Not many people can realize or have learned all the liver does for the body.
Many people when thinking of the most important organs will think of the lungs and heart, and while they are very vital organs, the liver is almost just as important.
The liver has over 500 known functions such as: it is involved in the digestion, endocrine or hormonal function, immunity, blood sugar regulation, and protein, cholesterol, and fat metabolism.
A few of the most important functions the liver is responsible for are:
Storing of vitamins, sugars, and iron for energy
Production and removal of cholesterol
Produces immune factors and removes bacteria
Produces bile to digest and absorb food
Makes clotting factors possible so we do not bleed to death
Metabolizes proteins for energy
Controls hormonal balance
Detoxification or purification of the body.
Detoxification is one of the liver’s most important functions, and the one that puts it at the greatest risk for damage.
Our society is very aware of sanitizing and cleaning our homes, kitchens, and bathrooms. We bathe every day; brush our teeth and our hair. But do we ever think about cleansing the one organ that detoxes us?
There are toxins everywhere in our environment, air, food, and water we drink. A toxin is any substance that causes harmful effects to the body. At times they are natural by-products of certain body processes; these are called endo-toxins. The majority of toxins, though, will come from the environment and food or water that we consume.
They enter our bodies and are consumed through alcohol, caffeine, hydrogenated oils, genetically modified foods, and chemical food additives. Some travel into our system from over the counter or prescription drugs.
We are also exposed to thousands of toxic chemicals in our environment such as pesticides, car exhaust, cosmetics, secondhand smoke, mold, bacteria, viruses, and indoor pollutants from pain, carpets, and cleaners, just to name a few.
On average adults can expect to take in over 20 thousand toxins on any given day.
That is why the liver is so important and another reason why the liver can become imbalanced or overloaded easily.
Under normal circumstances, your body handles toxins by neutralizing, transforming, and eliminating them. If your liver becomes imbalanced or over-worked, it has a harder time to convert and eliminate these toxins, causing them to become dangerous.
The overabundance of toxins then create even more issues such as allergies, skin problems, digestive problems, headaches, fatigue, joint pain, and a variety of other symptoms which are listed below.
10 Symptoms associated with an imbalanced and overworked liver:
Weight gain or weight loss difficulties
Abdominal bloating & indigestion/acid reflux
High blood pressure & high cholesterol
Mood swings & Depression
Skin irritations like eczema & dermatitis
Hypoglycemia & blood sugar imbalances
Sleep issues & apnea
If you have two or more of the above symptoms, your liver is imbalanced and needs some support.
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