What You Didn’t Know About the Liver – Function and Diseases
Published on 2012-02-27 11:25:51
The Liver at a Glance
- The liver is a very interesting organ in the body! It is put through much use and abuse due our crazy lifestyles. It has many functions in everyday life and sometimes we don’t appreciate the organ for what it’s worth. In Traditional Chinese Medicine we attribute the liver to certain functions in the body associated with the circulation qi (or chi), which is an acupuncturist’s way of looking at different forms of energy and systems in the body.
Here are a few facts about the liver from a western physiological standpoint:
The liver is the largest gland in the body, weighing about 3-4lbs.
The liver secretes a pint of bile a day. What is bile you ask? Well it’s a mix of cholesterol, salts, and old worn-out broken down bloods cells. It is responsible for dismantling fats into fatty acids and giving your feces it’s brown pigmentation.
The liver cells can detoxify substances in the body due to the Kupffer cells, which are located in the ….Liver! Substances include poisons, medications, and other toxins traveling through the blood.
Glucose in the body is converted to glycogen for storage and stored in the liver.
Some vitamins and minerals such as iron, copper, [...]