is the body’s largest gland. It is the only internal organ
that will regenerate itself if part of it is damaged. Up to 25 percent
of the liver can be removed and within a short period of time, it
will grow back to its original shape and size.
The liver is
the body’s most important organ, functioning as a living filter
to clean the system of toxins, metabolize proteins, control hormonal
balance, and produce immune-boosting factors.
Bile is the
fluid produced by the liver. Your body produces about a quart of
bile per day. Bile is essential for digestion of fats. It aids in
the absorption of fat soluble vitamins, helps convert beta-carotene
into vitamin A, helps with calcium assimilation and promotes peristalsis
which is the action of the colon that helps prevent constipation.
Bile does not
function properly when the liver is congested, if the bile ducts
are clogged, or if there is a lack of the nutrients necessary to
make bile. Without enough bile, the liver begins to store fat rather
than break it down. A sign of this is a roll of fat around the waistline.
One of the
liver’s most important jobs is to detoxify our bodies. Ordinary
digestion of even the best food creates byproducts that the liver
must process and help eliminate. Add to that the substances we consume
by choice that make the liver work even harder. These include alcohol,
caffeine, sugar, synthetic vitamins and prescription drugs. Then
add to that the thousands of chemicals that we are exposed to in
our everyday environment. These include pesticides, automobile exhaust,
second-hand smoke, chemical food additives, and indoor pollutants
from paints, carpet, and cleaners. It is no wonder that many of
us have livers that are overworked.