The words ‘Liver & Detox’ spring to mind as quickly and easily as ‘Posh & Becks’. Most people are well aware of the liver’s important role in getting rid of toxins from the body; less familiar though are the 500 or so other essential jobs your liver does every single day.
It’s worth getting to know your liver a bit better. If you’re a bit more in tune with what your liver actually does, it’s easier to spot when it’s not working at its best. Herea quick masterclass, to show that there’s much more to the liver than detox. This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the capabilities of this mighty organ.
What your liver actually does:
- Detoxification – The liver processes any toxins that end up in the body, that includes those from external sources such as alcohol, smoking, drugs or pesticides on food and also those created inside the body, such as toxins produced by harmful bacteria or by-products of hormone processing such as oestrogen.
- Bile production – The liver produces a mind-blowing 800 – 1000ml bile every single day and this has a hugely important job. Bile helps the body to digest and absorb fats, cholesterol and some vitamins too.
- Protein metabolism – When you eat protein foods such as meat, your digestive system breaks these down into smaller substances called amino acids. These amino acids are then used for many different functions in the body, not least to make structural tissues such as hair, skin, nails, muscle and even neurotransmitters such as serotonin. The liver is also involved in what happens to proteins inside the body. Amino acids can be changed so they can be used to make energy, carbohydrates or even fats and it’s the liver that’s responsible for doing this. The liver also makes non-essential amino acids and converts ammonia (a toxic by-product of protein metabolism) to a much less toxic substance called urea which is released into the blood, transported to the kidneys and passed out of the body via urine.
- Fat metabolism – Liver helps to make energy from fats. Ketones are waste products produced when the liver breaks down fats to make energy and can be toxic in large quantities.
- Carbohydrate metabolism – The liver helps the body to maintain a constant level of sugar in your blood for easy-to-access energy. When blood sugar gets too high the liver removes some from the blood and stores it as glycogen. If blood sugar gets too low, the liver breaks down glycogen to release sugar into the blood. Once liver glycogen stores are full, excess glucose is converted into fatty acids by the liver for long-term storage as fat.
- Vitamin storage – The liver stores large amounts of vitamins A, D, E, K and B12.
- Immune function – The liver contains high numbers of active immune cells that destroy any pathogens that might enter the liver via the gut.
- Blood pressure regulation – The liver also makes a hormone called angiotensinogen, which also helps to regulate blood pressure.
Look after your liver! A sluggish liver can lead to all sorts of issues-
Come to my workshop – New Year’s Cleanse on Tuesday 31 January at
Peras and Pears, Portals Nous. 14:00-16:00
Equip yourself with healthy recipes (lots to taste) and guidelines to support your liver into 2017.
Contact me 647397501 for more information.