Liver Health

Posted on Jul 14, 2022

The liver performs many functions essential for good health and long life. Among its most important jobs are:
Producing important substances. Your liver continually produces bile, albumin, and important metabolic enzymes and chemicals. Bile is a chemical that helps turn fats into energy that your body uses. Bile is necessary for the digestive process. Your liver also creates albumin. This is a blood protein that helps carry hormones, drugs and fatty acids throughout your body. Your liver also creates most of the substances that help your blood clot after injury.
Processing bilirubin. The liver helps your body get rid of bilirubin, a substance found in bile. This happens from the breakdown of your red blood cells. Too much bilirubin in your body can cause jaundice, which causes the yellowing of the skin and eyes. 
Removing waste products. When you take in a potentially toxic substance, like alcohol or medicine, your liver helps filter and remove it from your body, acting as a natural detoxification system
Controlling immune responses. When bacteria, viruses or any foreign substances enter your body, specialised cells in your liver can find and destroy these organisms.
Maintaining glucose. The liver helps your body maintain a healthy level of blood sugar. 
When we think of the liver, the first thing that comes to mind is good digestion. The liver also plays a vital role in purifying the blood, regulating diabetes, and maintaining our metabolism. Often liver diseases and disorders don’t show their symptoms until the problem has already developed further.

Here are some simple steps that will help you keep your liver healthy:

  1. Avoid Alcohol Abuse: Reduce and regulate your alcohol intake. Abstaining from alcohol and any form of drugs is best for the overall health of your liver
  2. Eat The Rainbow: A well balanced diet with fruits, green leafy vegetables, protein and healthy whole grains will keep you nutritionally strong and fight off any foreign substances or bacteria. Stay hydrated with a regular intake of at least 1-2 litres of water everyday.  
  3. Physical Exercise: Ensure you are actively getting physically active, as this helps you maintaining a healthy metabolism with good immunity