Friday, July 20, 2012

Be Kind To Your Liver

The liver is the biggest glandular organ of the body that weighs about three pounds. Liver has four lobes of unequal size and shape and is reddish brown in colour.

Liver showing its four lobes.

The liver has many functions.
  • Produce substances that break down fats
  • Produce urea, the main substance of the urine
  • Filter harmful substances from the blood like alcohol
  • Storage of Vitamins A,D, K and B12 and minerals
  • Maintain a proper level of glucose in the blood
  • Convert glucose to glycogen
  • Responsible in producing 80% of cholesterol in the body
  • Make a distinct amino acids which is the building blocks of proteins

Big Liver Tumor
Disease of the liver
Several diseases/conditions can affect the liver.
  • Wilson’s Disease
  • Hepatitis, inflammation of the liver.
  • Liver Cancer
  • Cirrhosis, a chronic inflammation of the liver that can lead to ultimate organ failure.

Here are few tips that can be very useful in taking care of your liver.
  • Start your day by drinking one cup of warm water with a slice of lemon.
  • Drink green tea for it has catechins that guard the liver.
  • Eat plenty of green leafy vegetables and other green foods like spinach and seaweed.
  • Eat oily fish. It has essential fatty acids that are also good for the liver. 
  • Take Lecithin supplements. They help remove fat from the liver and it also lowers cholesterol.
  • Consider eating raw foods and vegetable juices like carrots and beetroot.
  • Alcohol changes the metabolism of the liver, which can have overall harmful effects if alcohol is taken over long periods of time so drink moderately.

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  1. Liver cancer was what killed my BIL, it started from his liver then into his stomach. The surgery and chemo did not save his life anymore.

  2. Thanks for this info sis. I am struggling so hard to lose weight and have a slight fatty liver which the doc said is still ok but I have to lose "major" weight to improve my over all health. After reading your post, I am enlightened and resolved to really do this weight loss thing for my health and family's sake. I don't even drink. It's just that most of the time, I am sedentary. I need to exert effort now and really fix my eating habits. Detox will commence very, very soon...


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