If you were given an anatomy test right now could you point to where your liver is located, could you explain the basic function of liver, and could you tell me what would happen if something went wrong with your liver? If you’re sitting there scratching your head, puzzled, don’t worry you are not alone, the majority of individuals know they have a liver, and know that it is important to their health and survival, but often can not say much more than that. Here’s your chance to learn a bit more about your liver, educate yourself and then share these insights with friends and family members!
Function of the Liver
The liver is the largest glandular organ and serves many vital roles in the body. It acts as the body’s natural filter and blood cleaning agent; it is responsible for removing harmful toxins from your bloodstream and helps to breakdown substances we willingly put into our bodies like alcohol, caffeine, and drugs. Our liver also creates and produces bile, the important liquid needed to help digest food in your body. The liver is often referred to as a chemical factory, as it performs over five hundred chemical functions for our body. It takes one material and transforms it into something entirely different. For example, the liver transforms the solid foods and liquids that we digest into the energy and nutrients the body craves to survive.
Where is My Liver?
Most people would ambiguously refer to the general stomach, side of the gut location when asked to point to the location of their liver. You’re warm, but in actuality your liver is located on the right side of your abdomen behind your lower ribs, under the diaphragm. Your ribs are there to protect your vital liver from exterior harm. This wedge-shaped organ, is similar in size to a football, and weighs in between 3.2 – 3.7 pounds.
Because the liver plays so many leading roles for our body, it is no wonder that it is incredibly prone to disease and infection. Common diseases included but certainly are not limited to:
- Hepatitis: Inflammation and swelling of the liver (Caused by viruses like Hepatitis A, B, C and non-infectious causes like heavy drinking, drugs, etc.).
- Cirrhosis: Long-term damage to the liver, scarring, that impedes proper liver function.
- Alcoholic Liver Disease: Experienced by men and women alike from frequent intake of alcohol over a prolonged period of time.
- Liver Cancer: Usually developing after prolonged cirrhosis.
Blood tests are the most common way to tell if something is wrong with your liver. However discoloration of stools or darkened urine could be first warning signs. Often, if an individual experiences yellowing of skin or eyes, it’s jaundice, and that is a tell-tale sign that something is not right with your liver function and it is time to see your doctor for further tests.
Protect Your Liver Today
Luckily the liver is the only organ in the body that can grow back after damage and when small sections of it have had to be removed. Take the needed steps to protect your body so regrowth and regeneration are a last resort. Here are few tips that may help to maintain the vitality and function of the liver:
- Alcohol Consumption: Avoid heavy intakes of alcohol and binge drinking, though even small amount of alcohol can have negative implications on your liver.
- Liver Revitalization Supplement: Incorporate a daily all-natural liver regeneration supplement like HRL’s, BioZyme into your daily regimen.
- Food Choice: Because diet plays such an important role in the health of your liver, avoid eating fried and over-processed foods. Choose organic whenever possible to remove chemical additives that will have to go and be filtered through the liver.