No Liver, No life. The foregoing statement affirms the significant roles the liver plays in the existence of man. Located in the upper right position of the abdominal cavity and to the right of the stomach. The liver consists of four lobes. It receives about 1.5 quarts of blood every minute via the hepatic artery and portal vein.
It is the center for multiple critical functions that keep the body pure of toxins and harmful substances.
An average adult liver weighs about three pounds and it secrets chemicals because it produces bile, a substance needed to digest fats. Bile’s salts break up fat into smaller pieces so it can be absorbed more easily in the small intestine.
Some of the key functions of the liver that has continued to ensure healthy existence of human include; Conversation of stored sugar to functional sugar, detoxification of the blood to rid harmful substances such as alcohol and drugs.
However, ignorance and an unhealthy lifestyle could damage the liver, hence sending the victim to an early grave. For instance, besides damaging the teeth, studies have shown that too much sugar can be as damaging to the liver as alcohol. Obesity is another problem. Extra fat built up in a liver can lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). As a result, the liver may get swell and over time, can harden leading to cirrhosis, a liver disease.
Man-made fat in some packaged foods and baked goods must be avoided.
A diet high in trans fats can make one more likely to gain weight.
Some herbal supplements like local concoctions, soft drinks, and too much consumption of Vitamin A supplement, have also been listed among drinks that could damage the liver.