Structure of the Liver
Function of the Liver
Diseases of the Liver
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Structure of the Liver
Liver, largest internal organ of
vertebrates, found in the right upper portion of the abdomen. Unlike any
other organ, the liver has two sources of blood: the hepatic artery carrying
oxygenated blood from the heart, and the portal vein carrying the products
of digestion from the digestive system. The liver is composed of tiny
lobules containing columns of cells surrounded by channels into which the
bile produced by the cells is poured. These channels join to form larger
ducts, uniting in the hepatic duct, which, along with the duct from the
gallbladder, forms the common bile duct.
of the Liver
At any moment, the liver
contains about 10 percent of the body's blood. The liver helps the blood to
process nutrients and removes waste materials, toxins, and harmful
substances. It stores glycogen, iron, copper, vitamin A, many of the
B-complex vitamins, and vitamin D. It produces proteins, including many of
those essential in normal blood clotting. It also produces carbohydrates,
cholesterol, and enzymes. The liver detoxifies many drugs.
of the Liver
Hepatitis is a viral infection
that causes inflammation of the liver. Liver inflammation is also caused by
chemicals, poisons, drugs, bacteria, and certain parasites. In some cases,
hepatitis becomes chronic and may lead to cirrhosis, (a condition of
progressive scarring), which is usually associated with excessive intake of
alcohol. Jaundice is caused by abnormally large quantities of bilirubin (the
breakdown product of hemoglobin) in the blood. Certain diseases, such as
diabetes mellitus, are associated with an excess of fat in the liver. As fat
accumulates, the liver cells are replaced by fat tissue, and the liver
degenerates. Buildup of fat in the liver is seen temporarily in pregnancy
and after maintaining a diet rich in fat. Other diseases afflicting the
liver include abscess, and tumors, including cancer.
Hepatitis, inflammation of the
liver caused by viral infection. Immunity usually follows an attack, but
immunity to one type of virus does not confer immunity to others.
Types of Hepatitis
known as infectious hepatitis, hepatitis A is transmitted primarily by
contaminated food or unsterilized hypodermic needles. Hepatitis B,
previously called serum hepatitis, is epidemic in parts of Asia and Africa.
Hepatitis B is transmitted by injections, usually during blood transfusions,
and also through sexual contact. Testing of blood intended for transfusion
has greatly reduced post-transfusion hepatitis B. Hepatitis C is transmitted
through blood and body fluids, and hepatitis E is transmitted in
contaminated drinking water. Hepatitis D can be transmitted only if
hepatitis B is present. Other hepatitis viruses have been isolated, but
their role in causing disease is unknown.
Symptoms and Treatment
Symptoms include fever, loss of
appetite, muscle pains, and jaundice. Recovery may take six months, and in
about 5 percent of cases the disease becomes chronic. The fatality rate is
about 1 percent but may be higher for hepatitis B. A vaccine exists to
prevent hepatitis B, but cost has limited its use. Interferon has been
effective against chronic hepatitis C. No treatment is available for acute
Care about your Liver
The main causes of liver
Sleeping too late and
waking up too late are main cause.
Not urinating in the
Too much eating.
Consuming too much
Consuming too much
preservatives, additives, food coloring, and artificial sweetener.
cooking oil. As much as possible reduce cooking oil use when frying, which
includes even the best cooking oils like olive oil. Do not consume fried
foods when you are tired, except if the body is very fit.
Consuming raw (overly
done) foods also add to the burden of liver.
antethire (Vitamin B5) 300 mg three times a day.
The liver is so important to
our well-being that many practitioners maintain that most diseases cannot
develop in the body if the liver is functioning in an efficient, healthy
manner. Conversely, an unhealthy liver is very likely at the root of most
serious health problems. When the liver is taxed, it can’t process toxins
and fat in an efficient way. There are many foods that can help cleanse the
liver naturally by stimulating the natural ability to clean toxic waste from
foods to your diet on a regular basis to help the liver rid itself of
The juice of half a lemon in
hot water first thing in the morning is a great way to start the day, and is
an excellent wake up call for the liver. The sourness of lemons triggers
nerve and hormone activation to the liver and digestive system. Very helpful
for those who suffer from sluggish bowels.
Both extremely high in plant-flavonoids
and beta-carotene, eating both beets and carrots can help stimulate and
improve overall liver function.
High in both vitamin C and
antioxidants, grapefruit increase the natural cleansing processes of the
liver. A small glass of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice will help boost
production of liver detoxification enzymes that help flush out carcinogens
and other toxins.
4. Cruciferous Vegetables
Eating vegetables such as
broccoli and cauliflower will increase the amount of glucosinolates in your
system, adding to enzyme production in the liver. These natural enzymes help
flush out carcinogens, and other toxins, out of our body, which
significantly lowers our risk of cancer.
High in pectin, apples hold
the chemical constituents needed for the body to cleanse and release toxins
from the digestive tract. This, in turn, makes it easier for the liver to
handle the toxic load during the cleansing process.
This liver-loving beverage is
chock-full of plant antioxidants known as catechins, a constituent known to
assist the livers overall functions. Green tea is not only delicious, it’s
also a great way to improve your overall diet.
One of our most powerful
allies in cleansing the liver, leafy greens can be eaten raw, cooked or
juiced. Extremely high in plant chlorophylls, greens literally suck up
environmental toxins from the blood stream. With their distinct ability to
neutralize heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides, these cleansing foods
offer a powerful protective mechanism for the liver.
Try incorporating leafy greens such as bitter gourd, arugula, dandelion
greens, spinach, mustard greens and chicory into your diet. This will help
increase the creation and flow of bile, the substance that removes waste
from the organs and blood.
This nutrient-dense super-food
helps the body produce glutathione, which is necessary for the liver to
cleanse harmful toxins. Recent studies indicate improved liver health when
avocados are eaten regularly.
Just a small amount of this
pungent white bulb has the ability to activate liver enzymes that helps your
body flush out toxins. Garlic also holds high amounts of allicin and
selenium, two natural compounds that aid in liver cleansing.
Cold-pressed organic oils such
as olive, hemp and flaxseed are great for the liver, when used in
moderation. They help the body by providing a lipid base that can suck up
harmful toxins in the body. In this way, it takes some of the burden off the
liver in terms of the toxic overload that many of us suffer from.
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We spend one-third
of our life in sleeping.
Healing is always
better when the body is relaxed.
Salmon and Tuna
are rich source of omega-3 fatty acids.
Green tea when
combined with ginger and olive leaf helps lower cholesterol and promotes
Foods that produce
bad breath include; Garlic, Onion, Milk, Cheese, Fish, Coffee, Alcohol.
One clove of
garlic contains vitamins A, B and C, selenium, iodine, potassium, iron,
calcium, zinc and magnesium. This strong anti-oxidant herb also help
decrease blood pressure and cholesterol, removing heavy metals from the
body. Raw Garlic is the best way to take it, to have the benefits.
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