We all multitask. It makes us feel good and feel like we’re getting a lot accomplished. Truth be told, our brain is not good at multitasking. One organ that is proficient at multitasking is our liver, performing over 200 essential body functions and our overall health.
This large organ weighs about three pounds and is located on the right side under the rib cage. Blood from the intestines, spleen, and pancreas goes to the liver. Substances absorbed in the small intestine are processed in the liver before continuing to the heart and is important in digestion and metabolism functions.
The liver also:
- Produces cholesterol and removes excess cholesterol
- Produces and stores sugar
- Emulsifies fat by producing bile
- Converts vitamins and minerals so they can be absorbed
- Stores fat soluble vitamins
- Produces immune factors and removes bacteria, helping the body resist infections
- Balances hormones
- Removes waste from broken down red blood cells
- Makes proteins from amino acids
- Detoxifies and eliminates harmful substances including metals, pesticides, drugs, and tobacco
We can help lighten the workload of the liver by limiting alcohol consumption, eliminate tobacco, exercise, maintain a healthy weight, and eat a low fat diet. Green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach Swiss chard, and Romaine lettuce, and carrots, beets, grapefruit, garlic, and walnuts are all foods that help maintain a healthy liver. Also drink plenty of water to help the liver flush out harmful toxins. Helping the liver work optimally will benefit all our other body functions.