Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Liver – The Complex Chemical Factory


The liver is a complex chemical factory that works 24 hours a day, weighing just over one kilogram. It administers everything you eat, drink, breathe in or rub on your skin and it’s some of the in it’s over 500 different functions vital to life.
Day in and day out, your liver aids in providing the body with energy, fighting off infections and toxins, helping clot the blood, regulating hormones and much, much more.

For you to understand the critical role of the liver, listed below are few of the many crucial functions of the liver:
Cleanses blood:
·   Metabolizing alcohol and other drugs and chemicals,
·   Neutralizing and destroying poisonous substances.
Regulates the supply of body fuel:
·   Producing, storing and supplying quick energy (glucose) to keep the mind alert and the body active,
·   Producing, storing and exporting fat.
Manufactures many essential body proteins involved in:
·   Transporting substances in the blood,
·   Clotting of blood,
·   Providing resistance to infection.
Regulates the balance of many hormones:
·   Sex hormones,
·   Thyroid hormones,
·   Cortisone and other adrenal hormones.
Regulates body cholesterol
·   Produces cholesterol and converts it to other essential substances.
Produces bile:
·    Eliminates toxic substances from the body and aids digestion.
Regulates the supply of essential vitamins and minerals such as iron and copper.

So don’t neglect your liver!

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