The human liver, weighing in at about 3 pounds, is a dark reddish-brown organ located in the upper right-hand portion of the abdomen.
The liver is responsible for performing hundreds functions every day, some of which are:
- Producing bile, which helps in removing waste and breaks down fats in the small intestines.
- Storing vitamins and minerals
- Maintaining proper level of glucose in the blood, the production of cholesterol and special proteins to carry fats through the body.
- Clearing our blood of drugs and poisonous substances.
- Producing immune factors and removing bacteria from blood, helping us fight infection.
- Breaking down harmful substances which are excreted into the bile or blood. Bile by-products are moved through the intestines and leaves the body as feces. Blood by-products a are filtered out by the kidneys and leave the body as urine.
- Converting glucose (sugar) to glycogen (stored sugar)
- Clearing our blood of drugs and other poisonous substances.
Liver problems show up in many surprising ways. Ask yourself if you:
- allow emotions to run you?
- get headaches? have reoccurring muscle and joint pain?
- have fuzzy or blurry vision from time to time?
- have liver spot or blemished skin?
If you answered yes to any of the above it may be due to a stressed liver!