Wednesday, 24 August 2016



The liver is the largest solid organ in the body and it is situated in the upper part of the abdomen, on the right hand side. The liver is large, dark red in color and it is just below the diaphragm.
The liver is absolutely crucial to life. It performs so many functions in the body that if it becomes infected or damaged, our health will be affected. The liver is one organ in the body that is capable of regenerating itself, but because of all the air pollution going around, unhealthy lifestyle, and food habits, the liver is being asked to take on too much.

·         It stores the iron reserves that we need, as well as a lot of vitamins and minerals. This provides us with the strength we need to carry on with our daily lives.
·         The liver makes the bile to help digest our food.
·         It detoxifies the poisons we introduce into the body. These include things like alcohol, beer, wine, as well as some drugs.
·         The liver stores energy like a battery by stockpiling sugars like carbohydrates, glucose, and fat until they are needed in the body. Without this important function, the sugar level in our blood could fall dramatically and we could go into coma.
·         The liver makes the blood that keeps our system going.
·         The liver manufactures new proteins which our body needs to stay healthy and grow.
·         The liver removes the poisons we breathe into our system from the air, exhaust pipe of vehicles, chemicals, etc.
·         The liver makes clotting factors that makes us to stop bleeding when we have a cut or an accident. Without this important function of the liver, we would all bleed to death.
·         The liver defends us against germs going into our body. It does this by either knocking out those germs, or at least weakening them. Without this, we would be bugged down by infections all the time.
                                                HOW CAN WE PROTECT OUR LIVER?
       *Don’t drown your liver in beer, alcohol or wine.
       *Be careful with drugs.  Don’t take drugs without a doctor’s prescription. Some drugs could damage the liver.
*Be careful what you breathe. When cleaning with cleaners, it is advised that you make sure that the room is ventilated, or you wear a mask. The same goes for when you are using sprays like bug sprays, mildew sprays, paint sprays, and all other chemical sprays.
* Watch what goes to your skin.
Cover your skin with gloves, long sleeves, a hat and mask every time insecticides are in the air or when you are handling them.
*Go for checks with your doctor from time to time.

*Yellowness of the white part of the eye.
*Swollen stomach.
*Chronic fatigue.
Remember, the liver may not give any symptoms until it is almost damaged. Taking good care of our liver is taking good care of ourselves. See your doctor once you notice any sign of liver damage.

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