Nature was very generous when it came to his fingers, kidneys, eyes ..., but we are unfortunately not endowed with a spare liver. Liver disease can be found at the tenth place when talking about the causes of death, and therefore deserves much more attention than it currently pays. The liver is the "quiet authority", not rebels, and was largely ignored until something goes seriously wrong.
The physiological function of the liver
The liver is the largest gland in the human body and also the only internal organ that can regenerate. The liver has many important functions, and most important is the secretion of bile. Bile is stored in the gall bladder and secreted during digestion. This liquid is essential for the degradation of fats and helps in the absorption of fat-soluble substances, including fat-soluble vitamins - A, D, E and K. It is known for the role of bile in assimilation of calcium, and the conversion of beta carotene into vitamin A.
The absorption of nutrients takes place as part of a large participation of the liver. All substances that enter the body come into the liver, where it is divided into toxins and other molecules. The powerful detoxifying the liver converts the drugs and toxins in the molecule that can be eliminated from the body through the kidneys (urine) or intestines (feces). The liver is responsible for the synthesis of most proteins that circulate in the blood and an organ which plays a key role in regulating blood sugar levels. Body needs glucose recorded in the liver and glucose provides an organism digestion of food or decomposition of glycogen - the storage of sugar in the liver and muscles.
Risk factors that should be noted
- Smoking. The negative effects of cigarette smoke on lung unfair to say much more than the effects of smoking on the liver. Cigarette smoke is rich in toxic compounds - benzapirenom, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, cyanide, tar, acetaldehyde, acrolein, etc. All these compounds are due in the blood of smokers, and the task of the liver is the detoxification of each compound. 'll admit that the task is not easy.
- Poisons. Traces of pesticides in food accumulate in the liver and can cause chronic liver damage. It is very important to thoroughly monitor the food treated with pesticides, to avoid undesirable toxic compounds. Insecticides and additives also should be avoided.
- Oral contraceptives. Liver of a woman who has a lack of vitamin B group and / or protein becomes more difficult in non-toxic form of estrogen - estriol, and stays in shape for the liver toxic estradiol. Elevated levels of estradiol associated with emotional disorders, such as unstable mood, and obsessive - compulsive behavior.
- Drugs. Medication burdens the liver, since they represent the unnatural substances in the body. These substances are forcing the liver to the “overtime”, and are recommended for selective access to medicines.
Foods that loves our liver
The liver is in constant interplay with organs such as kidneys, gall bladder, thyroid, pancreas, and the lower part of the digestive system. It is therefore important to ensure a diet that will act favorably on all the internal organs, and the systematic human health. For liver health is unusually important proper kidney function, and it is appropriate to the diet to include fruits and vegetables rich in potassium, like bananas, almonds, tomatoes, raisins, plums, and provide daily required amount of water (1-2 liters daily). The traditional approach of "cleaning" the liver is regularly drinking vegetable juices such as carrot, beetroot, radicchio and dandelion.
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