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Your Liver is Essential for Life
 
 
The liver is the largest organ in your body and has three vital functions that are required for life and about 500 other tasks that keep you healthy. The most notable is the body's primary filtration system. Everything you breathe in, everything you eat or drink, even what you put on your skin, filters through your liver. Your entire blood supply moves through your liver, where harmful substances or naturally occurring wastes are removed or
neutralized and then pumped back through your body. Your liver does not just filter the bad stuff, it also cleans blood that is enriched with vitamins minerals and nutrients that were consumed as part of digestion. It functions to separate the nutrients from your blood, sends them back to your body and deposits the wastes into your intestines and kidneys.

The liver is a synthesizer (responsible for automatic and involuntary pathways). It makes bile, which is an essential element that helps the small intestine break down and absorb fats, cholesterol, electrolytes and some vitamins. Bile production plays a role in the absorption of Vitamin K. Metabolizing Bilirubin, which plays a role in releasing iron from hemoglobin (required for new blood cells). Your liver also helps to break down proteins for easier digestion (through bile production). It synthesizes your immune system and destroys possible disease-causing agents. Your liver regulates the balance of hormones (sex hormones, thyroid hormones, cortisone, adrenal hormones, etc.) and is also responsible for releasing metabolic enzymes.

The liver is a storage facility for carbohydrates, where they are broken down into glucose (glycogen), stored and then released into the bloodstream. The liver also stores "fat-soluble" vitamins such as A, D, E, K and B12. We have just scratched the surface of your liver’s amazing attributes and its ability to sustain life.
 
 
The Liver Can Regenerate?
 
 
Perhaps we take our liver organ for granted because we assume it can naturally regenerate? It is true that after injury or surgery, when live tissue is removed, the tissue grows back. Existing cells enlarge and from there, new liver cells will start to multiply. The same theory applies when you have caused mild damage to your liver, such as a viral infection, drugs (prescribed or otherwise) or alcohol. However, if your liver is damaged by means of a continuous flow of toxins or any number of liver diseases (fatty liver, cirrhosis, autoimmune, hepatitis), the damage sometimes goes beyond the point of repair. The moral of the story? "Love your liver!” It is vital for life functions,
so support its detoxification to optimize its performance. Many liver supportive herbs can be found in combination products such as Renew Life Liver Detox Kit or Himalaya Livercare, or you can try the single herb approach. Dandelion Leaves & Root protects liver tissue and helps reduce excess fat in the liver (fatty liver). Dandelion also has diuretic actions but does not leach out potassium as part of the removal of fluid. Red Clover is an herb that aids in cleansing blood and by helping to remove waste from the bloodstream before reaching the liver, it helps to reduce the wear on liver functions. Burdock Root is a natural detox remedy that helps protect liver cells from damage, especially from medications such as acetaminophen-induced damage or alcohol consumption. It also helps to remove impurities from the blood. Milk Thistle is a popular herb for liver cleansing and it protects from damage associated with fatty liver disease and hepatitis. If you have any medical conditions, talk to your healthcare provider before you try any herbal products for your liver. Also, as with all herbal products, their therapeutic benefits could interreact with prescribed medications and allergies. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, please review all cautions and warnings.
 
 
Resources
 
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