Liver Detoxification: why it’s important to detoxify your liver 1.The liver is a sophisticated organic laboratory and is one of the most important organs in the body. It performs multiple functions2 with some of the most important ones being listed below:
Detoxification: The liver removes or neutralizes toxic chemicals that find their way into our body through a series of sophisticated chemical reactions. These complex chemical activities are aided by enzymes that are able to catalyze or promote the conversion of fat soluble toxins into water soluble molecules that are then excreted by the body through urine or bile. Some of the harmful substances converted by the liver into safe products that the body can easily eliminate include industrial chemicals and solvents, food additives and colorants, pesticides, herbicides, pharmaceutical drugs, alcohol, micro-organisms, pathogenic virus, bacteria, fungi and parasites, as well as the harmful byproducts produced by micro-organisms. Storage of sugar in the form of glycogen Regulation of blood sugar levels Regulation of protein metabolism, including production and storage of proteins Manufacturing bile to aid in the digestion of fats Production of proteins involved in producing red blood cells as well as blood clotting factor
Regulates many hormones used by our bodies. Neutralize free radicals that would otherwise cause damage to our body tissues resulting in ageing and disease Provides a storage facility for iron and copper as well as vitamins like vitamin B12 and especially fat soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K It is involved in digestion – that is breaking food down so that our body can use the nutrients that we ingest Also involved in manufacturing different chemicals needed by the body from the nutrients that we consume in a process that is called assimilation.