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Everything we breathe, ingest, or absorb through the skin gets into the blood stream and eventually passes through the liver. Because the liver is the body's primary detoxifier, keeping it healthy is critical to your overall health, including proper metabolism and function of your hormones. Liver Function As unglamorous as it sounds, the liver operates somewhat like a sewage treatment plant. The liver takes everything we put into our bodies—whether it is swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through the skin—and filters it. The liver's filtration process separates the nutrients that the body needs for energy and all of its other functions and prepares to dispose of that which the body does not need, such as metabolic waste, toxins and excess substances. Specific liver functions include: • Converting fats, proteins and carbohydrates to energy and nutrients • Creating bile to break down fats and eliminate fat-soluble toxins and excess substances, including excess hormones • Removing harmful chemicals, bacteria, and excesses • Metabolizing drugs and breaking down alcohol • Storing vitamins and minerals, such as iron • Storing sugars as fuel (glycogen) for future use • Helping to maintain fluid and electrolyte balance • Creating serum proteins that act as hormone carriers • Creating immune substances, such as gamma globulin • Filtering blood, regulating blood clotting, and storing extra blood for quick release • Manufacturing testosterone and the estrogen hormones • Regulating sex hormone levels and eliminating excess hormones Health problems can arise when we put things into our body, both consciously and unconsciously, that are toxic or build up an excess or toxicity over time, such as: • Oily, processed foods • Man-made chemicals including preservatives, pesticides, and lead from paints or gasoline • Alcohol and drugs (therapeutic or otherwise) • Excess hormones The Liver 's Role in HORMONE BALANCE Page 68 | Abby's Magazine -

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