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3 surprising facts you may not know about your liver!

The human liver is a fascinating organ. I’m sure you know your liver metabolizes alcohol. You are also probably aware of serious liver diseases such as hepatitis and cirrhosis. You may know that your liver helps you digest oily foods.

Certainly if you’ve experienced a dull ache on the right side of your abdomen, behind your lower ribs after a rich meal, then you have felt your liver.
There are plenty of interesting and fun facts about your liver you probably aren’t aware of. Learning about the functions of the liver may motivate you to take better care of this critically important organ. It is really not possible to achieve good health if your liver is suffering. One of the most common consequences of a poorly functioning liver is fatigue. This makes sense because the liver is the largest internal organ and the most metabolically active one. Your liver performs more than 500 functions each day. Don’t you think it deserves more credit?

If you want a long and healthy life you really must love your liver. Here are some fascinating facts about this organ.

Your liver helps control your blood sugar

Do you notice an energy slump at 3pm in the afternoon? Do you ever feel shaky if you haven’t eaten for several hours? If you commonly experience hypoglycaemia or uncontrollable cravings for sugar, it’s time to look after your liver. A healthy liver converts excess glucose from your diet into glycogen, and stores it for future use in between meals. People with a fatty liver or an inflamed liver are not able to store glycogen as well. This means they are prone to experiencing a sudden crash in blood sugar, which can make you feel very unwell and make sticking to a healthy diet virtually impossible.

The solution is to improve the health of your liver, but in the meantime there are ways to help these symptoms. Try to eat some protein and healthy fats at each meal, as these foods help to promote a more stable blood sugar, rather than wild swings in either direction. Good sources of protein include seafood, eggs, poultry, nuts, and red meat. Pastured (grass fed) animal protein is preferable. Chromium, Nopel Cactus, Fenugreek, Bitter Melon and Gymnema Sylvestre all help stabilize hypoglycemia. They are found in Cinnamon 6 to support healthy blood sugar levels.

Your liver helps your body to fight infections

When it comes to fighting viral or bacterial infections, you probably think of your white blood cells and lymph glands. Your liver plays a vital role here. Your liver contains specialized immune cells called Kupffer cells. They are a type of immune cell called macrophages. Macrophages swallow up any foreign particles that shouldn’t be in your bloodstream; they behave very much like Pac Man. Kupffer cells engulf microorganisms, dead cells, immune complexes and chemicals. Enzymes inside the Kupffer cells kill the microorganisms and break them down so your liver can dispose of them.

If you are trying to fight off an infection, it is very important to try and improve your liver health. Your liver can easily become overwhelmed with infectious organisms and toxic particles. Vibrant Cleanse is a cleansing fast that is designed to remove metabolic waste and accumulated toxins from your liver and the cells of your body.  Eliminating cellular waste helps to preserve youth and elasticity withing your body os it can function optimally. 

Your liver affects your thyroid hormones

Everybody associates the thyroid gland with metabolism and weight. This is correct; your thyroid does determine the speed at which your metabolism operates. Deficiencies in thyroid hormones are a very common cause of weight gain. Your thyroid gland manufactures thyroid hormones, but your liver is where they are activated. Having a low level of thyroid hormonse affects your whole body.  It can make you feel tired, weak or depressed.  It can give you dry skin, brittle nails, sensitivity to cold and sometimes constipation.

Kelp is a good source if Iodine which is the key to a healthy thyroid and efficient metabolism.  Iodine deficiencies are very common and can be supplemented with Super Kelp.  Tyrosine + P5P also provides great support to the thyroid.  The Thyroid gland combines both tyrosine and iodine to make thyroid hormones, so the two in combination are very helpful to optimal function.

Your liver is a truly marvellous organ, responsible for keeping you well in so many ways. Unfortunately, modern living and subsequent exposure to chemicals, toxins, unhealthy food, alcohol and medication mean the average person’s liver is struggling. Please do your best to look after yours.