Your liver matters.

The last two months we’ve focused on how the food we eat is broken down and makes its way to the small intestine is then absorbed. This month we take a closer look at the liver – our filtering organ.

Not only is the liver is one of the major organs (of many) that is involved with processing energy for the body. It also produces bile (which helps break down fats) from cholesterol (which the liver makes and is important for hormone production).

During most meals, you will consume a combination of carbohydrates, proteins, and fat. Once absorbed by the small intestine these nutrients are transported to the liver through the portal vein where they are stored, repacked, and combined before getting redistributed into the body where they are needed.

The liver is the storage place for fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K) and vitamin B12 & C. It also stores copper and iron and glycogen (a storage form of carbohydrate that helps to maintain a constant blood glucose/sugar level).

Waste products are detoxed by the liver going through a two-stage process by which the toxic/foreign substance (medications, antibiotics, environmental toxins, etc) becomes less harmful and get excreted from the body through stool or blood.

Eating a variety of fresh foods of all colors can help to support the liver in its daily mission of cleaning up and repackaging nutrients. Leafy green vegetables (especially bitter greens like dandelion, radicchio, and arugula,) fresh herbs, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli or cauliflower, garlic and onions are all foods that support the liver.

Next month: the lymphatic system (the immune system and its role in digestion).

[Please read: The Information provided for you in articles written by Nourish-Alō is for informational purposes only and not to be considered as medical advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, prescribe, treat, or cure any medical condition. Statements should not be taken as a substitute for medical advice from a licensed physician. It is recommended to consult with your physician before implementing any dietary or lifestyle changes and conditions of this disclaimer.]

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