Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Main Causes of Liver Damage

Liver is like a filter, it helps digest food by filtering out bad chemicals and substance from the food we eat. It is a vital part of our digestive system, and one of the most important organs in our body. However, the liver is also prone to damage. There are many causes of liver damage, from chemical to disease.
  1. Sleeping too late and waking up too late 
  2. Not urinating in the morning
  3. Too much eating
  4. Skipping breakfast
  5. Consuming too much medication
  6. Consuming too much preservatives, additives, food coloring, and artificial sweetener
  7. Consuming unhealthy cooking oil and fried foods
  8. Consuming raw/overdone foods
The liver has a multitude of important and complex functions. Some of these functions are to:
  • Manufacture (synthesize) proteins, including albumin (to help maintain the volume of blood) and blood clotting factors
  • Synthesize, store, and process (metabolize) fats, including fatty acids (used for energy) and cholesterol
  • Metabolize and store carbohydrates, which are used as the source for the sugar (glucose) in blood that red blood cells and the brain use
  • Form and secrete bile that contains bile acids to aid in the intestinal absorption (taking in) of fats and the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K
  • Eliminate, by metabolizing and/or secreting, the potentially harmful biochemical products produced by the body, such as bilirubin from the breakdown of old red blood cells and ammonia from the breakdown of proteins
  • Detoxify, by metabolizing and/or secreting, drugs, alcohol, and environmental toxins

by Dr. Ben Wedro

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