The liver is the third largest organ in the body after the intestines and the epidermis, and it’s called the ‘live-er’ for a reason. The liver performs over five hundred vital functions. Chief among these is cleansing the body of harmful toxins, producing vital hormones and compounds without which we would become very ill very quickly, and storing vital nutrients like iron and minerals for use.
Other indispensable functions of the liver include the manufacture of vital proteins and enzymes; filtering bacteria, fungus, viruses, poisons, chemicals, fats, and toxins; as well as processing just about everything that we put into our digestive systems.
You might think of the liver as the Border Customs of our inner workings. The liver is the checkpoint through which everything that enters our system must pass for inspection. The liver even stores a certain amount of poisons that we intake on a regular basis like alcohol.
In fact, the liver is so dedicated to its job that it locks up impermissible substances within fat cells that it stores itself rather than sending them to the gut. The liver is so serious about security that it doesn’t send toxins to the fat cells in the belly like the other organs do.
But the liver can only store and process so many toxins before it becomes overwhelmed. That means we should give it a rest as much as possible. Fortunately, there are certain foods that can help us cleanse the liver.
Natural Cures has more information on these important liver friendly foods.