Ronit Mor, ND
The Liver – Your Very Own Chemical Factory & Refinery
Weighing in at just over 1.5 kilograms, the liver is a complex chemical factory that works 24 hours a day. It processes virtually everything you eat, drink, breathe in or rub on your skin and that's just some of its over 500 different functions vital to life. It holds about 13% of the body's blood supply at any given moment and filters over 1 liter of blood each minute! It is involved in the production of over 13,000 different chemicals and maintenance of over 2,000 internal enzyme systems.
It regulates the supply of body fuel (producing, storing, and supplying glucose and producing, storing, and exporting fat), manufactures many essential body proteins, regulates the balance of many hormones, regulates body cholesterol, regulates the supply of essential vitamins and minerals such as iron and copper, produces bile which eliminates toxic substances from the body, aids digestion, just to name a few of its functions.
By far, the liver’s main job is inactivating and removing toxins (alcohol, drugs, chemical, and other poisonous substances) from the blood and transforming them into substances that can be safely excreted by the intestines or kidneys either by urine or bowel movements. It also provides a defense mechanism which filters and destroys foreign invaders such as bacteria, fungi, viruses and even cancerous cells.
Keep Your Liver Happy - 7 Practical Tips for Supporting Your Liver
You can’t live without it, so, you better take good care of your liver! Remember, everything you eat, drink, breathe in or rub on your skin gets processed by your liver. So, rather than toxifying it, try to detoxify it on a daily basis. Here are seven habits that will keep your liver happy:
10 Foods to Keep Your Liver Happier
According to a recent meta analysis, published in Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine journal, “selecting the best food for the mouth is essential for good health, especially the health of the liver”. In their study, the authors propose that hepatoprotectives (liver friendly plants containing substances with antioxidant activities) have preventive and therapeutic effects on various liver diseases including alcoholic liver disease, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, viral hepatitis, and liver cancer. They suggest that fumigated, grilled, pesticide-contaminated, or rotten plant foods should be avoided and that a well-balanced diet is critically important for liver health.
Following are 10 foods that have been cherished by complementary and alternative medicine as therapeutic to the liver: