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Articles on Liver Disease

Our liver is the largest gland in our body. It weighs about three pounds and fills the entire space under the right half of the diaphragm. It manufactures digestive juices much as the stomach does, acts as a reservoir by storing foods for future use, and reconstructs foods to fill our needs. A vigorous and functioning liver is one of our best protections against disease. It is apparent that liver is one of our most vital organs.  The liver filters all the foods we eat, except fat, that are absorbed from the intestinal tract and detoxifies them before they reach the heart. It plays an important role in digestion and assimilation of food, as well as in the elimination and/or detoxification or neutralization of the toxins of the body. Some of the functions of the liver illustrate the role it plays in the maintenance of our health and well-being. It produces the bile necessary for the digestion of fats. When the liver is unable to secrete enough bile the fats are not completely digested, and this can lead to many serious ailments. Fats not fully digested tend to deposit a film of fat on other foods, and they too become more difficult to digest. The bile also prevents putrefaction in the colon and by accelerating peristaltic action helps to regulate bowel functioning. Another function of the liver is further to modify the digested protein foods and prepare them for assimilation by the cells and tissues of the body.  The liver also completes the breakup of the starches and sugars, and stores the final product, in the form of glycogen, for future use, releasing it only when the body requires it for fuel and energy. When the body is deficient in sugar, the liver (under certain conditions) can convert protein and fat into sugar.  The liver also acts as a vast reservoir for vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, and even manufactures some of them when the needs of the body are increased. It converts the carotene of carrots and other yellow vegetables into vitamin A and stores many of the other vitamins and minerals for use when needed.  Finally, one of the most essential tasks of the liver is to neutralize and render harmless the many irritating substances and toxins that accumulate in the body as a result of the metabolic processes, or are taken into the system with our food and drink or in the form of chemicals and drugs.  The liver does possess vast recuperative powers. Even when large parts of it have already been damaged, it can often still rebuild itself and regain a fair degree of efficiency. Even when great parts of the liver are already destroyed, the remaining portions will continue to carry on all the necessary functions, although on a less efficient scale. Based on all this, it should be cleared that the liver possess vast reserves and can often show dramatic recovery. Nonetheless, in view of its importance to the body's economy, it should be evident that we are not very wise when we expose this vital organ to reckless abuses. Do not wait until your liver becomes damaged before adopting a positive health programme. Stop abusing it and it will serve you well through life.

 

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