Most of us have probably heard of the liver and how it helps breakdown any alcohol we ingest. And whilst this is true it has so many more functions to perform.
Without a functioning liver a person cannot survive. This essential organ is involved in over 500 vital functions. Some of its many functions include:
Converting carbohydrates to glucose (for instant energy) and converts glucose to glycogen (stored glucose).
Amino acids are sent to the liver for the production of hormones.
Filters blood – All the blood leaving the stomach and intestines passes through the liver, which removes toxins, by products, and other harmful substances.
Regulates blood clotting – Blood clotting coagulants are created using vitamin K, which can only be absorbed with the help of bile, a fluid the liver produces.
Resists infections – As part of the filtering process, the liver also removes bacteria from the bloodstream.
Stores vitamins and minerals – The liver stores significant amounts of vitamins A, D, E, K, and B12, as well as iron and copper.
This organ is vital to the body’s metabolic functions and immune system.
Here are some key things you can do to help it function optimally:
- Avoid recreational drugs.
- Drink alcohol in moderation.
- Exercise regularly.
- Eat healthy foods.
- Practise safe sex.
- Drink at least 2 litres of filtered tap water daily.
- Minimise your exposure to man-made chemicals and toxic compounds by choosing organic produce where possible and switching to cleaning products based on natural ingredients.
- Do a detox or liver cleanse once a year.
Talk to your health practitioner today for a personalised detox program.