paying a hefty price.
“Dangerous Eating Habits”
Studies show that a fast food diet of burgers, fries and soft drinks can damage the liver.
It is normal for your liver to contain some fat, but if the weight of your liver is more than 10% fat, then you have fatty liver and you may develop more serious complications.
When we eat too much fatty food it increases an enzyme called alanine aminotransferase (ALT) – an enzyme which indicates liver damage and increases the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, as well as hepatitis C.
Fat cells are building up in the liver and endangering our health. Due to our modern lifestyles, doctors are seeing a wide range of preventable illnesses.
The deficiencies in our diet as well as the excessive and habitual consumption of alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, food additives, pharmaceutical and OTC (over-the-counter) drugs are killing our liver cells.
Plus, environmental pollutants such as garden chemicals, cosmetic ingredients, home repair materials and household cleaning products are overtaxing our liver.
A damaged liver has difficulty removing toxins. And, if toxins remain in our system they can build up in our blood and our brain.
A struggling liver can cause a variety of health problems, including:
- Dark urine
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Diarrhea, and light colored stools
- Enlarged blood vessels, easy bruising
- Anxiety and depression
- Mental confusion
- Exhaustion and fatigue
- Jaundice, or yellowing of the skin
- Impaired libido (sex drive)
- Food allergies and chemical sensitivities
|The symptoms related to liver dysfunction include both physical signs and a variety of symptoms related to digestive problems, blood sugar problems, immune disorders, abnormal absorption of fats, and metabolism problems.|
|Studies show that a fast food diet of burgers, fries and soft drinks can damage the liver. |
|A healthy liver relies on a healthy diet, regular exercise, lots of fresh air, and avoiding things that can cause liver damage. Try to be kind to your liver. Know what can cause it injury and what can help it. |
|You can find many herbs that detoxify your liver at your local health food store. |