The liver cleanses blood and eliminates any toxins or impurities contained in it.
The liver is located in the right upper portion of the abdominal cavity, just beneath your lower ribcage on the right side. It is about the size of a football. The liver has many functions that are vital to life. It makes liquid called bile, which helps you break down fat from food. And it also stores sugar called glucose, which gives you a quick energy boost when you need it.
Briefly, some of the important functions of the human liver are:
- detoxification of blood
- production of important clotting factors, albumin, and many other important proteins
- metabolizing (processing) medications and nutrients
- processing of waste products of hemoglobin and other cells
- storing of vitamins, fat, cholesterol, and bile
- production of glucose (gluconeogenesis or glucose synthesis/release during starvation)
Probably, it is not something you think much about, but your liver is a key player in your body’s digestive system as well. Everything you eat or drink, including all kinds of medicines and chemo therapy you take, passes through it. It is extremely important to treat it right, so that it can stay healthy and do its ‘duty.’
“It’s an organ you could easily trash if you don’t take good care of it,” says Rohit Satoskar, MD, of the MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute. “And once you trash it, it’s gone.”
“There’s nothing tricky about keeping your liver in good shape. It is all about a healthy lifestyle,” says Ray Chung, MD, medical director of the liver transplant program at Massachusetts General Hospital. “Taking care of your liver is far more about avoiding what’s bad for it than it is about eating or drinking things that are particularly nourishing to the liver,” he says.
Watch for liver disease symptoms
The liver has multiple functions. It makes many of the chemicals required by the body to function normally, it breaks down and detoxifies substances in the body, and it also acts as a storage unit. When the liver is damaged from disease, medications, alcohol abuse, or other reasons, a person may have symptoms of liver disease such as:
- nausea and vomiting,
- jaundice (yellowing of the skin),
- shortness of breath,
- excessive bruising or bleeding, and
- leg swelling.
Care for your liver as suggested below
1 . Don’t drink a lot of alcohol: It can damage liver cells and lead to the swelling or scarring that becomes cirrhosis, which can be deadly. How much alcohol is too much? The US government guidelines say men should drink no more than 2 drinks a day and women only one.
2 . Eat a healthy diet and get regular exercise outdoors: Your liver will thank you. You will keep your weight under control, which helps prevent nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a condition that leads to cirrhosis (scarring).
3 . Watch out for certain medicines: Cholesterol drugs and the painkiller acetaminophen (Tylenol) can hurt your liver if you take too much of them. You may be taking more acetaminophen than you realize. It is found in hundreds of drugs such as cold medicines and prescription pain killers.
It seems that the best way to maintain your liver’s health is to cleanse it properly. Here is one effective way to achieve this goal:
Take 1 tablespoon of olive oil mixed with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice on an empty stomach every morning. Afterwards, you can enjoy your breakfast in full swing!
After a period of about 1 month, you will notice a pleasant positive change. Your overall appearance will improve, the dark circles under your eyes will disappear, your skin complexion will become fresher, and you will look much younger than before.
Moreover, your bowels will work much better, and thus you will forget about constipation or any other problems with digestion. Finally, you will feel ‘full of beans’ and you will be filled with positive energy.