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Liver Functions and Support

What the Liver Does, Recommended Supplements & Expert Advice

Dr. Bob DeMaria, "The Drugless Doctor," talks about the liver's many functions and what you can do to support a healthy liver.

Your liver is a large, meaty organ that sits on the right side of the belly. It weighs about 3 pounds and is reddish-brown in color. The liver has two large sections called the right and left lobes. The liver works with the pancreas and intestines to digest, absorb and process food. The liver's main job is to filter the blood coming from the digestive tract before passing it to the rest of the body. The liver also detoxifies chemicals and metabolizes drugs. As it does so the liver secretes bile that ends up back in the intestines. The liver also makes proteins that are important for blood clotting and other functions. That is a lot of work for a 3-pound organ!

Because both the liver and the skin are the organs most involved in toxin removal, many herbalists connect clear, luminous and even-toned skin with healthy liver function, so anyone concerned about their outward appearance should pay strict attention to liver health, too.

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Ways Your Liver Can Impact Your Life

  • Converts everything you eat, breathe and absorb through the skin into life-sustaining substances.

  • Stores and stockpiles glucose and other nutrients that have been absorbed through the intestinal wall, releasing them to your cells when necessary through the hepatic vein.

  • Filters out toxins from your blood at the amazing rate of a quart per minute. It sorts out the good from the bad, keeping anything useful and tossing out the junk. As the world becomes more and more toxic, a liver working at optimal capacity plays a bigger role in health and well-being than ever before.

  • Makes bile to digest fat and prevent constipation. Your life improves in lots of ways with a healthy liver!

  • Secretes hormones and enzymes for hundreds of physiological functions, and maintains hormone balance.

  • Sometimes when you're having digestive issues it can be because of your liver not functioning at 100%.

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