The liver is the largest organ in the body and one of the most important for overall health. It is situated under the lower right rib cage. The liver is capable of complete self-renewal at a faster rate than the rest of the body. Given this ability to restore itself via good foods, rest, and herbs, the root meaning of its name, “live” or “life,” is very apt. The liver makes and releases into the body an amazing amount of useful substances and sustains us in a myriad of vital ways.
It also stores vitamins, minerals, and sugars. Defi ciencies in any of these are due to a congested, poorly working, and under par liver, and can contribute to a huge number of conditions, including low blood sugar levels, diabetes, menstrual problems, and other hormonal problems. The raw material for all these chemical processes comes from food. Nutrition is the key to keeping the liver healthy; it absorbs food via the intestine and then releases it into the body at the necessary rate.
The liver is the body’s main detoxifi cation unit: using two specifi c processes, it detoxifi es a range of internal and external toxins (of which there are more and more in our modern, polluted world). The end result of these detoxifi cation processes is the excretion of toxins, via the bile if large and via the urine if small. Enzymes are vital to allow the phases of detoxifi cation to be successful, and good nutrition plus herbs can greatly help.
Additionally, the gallbladder and bile production need to be at optimum health in order for proper toxin elimination to take place. The gallbladder is a small organ attached to the underside of the liver. It is here that bile is condensed and stored until it is required, once it has been received from the liver.
The job of the gallbladder is to eject bile into the duodenum when food passes from the stomach into the intestine.