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Where is the liver?

Your Miraculous Liver

What does it do?   

The liver is a miraculous organ in your body that performs hundreds of functions 24/7. 

It's your silent partner, that keeps you going without you even knowing it. 

It's relatively low maintenance, but that doesn't mean you should ignore it.  

The liver is located on the right side of the body, tucked up under the ribs for protection. 

It's the size of a football, weighing in at around 3 pounds. 

Did you know? 

Your liver is the largest and most

complex internal organ in your body. 

The liver is responsible for routinely executing hundreds of life sustaining body functions daily. 

It acts as the body's personal chemical power plant, processing everything that you eat, breathe, and absorb through your skin.

The liver: 

  • Produces bile, a substance that allows the body to digest fats, vitamins and nutrients. 

  • Creates clotting factors, which help stop cuts from bleeding forever. Without these, a simple paper cut could mean an ER visit! 

  • Creates immune factors, which protect you from infections, and help you get well when you do get sick.

  • Regulates hormone function in the body.

  • Filters the blood, clearing away and excreting toxins like drugs, alcohol, and poisonous substances.

  • Gives you energy, by producing carbohydrates and converting glucose into glycogen that is stored in muscles. 

  • Acts as a storage center for nutrients, vitamins, and carbohydrates. 

These are just some of the key functions of your liver. In reality the liver performs 100+ activities daily. 

Just Think: 

Without a healthy, and functioning liver, even the simplest daily activities would be nearly impossible. 

Fact:

Obesity, fatty liver, early onset diabetes, athersclerosis leading to heart attacks and strokes, high cholesterol, and drug & alcohol abuse are all liver related and preventable.

 

 

You can think of your liver as your silent partner. 

However, your liver can only protect you, if you protect it

Contrary to popular belief, the liver is not invincible. It is susceptible to hepatitis viruses, and liver cell scarring or death. 

The liver is a non complainer, so it often won't show signs or symptoms of distress until the damage is far advanced.

Find out how to protect your liver, your health, and your life.

How can I help my liver?