Liver 101

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with hepatitis C, you are probably much more aware of the importance of your liver. Hepatitis is a term used to describe inflammation of the liver and if liver damage is not treated it can lead to liver cancer or liver failure.  But do you know exactly why your liver is so important? In Liver 101 we tell you how your liver works and why it is so important for you to take good care of your liver.

The Anatomy of the Liver

Your liver is your largest internal organ. Weighing in at about three pounds, the liver sits on the right side of your abdomen, under your rib cage.

Made up of two sections, the left and right lobes, your liver works with your gallbladder, parts of the pancreas and the intestines to digest, absorb and process food, excreting poisons and chemicals from the system.  Blood is supplied to the liver for filtering by the portal vein, a vein running from the digestive tract to the liver.

What does the Liver do?

The primary job of the liver is to filter blood as it goes through the digestive tract, before it travels to around the body. If the toxins and chemicals are not filtered properly by the liver, the blood will carry these potentially harmful substances to other parts of the body. The liver also produces bile, which helps in the digestion of fat and the absorptions of vitamins A, D, E and K.

Other liver functions include:

  • Storing vitamin, sugar and iron to power the body
  • Controlling production and removal of cholesterol
  • Making clotting factors to prevent excess bleeding
  • Producing immune factors and removing bacteria from the bloodstream

How does the Liver Work?

Processing food and drink:

The liver is made up of small units called lobules, which are connected to each other by many canals that carry blood and bile run between the lobules. Blood from the digestive tract carries nutrients, medication and toxic substances through the portal vein to the liver. Once in the liver, these nutrients and chemicals are appropriately processed, altered, detoxified and stored before being passed back into the blood for distribution to the rest of the body or passed to the bowel to be eliminated. This is how the liver separates the good stuff; energy, vitamins and essential minerals from the bad stuff including excess fat, chemicals, by-products of medication and alcohol.

Handling Fat:

The liver is essential in the body’s metabolic processes. It breaks down fat to produce energy as well as producing up to a litre of bile a day. Bile is a yellow, brown or green liquid that is collect and passed on to the bile duct, which in turn passes the bile to the duodenum, in the small intestine. In the small intestine the bile helps in the further breaking down of fats, preventing fat from collecting in and clogging other channels.

The Body’s Store Room:

The liver helps to make sure that blood glucose levels are kept constant. If your blood sugar goes up after a meal, for example, the liver will remove more sugar from the blood when it is passed to the liver from the portal vein. Once removed, this excess sugar is stored as glycogen. If your blood sugar levels drop, for example, if you haven’t eaten for a while, your liver turns the glycogen back into glucose and releases it into the blood stream.  The liver does the same for vitamins and minerals; storing them and releasing them when the body needs them most.

Natural Hepatitis C Treatment

If you have hepatitis, it is essential that you do your best to take care of your liver in order to maintain your health. At Alternative Hepatitis C Treatment Mexico we offer an effective hepatitis C cure. Functional Medicine offers a natural hepatitis C treatment program that helps to restore the body to optimal health through a unique 5 step treatment program.

If you would like to know how Alternative Hepatitis C Treatment Mexico can cure your hepatitis C, or that of a loved one, contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation.