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The Liver’s Role in Health

The body is a beautiful machine that functions better when well maintained.  A key component to this balance is the sacred triumvirate of the adrenal glands, the liver, and the gut.  A delicate relationship exists between these three, and whether or not that relationship is balanced will influence which hormones your adrenals release, what detoxing your liver does, and what functions your intestines do.

A little known fact is that the intestines produce up to 95 percent of the serotonin in your body, which indicates that even your moods are under the influence of the ‘sacred three’.  With such important aspects of your life being influenced by these functions, it is really important to begin to understand what is happening in your body.  Let’s take a closer look at the liver.

The liver does the majority of the body’s detoxification and its first task is to alter the chemical makeup of a toxin.  After this, it has to bind and excrete the toxin. When the liver is forced to deal with other tasks, such as breaking down stored sugar into glucose for a burst of energy in response to a stressful event, it doesn’t have time to stay focused on keeping your body clean.  Toxins are then stored in body fat instead of being processed.  This can cause problems if you are trying to drop a few pounds because your body has to first get rid of the toxins stored in fat before weight loss can occur.

The good news is that you can help accelerate the detoxification process by including cruciferous vegetable in your diet and taking antioxidants such as vitamin C.  And let’s not forget about the importance of prevention.  By eliminating the consumption of things grown with pesticides, and limiting other toxic exposures, the liver will have less work to do and will be able to run much more efficiently.

 

Read the full article here: The Liver, the Toxins and You