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You may wish to explore liver cleansing - a natural complement to colon cleansing. Cleansing and detoxifying your liver is one of the most powerful procedures you can do to enhance your body's performance. It can significantly improve digestion, regularity, transit time, and energy levels, which is the basis of your health.

The liver is a fantastic and complex organ that performs the true miracle of converting food into living energy. The human system is a scientific marvel often compared to a machine, e.g. the steadfast pump of the heart, the remarkable bio-computer brain, the electrical system of the nerves. So subtle and versatile is the liver that it defies a machine-like analogy, but rather might be compared to an entire city, for the variety of its activities. It is one of the body's most vital organs. Many researchers claim it is our second brain and the lab of the human body. The more you understand this organ, the better your life will be.

The largest of the internal organs, the liver, "weighs in" at 2.5 to 5 pounds. It is suspended behind the ribs on the upper right side of the abdomen and spans almost the entire width of the body over to the heart. It has two separate lobes that operate independently of each other (in case one side stops functioning). One unique feature of the liver is that it is capable of regenerating itself after a portion is removed. After a loss of up to 75% due to injury or surgery the remaining liver can grow back and be restored to normal size within several months

The liver receives blood directly from the stomach, pancreas and intestines via the portal vein. The liver, with its dazzling intricate labyrinth of special cells, veins and ducts, receives nutrient rich blood, and filters out the nutrients, taking them into its own cells to be processed. The liver also receives freshly oxygenated blood via a different artery, from which it takes its oxygen supply. It filters out wastes and other poisons and converts them into substances that can be safely carried out of the body.

The liver filters more than a quart of blood each minute. It is responsible for processing, converting, distributing and maintaining the body's fuel (energy) supply. It converts the complex energy foods we eat (carbohydrates fats, and proteins) into simple glucose (blood sugar) and stores this fuel as glycogen. It breaks down and converts fats for distribution and storage. The liver is responsible for dismantling proteins into amino acids, assembling proteins, and making new amino acids for use throughout the body. It breaks down old blood cells and recycles the iron.

The liver also makes bile, a yellowish-green alkaline liquid which is stored in the gall bladder, and secreted into the small intestines to help break down fats. Bile contains the pigments that give color to urine and feces. When the bile ducts are obstructed it is the bile pigments that can cause the body to turn jaundice or yellow. Adding to the list of liver functions is the production of many different hormones and proteins, which affect the way the body grows and heals. Many vitamins and other nutrients like iron are stored in the liver and released when needed. Poisons such as alcohol and drugs are detoxified in the liver.

As we can see, this organ is vital for many reasons. No one has ever devised an artificial liver because it is so complex. Second to only the brain in complexity, the liver is the home of many of the mysteries of life. As powerful as this organ is, it can become overwhelmed and may fall prey to disease. The following paragraphs will briefly describe some of the common diseases of the liver.

Hepatitis literally means an inflammation of the liver. It can be caused by alcohol, viruses, drugs and blood exchange. One type of viral hepatitis, hepatitis A (also called infectious hepatitis) is transmitted usually through food and is more common where sanitation and hygiene are poor. The other type, hepatitis B, is a virus spread via exchange of blood (it is also known as serum hepatitis). Today's blood supplies are thoroughly checked for the hepatitis B virus. There is now a more recent type of hepatitis (hepatitis C). This type seems to involve blood exchange or I.V. drug use. This type of hepatitis seems to be the most troublesome of all. For many there are no symptoms for 15 to 20 years. This type C hepatitis can turn into cirrhosis or even liver cancer. Many people in the United States are receiving liver transplants for this type of hepatitis. Others have found natural ways to get his type of hepatitis under control or even cured.

