The liver is the largest solid organ in our body. It’s about 8 inches (20 cm) wide, 6.5 inches (17 cm) long and 4.5 inches (12 cm) thick and weighs approximately 3.5 pounds (1.6 kilograms).
You’ll find your liver mostly under your ribs in the upper right part of your abdomen, just below your diaphragm.
The liver has two large lobes; a large right lobe and a smaller left lobe.
The liver has various functions:
- It makes and secretes bile to help your body absorb fats and fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K)
- It metabolizes and stores carbohydrates, fats, sugars, vitamins (and other nutrients obtained from the foods we eat) for energy and brain function.
- It breaks down harmful chemicals (bilirubin and ammonia) produced by the body and keeps the body regulated and healthy.
- It manufactures proteins to help maintain blood purity and proper flow.
- It breaks down hormones, detoxifies water and removes drugs, alcohol and environmental toxins
- And it filters waste products from your blood.
Trouble is; the liver also stores all the toxins that our body cannot break down.
You see the liver is broken into three zones, each with a specific function. The blood enters the first zone, travels to the second and third zone then leaves the liver - with each zone being susceptible to its own illnesses.
Amazingly, the liver can regenerating itself, however today with the consistent abuse from our fast paced lifestyle our liver is paying a hefty price.
“Dangerous Eating Habits”
Studies show that a fast food diet of burgers, fries and soft drinks can damage the liver.
It is normal for your liver to contain some fat, but if the weight of your liver is more than 10% fat, then you have fatty liver and you may develop more serious complications.
When we eat too much fatty food it increases an enzyme called alanine aminotransferase (ALT) – an enzyme which indicates liver damage and increases the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, as well as hepatitis C.
Fat cells are building up in the liver and endangering our health. Due to our modern lifestyles, doctors are seeing a wide range of preventable illnesses.
The deficiencies in our diet as well as the excessive and habitual consumption of alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, food additives, pharmaceutical and OTC (over-the-counter) drugs are killing our liver cells.
Plus, environmental pollutants such as garden chemicals, cosmetic ingredients, home repair materials and household cleaning products are overtaxing our liver.
A damaged liver has difficulty removing toxins. And, if toxins remain in our system they can build up in our blood and our brain.
A struggling liver can cause a variety of health problems, including:
- Dark urine
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Diarrhea, and light colored stools
- Enlarged blood vessels, easy bruising
- Anxiety and depression
- Mental confusion
- Exhaustion and fatigue
- Jaundice, or yellowing of the skin
- Impaired libido (sex drive)
- Food allergies and chemical sensitivities