The liver and its many functions
The liver is the largest organ in the human body. Approximately the size of a football, it is located in the upper right part of the abdomen.
We can’t live without a functioning liver. It’s the body’s filter and warehouse. Almost all cells and tissues in the body depend on the liver. When something goes wrong with the liver, it can have a serious effect on almost every other organ in the body.
A little over 11?2 quarts of blood pump through the liver every minute, allowing the liver to quickly and effectively remove toxins and waste products from the bloodstream. At the same time, the liver stores important nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and iron. The liver also plays a role in managing levels of certain substances in the body, such as cholesterol, hormones, and sugars, which are all necessary for survival and are potentially harmful when out of balance. The liver also has a key role in digesting food through the production of bile and controls blood-clotting factors, which prevent excessive bleeding.
Liver is a very tough organ and it has two-and – half times the capacity than what we normally need. It is damaged only when excessively overloaded or affected through alcoholic indulgence, etc. The liver’s best known function is secretion of bile which is indispensable for the emulsification and digestion of fats. It also produces enzymes, which control a large number of chemical processes that go on in the body. It is the major detoxifying organ.
Consumption of alcohol over a long period does great harm and may lead to Cirrhosis of the liver. Too much food also harms the liver cells. Excessive eating, drinking and drugs have probably caused far more casualties among human beings than all the bullets and bayonets of our civilization. Eating less never causes harm, but only does well. Two common causes of death in many diseases are liver and kidney failure. The body is increasingly unable to excrete waste materials and toxins adequately. Naturopathy uses intensive detoxification to eliminate wastes and toxins and to help regenerate the liver. For treatment please see chart.