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What does the liver do?

Why is the Liver so important?

What is the Liver?

  • The liver is the largest glandular organ of the body.
  • It weighs about 3 lb (1.36 kg).
  • It is reddish brown in color and is divided into four lobes of unequal size and shape.
  • The liver lies on the right side of the abdominal cavity beneath the diaphragm.
  • Blood is carried to the liver via two large vessels called the hepatic artery and the portal vein.
    1. The hepatic artery carries oxygen-rich blood from the aorta (a major vessel in the heart).
    2. The portal vein carries blood containing digested food from the small intestine.

What functions does the liver perform?

  • Production of bile, which helps carry away waste and break down fats in the small intestine during digestion
  • Production of certain proteins for blood plasma
  • Production of cholesterol and special proteins to help carry fats through the body
  • Conversion of excess glucose into glycogen for storage (This glycogen can later be converted back to glucose for energy.)
  • Regulation of blood levels of amino acids, which form the building blocks of proteins
  • Processing of hemoglobin for use of its iron content (The liver stores iron.)
  • Conversion of poisonous ammonia to urea (Urea is one of the end products of protein metabolism that is excreted in the urine.)
  • Clearing the blood of drugs and other poisonous substances
  • Regulating blood clotting
  • Resisting infections by producing immune factors and removing bacteria from the blood stream
  • Hormone metabolism
  • Phagocytosis(The engulfing and ingestion of bacteria or other foreign bodies by phagocytes)

When the liver has broken down harmful substances, they are excreted into the bile or blood. Bile by-products enter the intestine and ultimately leave the body in the feces. Blood by-products are filtered out by the kidneys and leave the body in the form of urine.

Symptoms of a sluggish liver

Everybody knows that when they abuse their livers their health will suffer. The expression “feeling liverish” clearly demonstrates that people have been making the connection for generations. If you’re feeling cranky, irritable and nauseous then chances are that your liver is functioning under-par. Other symptoms of liver dysfunction range from flatulence, meteorism (distention of the abdomen), headaches, fluid retention and constipation-all the way through to jaundice and cirrhosis.

Liver Regeneration requires

  • HGH powder
  • Methionine
  • Choline
  • Inositol
  • Lysine
  • Vitamin C
  • Bioflavonoid
  • Taurine
  • Supergreens

Herbs and vegetables that is beneficial to the liver.

  • St. Mary’s Thistle, (Milk Thistle, Silybum Marianum)
  • Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale)
  • Curles Dock (rumex crispus)
  • St. John’s Wort (Hypericum Perforatum)
  • Chicory (Excess of bile)
  • Vervain (verbena Officinalis)
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Spinach and green leafy vegetables

Summary

If you are suffering from skin problems, over weight, drink alcohol, take prescribed drugs or eat a lot of refined foods, and your feeling sluggish, and no energy then you need to improve your liver function.

Therefore people need to understand that if they take care of their liver, they will solve a lot of their health problems. Because the liver performs some 22 functions, our current lifestyle, environmental pollution, nutrient-deficiencient, over-processed and chemically contaminated foods quickly accelerates the damage to our liver and places an enormous stress on the liver and its functions.
Disclaimer: This content is reviewed periodically and is subject to change as new health information becomes available. The information provided is intended to be informative and educational and is not a replacement for professional medical evaluation, advice, diagnosis or treatment by a healthcare professional.
 
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