Our liver has a crucial role in maintaing health; it is the second largest organ and one of the most important organs we have. An inflamed and impaired liver can seriously interrupt essential functions, loose the ability to fight infections and affect our body's major organs - digestive tract, kidney, brain, immune system and cardiovascular system. Anything we consume, foods, drinks or medicine passes through our liver. The liver is our filter.
The secret of an optimal liver is to keep a healthy liver diet and lifestyle, as much as possible.
Liver Functions Video
Learn about the importance of liver and its functions
The liver functions include:
- Processing of food's nutrients to rapidly produce energy, by converting resultant glycogen which is stored in the liver and muscles into glucose.
- Cholesterol production
- Manufacturing and Regulating hormones
- Toxins removal (such as old hormones, drugs, proteins or damaged cells)
- Fighting infections by supporting the immune system
- Bile production which helps digest food, mainly fat when passing from the stomach to the intestines
- Proteins and essential amino acids production in order to help grow and repair body tissues and metabolic processes
- Sugar storage to use anytime
- Storing and processing vitamins and other essentials nutrients
Note: as mentioned in another post, the liver is the only organ capable to regenerate itself; nevertheless, it's power to regenerate itself might be seriously impaired by repeated or extensive damage.