liver weighs about 3 lbs. and is about the size of a
liver has many functions. It is both an organ
and a gland. You can see liver's location in the
body in this photo.
The liver has 500
functions, mainly digestion and detoxification.
The liver carries out the manufacture
(synthesis) of essential proteins including albumin (to
help maintain the volume of blood) and blood clotting
factors. The liver synthesizes, stores, and
processes (metabolizes) fats including fatty acids
(used for energy) and cholesterol.
The liver metabolizes and stores
carbohydrates which are used as a source of glucose that the red blood cells and the brain
The liver is the
major organ for detoxification.
The liver is the
body's filtration system. It filters out microbes,
drugs and dead cells from the body as an immune
function. Every hormone, chemical, bacteria,
virus, fungus and parasite is filtered through the
liver. The liver is like
an oil filter in your car.
The liver eliminates, by metabolizing and/or secreting, the potentially harmful biochemical products produced by the body,
biochemical waste products such as bilirubin from the breakdown of old red blood cells, and ammonia from the breakdown of proteins
It detoxifies, by metabolizing and/or secreting, drugs, alcohol, and environmental toxins
from the body.
A Special Organ
The liver has many special features. For example, in order to carry out its
functions. It has ducts (tubes) that closely connect it to the gallbladder and intestines. Thus, bile made by the liver travels through these tubes to the gallbladder. The bile is stored in the gallbladder between meals, and then is discharged into the intestines at mealtime to aid in digestion.
The liver is appropriately situated in the body to directly receive the blood that comes from the intestines. With this arrangement, the liver can readily process (metabolize) nutrients absorbed from food as well as other contents of
Because of its numerous biochemical functions, the liver is considered the biochemical factory of the body.
The liver has three lobes which are grouped into three
zones which are related to the liver's blood supply
and drainage. The blood enters one zone and then
travels through the second and third before it leaves.
Each zone has its own special function to
The liver has a dual blood
supply. One comes from the portal vein and the
other from the hepatic artery. The hepatic
artery brings the liver oxygenated blood that comes from
the lungs, heart and branches of the aortic
artery. This artery supplies blood to nourish
the bile ducts and the liver cells. The blood is
removed from the liver by the hepatic veins and then heads back to the heart and lungs.
Gall bladder and Bile
The liver makes bile. Bile acids, which include bile salts, aid in fat absorption and modulate cholesterol levels. They are produced from cholesterol in the liver and are stored in the gall bladder. The liver then secretes bile to aid in the intestinal absorption of fats and the
absorption of fat-soluble vitamins.
Bile breaks down
the fats in your diet. It
also is necessary for the absorption of the fat soluble vitamins. A, D, E, K. Without
the proper bile salts a person won't get the benefits
of these vitamins whether from supplements or from
body cannot absorb Vitamin A, you have trouble seeing
at night. You will have sinus problems and dry skin. You may
have yellow skin tag on inside of eye.
Lack of absorption of Vitamin
D results in calcium not being absorbed. You can have
seasonal depression. If it
cannot absorb Vitamin
E, the libido is down. Not
K will result in bruising.
bile will result in bloating, burping, belching,
headaches on the right side. (98% of headaches come
from lack of bile). A person will feel very bloated at night.
crave the stuff you can't absorb. This means that the body is not absorbing
the food. If you are not absorbing, the body
will want the stuff it isn't absorbing. A person will crave sweets after
to low blood
sugar. You are not digesting fats so you crave them.
Another symptom is being grouchy in the
When the liver is
damaged over the years, toxins that are normally
filtered out can re-circulate through the body
re-exposing delicate glands to harmful compounds and
can trigger a toxic overload. Synthetic
estrogens, medications, aspirin, birth control pills
will cause damage. Alcohol will damage and eventually destroy the
Damage to the
liver causes a potbelly appearance. Fluid coming
from the destruction of the liver will leak into
the sac around belly.
the most obvious sign of liver problems, the
pot belly – hard, higher, most of it is
is why the symptom of a liver not functioning properly
is that the stomach will become hard and solid.
Fluid is leaking.
are many things that are hard on the liver, heavy
cooked proteins and deep fried foods. The worse the liver,
the more you can’t tolerate heavy proteins.
A symptom of the liver being taxed
is right shoulder pain - there is a nerve that goes
from the liver to the right shoulder. Livers
swell and you can't sleep on the left side as the
liver is too heavy.
Red spots on the skin, itchy skin, psoriasis,
liver spots, hot feet, white tongue, bad breath,
digestive bloating, itchy bottom of feet are all
symptoms of liver problems.
A good thing is that the liver
can regenerate – three years of eating a certain way
will regenerate the liver.
Weight and the Liver
liver also makes a fat burning hormone, but all the 6
fat burning hormones work through the liver. As
fat on the body is burned, it has to travel through
the liver to be metabolized.
liver helps stabilize a person's blood sugars when a
person is not eating, thus keeping the fuel source in
the blood constant. If it is not working
liver will have problems digesting fats.
protein diets are not recommended for someone with a
less than stellar liver. The liver needs to be
healthy. This is especially true for someone who
is older who will have more problems digesting
protein. A high protein diet is missing nutrients – not enough
nutrients - and it is hard on liver. Fat will be released
and plug it up. Fatty liver, block liver from
detoxifying, and it will create bad breath. It is not healthiest way.
It is not a long term
liver needs vegetables – the fiber buffers insulin.
You want to get your metabolism healthy. Vegetables
vitamins and minerals to burn more fat. It has the highest nutrition and improves liver
as a toxin messes with the liver and slows down weight loss.
and the Liver
thyroid's functions can be blocked due to a liver problem.
thyroxin that the thyroid produces. The 4 stands
for 4 iodine molecules. In order for the
body to be able to use the thyroxin, bile salts need
to convert T4 to T3 (eliminates one of the iodine
Thus if there is a lack of bile salts, the body will not be able to
use the thyroid hormone.
is bad, the thyroid doesn’t work. Anything
with Liver will stop the thyroid.
converting the T4 to T3, bile salts are needed to
absorb the fat soluble vitamins.
feel bloated at night, the body is not absorbing the
food. It will want the stuff you can’t
absorb – will need sweet after you eat for low blood
sugar. Not digesting fats so crave. You will be
grouchy in the
What are some of the symptoms a person would have if they needed this product?
Bloating, indigestion, burping, belching and right shoulder tension and pain.
The Gallbladder Formula contains natural ingredients.
This product has a blend of gallbladder targeted nutrients to thin bile, reduce digestive stress, break down stones and improve the digestion of fats. Most digestive drugs work by reducing acid and this natural product enhances the bile, a commonly omitted factor.
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