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Michael T. Murray, ND
Why should you take care of your liver? Because it takes care of you. Learn how the liver works and how to protect this immeasurably important organ.
Why should you take care of your liver? Because it takes care of you. The hard-working liver is the second-largest organ of the body (the skin is the largest) and performs more than 500 vital bodily functions.
The liver neutralizes poisonous compounds from normal biochemical reactions as well as toxins we ingest, absorb, or inhale. It filters blood to remove toxins and excess hormones, then makes them water soluble so they can be collected in the bile and excreted in the urine.
Without the liver’s detoxifying actions, toxic fats can lodge in the cells and contribute to a multitude of health problems. An overloaded liver robs us of energy and may open the door for hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) and other illnesses. In addition, the liver:
Protect Your Liver
Most health basics are also good for your liver. Avoid smoking, alcohol, caffeine, harmful chemicals, saturated fats, and refined sugar. Drink 48 oz (approximately 1.5 L) of water daily and eat liver-supportive foods (see sidebar).
I also recommend a liver health supplement that contains:
For energy, detoxification, cholesterol balance, and prevention of illness and disease, support your hard-working liver.
garlic, legumes, onions, and eggs
oat bran, apples, and legumes
broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage
Herbs and Spices
turmeric, cinnamon, and licorice
artichokes, beets, carrots, and dandelion greens
wheat grass juice, barley grass juice, chlorella, and spirulina
Hepatitis is a disease indicated by inflammation in liver tissues. Hepatitis viruses (A, B and C) are responsible for most cases of liver damage, but hepatitis can also be due to toxins, infections, or autoimmune processes.