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Why we must take care of our liver?

Liver is the only internal organ in the body that will regenerate itself if part of it is damaged. The most important function of the liver is the secretion of bile which is stored in the gallbladder and released as needed for digestion. The liver plays an important role as well in fat metabolism. Excess food is converted to fat in the liver, and the fat is then transported to the fatty tissues of the body for
storage.

In addition to its important functions in digestion and energy productions, the liver acts as a detoxifier. Protein digestion and bacterial fermentation of food in the intestines produce ammonia as a by-product; this ammonia is detoxified by the liver. The liver combines toxic substances (including metabolic waste products, insecticides residues, drugs, alcohol, and other harmful chemicals) with substances
that are less toxic. These substances are then excreted via the kidneys and bowels. Thus, in order for the liver to function properly, you must also have proper kidney
and bowel function.

There are four basic reasons for poor liver functions:
1. The presence of cumulative poisons. insecticides, preservatives, and other toxins can build up in and impair the liver. Even though a particular toxin may not accumulate in the liver, liver function may suffer if the functioning of other organs, especially the pancreas and/or kidneys, is adversely affected by the
toxins.

2. An improper diet. A diet that is low in protein and high in carbohydrates and fats, especially saturated fats, fried foods, hydrogenated fats, is hard on the liver.

3. Overeating - is probably the most common cause of liver malfunction. Overeating creates excess for the liver, resulting in liver fatigue. In addition. the liver must
detoxify all of the various chemicals present in our food supply today. When the liver is overworked, it may not detoxify harmful substances properly.

4. Drugs- put a great strain on the liver. Drugs are foreign and unnatural to the body. These foreign substances can cause the liver to work overtime in excreting these toxins.The liver neutralizes the effects of drugs in the body.

5. Alcohol- is particularly toxic to the liver. When excessive amounts of alcohol enter the liver, the liver begins to lose its functioning capacity. Other substances that can contribute to liver malfunction include caffeine and oral contraceptives.

Avoid constipating foods. The liver has to work twice as hard if you are constipated. Read all labels carefully, and avoid most fats. Do not eat any of the following: butter, margarine, vegetable shortening, and any hardened fats; fried or fatty foods; melted or hard cheeses; nuts or oils that have been subjected to heat
(either in processing, or in cooking) potato chips, and all refined and processed foods. These overwork and damage the liver. Do not smoke and secondhand smoke. Excessive use of tylenol or motrim can damage the liver. Do not take over the counter drugs except for those prescribed by your Doctor. Some over the counter drugs including some medicines for the children, contain alcohol in the form of propylene glycol. This product may cause liver problems and a mild form of drunkeness.

Increase your foods high in potassium such as bananas, blackstrap molasses, brewer's yeast. prunes, raisins, rice and wheat bran. Include legumes (kidney beans, peas and soybeans) and seeds in your diet. These foods contain the amino acids arginine
that helps to detoxify ammonia, a byproduct of protein digestion. If alcoholic cirrhosis is detected in the early stages and the person stops consuming alcohol, it may be possible to halt the damage to the liver.

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