All our bodily organs are important and they all have their own jobs to do, so it’s important to look after yourself and keep yourself as healthy as you can so that your system works at optimum levels - but it’s your liver that you might want to take a particular interest in when it comes to lifestyle habits, as this organ works especially hard for you… and you may want to return the favour!
You only have one liver and you do need to take care of it, since it performs all sorts of essential tasks that help keep you upright and in good working condition, such as processing your digested food, controlling the amount of glucose, amino acids and fats in your blood, and even fighting off infections.
The liver is the biggest solid organ in your entire body and the largest gland, weighing around 1.3kg in women and 1.8kg in men, holding around 12 per cent of your total blood supply at any one time and with more than 500 functions… so, as you can see, it’s probably worth giving it a bit of care and attention from time to time.
One of the most important functions of your liver is breaking down food and converting it into energy. Carbs are broken down into glucose and then stored in your liver and muscles as glycogen, which is then converted very quickly by the liver back into glucose when energy is needed in an emergency.
Interestingly, your liver has a huge part to play in your brain health, as well. It can change potentially toxic substances in your body and make them harmless - but if your liver is damaged and isn’t working properly, then these toxins can build up.
If these then make their way into your brain, you could find yourself facing hepatic encephalopathy, which can lead to shaking, seizures, severe confusion, fatigue, slow movement and slurred speech, among other symptoms.
However, the liver is like the Wolverine of bodily organs and it can take a lot of abuse, replacing damaged tissue very quickly with new cells. It’s actually the only organ in your entire body that has the ability to regenerate!
But even so, you need to remember that its healing powers won’t last forever and the liver is like an elastic band… stretch it too far and it’ll never bounce back.
So what can you do to help look after your liver and keep it working hard for you? Firstly, reducing the amount of alcohol you drink will do a lot of good, as will keeping your weight down and getting enough exercise on a daily basis.
You can also give your liver a big boost with de-liver-anceⓇ, a detoxifying beverage made from a blend of herbs, roots and extracts that has been designed specifically to help you promote optimum liver health and support your immune system. Give it a go today!