Friday, October 8, 2010

Your Liver, Your Lifesaver

Your Liver—A Fully Operational Battle Station

With millions of toxins attacking your body every day, it takes a very special kind of warrior to neutralize the invasion. Of all the organs in your body, there is only one that is incessantly willing to rise to the occasion and serve as the main battle station where toxins are dismantled and eliminated. Working tirelessly, this fearless hero never backs down from a challenge, battling day and night to eradicate any enemy toxins looking to damage your internal fortress. A soldier unlike any other, your liver—the most resilient organ in the human body—plays the ultimate role in the battle of detoxification.

The battle of detoxification occurs in two key phases:
  1. The transformation of toxic enemy forces invading the liver into secondary substances.
  2. The neutralization or elimination of these substances through the lungs, intestines, skin, or urine.
It’s fascinating to think of just how integral your liver is to the overall health and functioning of your body. Destroying toxic chemicals is just one of the nearly five hundred other duties the liver performs, including:
  • Metabolizing carbohydrates, fats, and proteins
  • Storing substances such as glycogen and fat-soluble vitamins
  • Manufacturing 13,000 different chemicals
  • Maintaining 2,000 enzyme systems
  • Filtering 100 gallons of blood daily
  • Producing 1 quart of bile daily

It’s no surprise that without a liver, we wouldn’t survive. These are all responsibilities that only the most capable of warriors are willing to take on. At least your liver is up to the challenge.

Keep in mind that the liver may be the most resilient organ in the body, but it was built this way because of how critical it is to maintain our lives. While this gladiator may seem untouchable, it’s a good idea to recognize that the liver is vulnerable to attack. Perhaps these signs might help you identify whether or not your liver is firing on all cylinders:
  • Poor skin tone
  • Yellow-coated tongue
  • Dark circles under they eyes
  • Itchy skin
  • Headaches
  • Excessive sweating

If you’re suffering from any of these symptoms, it’s possible your liver is a little worn out. However, the resiliency of the liver is absolutely mind-blowing, and its ability to bounce back and continue functioning is truly amazing. A wounded liver is still an effective one, as it has six detoxification pathways of its own. Because of this, your liver is able to carry on fighting. Life goes on and the battle continues… 


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