Alcohol can damage the liver even in moderate quantities. Alcohol is a concentrated sugar which causes fat to be deposited in the liver. For those who drink only occasionally, the damage is temporary and the liver can usually 'bounce back' to normal after several days of rest and clean living. Those who drink more often don't give the liver a chance to recuperate from the alcohol poisoning and more serious damage to the liver can result. In some cases alcohol abuse can lead to alcoholic hepatitis or cirrhosis. As mentioned before, the liver is one organ that has the amazing ability to regenerate itself. Cirrhosis is a condition in which a liver damaged by disease, alcohol or drugs doesn't grow back 'good as new.' In cirrhosis, the liver forms fibrous scar tissue and lumpy irregular nodules as it regenerates. In advanced cases the liver becomes so badly scarred by cirrhosis that it can no longer do its work, and the afflicted person dies of liver failure.

The liver has some type of connection to every function in the human body, as it is responsbile for filtering blood. As we know it today the liver has well over 500 known functions and is believed to have well over 2500 functions. These functions are growing at a rate of no less than 25 new functions each year.

Liver disease risk factors are things that can no longer be avoided. Every year researchers find another airborne chemical that weakens our liver functions. If it's not the air then it's the water. The only air we can improve on is the air we breathe at home and at work. There are inexpensive ways to correct both of these areas to take the load off of our liver.

The liver is the most responsive and considerate organ in the body. It clearly sends out signals to us when things are not going well or when it simply does not like something. These warning signs should not be ignored with the hope that they just go away. The liver is not a fragile organ and will not complain unless it is totally necessary. Know the warning signs and when you see them find out what you can do about them. Most drug side effects can be avoided just by doing a few simple things each day.

Deciphering Liver Function Tests

Different cells have different enzymes inside them, depending on the function of the cell. When cells die or are damaged, the enzymes leak out causing the blood level of these enzymes to rise. The most important thing to remember about liver function tests or "LFT's" is that they do not in fact measure liver function. They have meaning, but they generally cannot be interpreted without clinical information. Also, the numbers do not always detect liver disease. Some patients with severe advanced liver disease will have nearly normal enzyme levels. An added complication in interpretation is that the numbers are not linear, i.e., an AST (see below) of 300 is not twice as bad as 150 (normal is 40) and a reading of 94 and 80 are essentially the same to a liver specialist.

Above we listed the most common tests that a doctor may request to view your liver's health. Unfortunately, blood testing has no real way of telling us the health of our liver or our biological age. But we have discovered that by the time you have reached the age of 30 your liver is probably functioning at 75% of its ability at best.

The health and vitality of all body systems depend to a large extent on the health and vitality of the liver. Because we are constantly bombarded by toxins in our air, water and food, it is a good idea once or twice a year to renew the health of a clogged and overworked liver with a detoxification regimen. Also if you have been using prescription drugs (antibiotics and or tranquilizers) for any length of time, your immune system may be exhausted, and it's essential to rejuvenate and flush your liver to release stored toxins.

As you learn more about your body, always remember how vital your liver is to maintaining good health. It's not something we think about all the time, but the common problems of an abused or toxic liver will speak to you with many symptoms. You know your body better than anyone else. Listen to it.

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Hepata*Trope - 90 CP By Scientific Bio-Logics

Encourages fat metabolism and supports healthy cholesterol profiles.

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Liver Protec - 90 CP By Montiff

Supports liver detoxification and protects against free radical damage.

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Liverlife - 2 OZ By BioRay

Herbal formula containing liver specific herbs, which help to cleanse the liver of toxic accumulations.

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Liverlife - 4 OZ By BioRay

Herbal formula containing liver specific herbs, which help to cleanse the liver of toxic accumulations.

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Livrclear - 1 OZ By Pacific Health Sciences

LivrClear encourages healthy digestion and stimulates bile production.

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One Step - Chocolate - 38.3 OZ By Progressive Laboratories

Contains essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that nourish and cleanse the body.

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One Step - Original - 32.6 OZ By Progressive Laboratories

Contains essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that nourish and cleanse the body.

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One Step - Strawberry - 38.1 OZ By Progressive Laboratories

Contains essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that nourish and cleanse the body.

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One Step - Vanilla - 38.1 OZ By Progressive Laboratories

Contains essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that nourish and cleanse the body.

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