How Does the Liver Work

How does the liver work? What happens if your liver is not functioning at full capacity?

Your liver is actually one of your biggest and heaviest organs. The average liver weighs three pounds. It is not only big in size, but your liver is important because of the many bodily functions that rely on or actually happen inside the liver.

Liver function is directly correlated to the delivery of nutrients and processing of waste in your body. Each day, your liver metabolizes the food you eat, breaking down fats, carbohydrates and proteins into accessible nutrients your body can use. Your liver stores vitamins, minerals and sugar, converting these items into usable nutrients that are then delivered to the cells throughout your body. Your liver also filters toxins from your body and creates bile which helps your stomach digest food.

As a result, your liver is vitally important to your body. But how does this actually happen?

Everything you eat and drink is digested in the stomach and intestine, but then passed into the blood in your stomach and intestines and then through your liver. Your liver acts like a filter or a sieve, changing the chemical structure of the stuff flowing through it into usable nutrients or flushable waste. Waste is excreted, nutrients are absorbed and distributed through the body, and your body remains healthy. If your liver stops functioning at full capacity, some waste does not get filtered and some nutrients do not get converted and distributed properly, resulting in a multitude of health problems. This is why your liver is vitally important to your health.

Your liver is responsible for the following functions:

  • Making blood cells
  • Storing iron
  • Storing vitamins, minerals, sugars
  • Metabolizing fats
  • Preventing blood clots
  • Changing the chemical structure of alcohol so the body can handle it
  • Breaking down poisons
  • Regulating cholesterol
  • Maintaining chemical balances throughout the body
  • Balancing hormone levels
  • Boosting immunity
  • Filtering out excess bacteria from blood

Your liver is a vital organ. Make sure you protect your liver health.

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