The Liver is the size of a football, the average weight of 3 pounds. This organ is the star player and VIP of the body that acts as a filtration and detoxification system. It impacts several organs such as the Kidneys, Heart, lung and it holds up to 13% of the body's blood supply. According to Clinical Assistant Professor of Hepatology Dr. Kwon M.D at the University of Michigan the liver performs over 500 functions to keep our body healthy.
“Anything that is eaten or consumed, whether it’s food, alcohol, medicine or toxins, gets filtered by the liver. Once we ingest food, it is digested by the stomach and intestine, gets absorbed into the blood and goes to the liver,” Kwon says.
The liver is smart and has a superior regulatory system. Dr. Kwon adds that “It knows when to detoxify, when to usher the toxins out of the body through urine or stool, when to store the nutrients and when to release them back into the blood.
Other Key Functions:
Removes sugar from the blood and stores it as Glycogen for future use.
Converts the stored glycogen to glucose and releases it to the bloodstream when body sugar level decreases.
Create Glucose from Carbohydrates and a form of protein.
It breaks down fats that are eaten, converting excess carbohydrates and protein into forms that are stored for later use.
Produces bile to help break down and absorb fats.
Bile removes waste products and toxins and gives stool its color.
Produces blood during pregnancy for fetal development.
Recycles blood by breaking down damage and old blood cells and repurpose them.
Store Iron and Vitamins for our nutritional needs.
Release plasma protein that is necessary for clotting which prevent us from bleeding out.
Why Cleanse and Detox?
When the Lung have a problem we can use a ventilator, when the heart have a problem we can use artificial/mechanical pump but when liver disease happens because of its complexity and major function only a partial or full transplant will do. Luckily portions of liver donated by a live donor will grow to a normal size if 60% is donated. Therefore, whatever we can do to cleanse and detox this system will play a significant part in keeping our bodies healthy and at peak performance.
How to keep the Liver healthy?
Limit the amount of alcohol you drink.
Be mindful about everything you consume.
Limit or avoid processed foods as much as possible.
Eat fresh foods and a well-balanced diet. That's 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables, along with fiber from vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains.
Be sure to include protein for the enzymes that help your body detox naturally.
Avoid illicit drugs and risky behaviors that may lead to viruses such as Hepatitis C which is an infection that attacks the liver and leads to serious/severe inflammation.
What does a liver detox really involve?
Taking supplements designed to flush toxins out of the liver.
Eating a liver-friendly diet.
Avoiding certain foods.
Going on a juice fast.
Cleansing the colon and gut through the use of enemas.
What do I drink t help cleanse my liver?
Things to drink to help cleanse the liver, according to the Medical News
Coffee. Coffee is good for the liver, especially because it protects against issues such as fatty liver disease
Ginger and lemon drink
A blend of 1 cup fresh squeeze grapefruit,1 stalk celery, 5 leaves of Parsley, 2 inch of Aloe Vera.
Will IV Drip Therapy help with cleansing my liver?
Here at VitaMineral Drip and Spa center we offer a Quench and Detox drip consisting of Vitamin C, a blend of Minerals and B-Complexes. This drip will rehydrate and detox your system while restoring essential vitamins and reducing inflammation. Let us help you show some love to the VIP.
Loving your Liver is loving good health.
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