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Toxins that enter the body from the intestinal tract are transported to the liver, the largest and most active organ. So amazing, in fact, that it's the only organ that can self- regenerate, which is why you can donate a part of your liver to another person and it will grow into a full-size functioning liver in each person. Fortunately, your liver is also the most resilient organ in the body, capable of continuing to work aer injury and inflammation. Although there are five primary organs of elimination in the body, both herbalists and practitioners of modern medicine agree that the liver is the primary organ of detoxification. It's the main hub where toxins are transformed, dismantled, neutralized, or reassembled to hopefully be eliminated through one of the four channels of absolute elimination: the lungs, the intestines, the skin, and the urine. If you have any weakness or debility in your liver, it will impact every other organ or system. e liver is so central to your body's overall functioning capacity that a basic tenet of naturopathic medicine is that many diseases can be treated through addressing the liver. In other words, if you can optimize your liver's function, you may help alleviate or cure other health problems either directly or indirectly. The The Life Force of the Liver: While the liver actually resides in the upper part of your abdomen on the right side, it's positioned here in the center to represent how fundamental it is in a variety of body functions. e liver, which is the largest internal organ, performs many tasks – metabolizes carbohydrates, fats, and proteins; stores substances such as glycogen and fat-soluble vitamins; filters blood; and destroys toxic chemicals. As a result, it affects virtually every other organ and system in the body. Love Your Liver e liver is more than a washing machine for blood; it carries on many important metabolic activities – performing some five hundred other bodily functions, in fact (the most of any organ). It plays a key role in carbohydrate metabolism by responding to pancreatic hormones such as insulin and glucagon, thus helping maintain healthy levels of blood sugar; it affects the metabolism of fats, creating cholesterol and converting portions of carbohydrates and protein into fat molecules, which then get transported to fat cells for storage; it manufactures bile; and it plays a pivotal role in managing proteins. e liver can break proteins down into their amino acid parts, create vital blood proteins that aid in the clotting process, remove damaged red blood cells and foreign substances (like the remains of microorganisms), and convert certain amino acids to other amino acids that the body needs for operation. Furthermore, the liver acts Page 8| Abby's Magazine -

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