Protect Your Liver, Protect Your Life
The liver's many life-saving functions
Your liver is your primary detoxification organ. It produces a wide range of essential enzymes, like the
awesomely powerful Cytochrome p450 enzyme family, which can oxidize almost any organic substance and deliver it
safely out of the body. The liver can even regenerate itself when it’s damaged. But, as powerful as your liver is,
it has limits. If you overload your system’s ability to detox, or you damage it faster than it can heal, you can
cause permanent damage that can be life-threatening. Here’s how to protect your liver, and your life.
|If you suffer from diabetes, protect your liver health by regularly checking your
blood sugar levels
How The Liver Protects
Your liver’s hepatic cells convert carbohydrates in the food you eat into simple sugars, called glucose. Any
excess glucose that’s not needed is removed from the blood during a process called glycogenesis. This is when the
liver stores unused sugar as glycogen for later use.
When your body needs sugar again, the liver initiates glycogenolysis, which is the process of mobilizing sugar from liver
reserves. If you do not eat for long periods of time, the liver (along with help from the kidneys) will make up
any sugar shortfall by using amino acids, lactic acid, and glycerol to create glucose.
This process is called gluconeogenesis. The liver can also convert sugars like sucrose, fructose, and galactose
into glucose if you don’t get enough in your diet.
And, while your body’s liver is fully capable of controlling your blood-sugar level, you can also check it
periodically to make sure you’re within a normal range, not eating too much or too little. This is done with
OneTouch Glucometers, the kind you can find through LifeScan Canada Ltd.
A quick prick is all it takes. Yes, usually diabetics use these meters, but anyone can use them -
most health-conscious people do.
Avoid Large Doses of
Large doses of iron place excessive stress on the body. If you’re popping iron pills, reconsider. You should be
able to easily meet your iron needs through a healthy diet that is rich in organ meats and green, leafy, vegetables
along with vitamin C (which helps your body absorb iron better).
Excessive iron intake can lead to iron overload, an oxidative state where your body is damaged from the excess
iron. Iron that is consumed in excess of what is needed is retained in the liver, and may also be stored in other
organs or areas of the body. The only treatment for this condition is phlebotomy.
People with a hereditary condition that causes them to store excess iron have what’s known as hemochromatosis
and must get regular blood draws to keep iron levels from rising.
|Eggs are a good source of dietary choline, which acts protectively for the
What To Do If You Suspect Liver
If you suspect that you may have liver damage, fatty liver, or some other problem with your liver, contact your
doctor immediately. Serious liver damage can be life-threatening. If your doctor discovers you have fatty liver
disease, you may be asked to change your diet.
You will need to increase the amount of choline you consume, either through supplementation or through diet -
the richest sources of dietary choline are eggs and beef liver. Coconut oil, betaine (TMG), and b-vitamins may also be protective.
If you have other types of liver damage, or a viral hepatitis infection, you will need to coordinate with your
doctor about drug interventions, diet, and lifestyle changes to help your liver heal.
About the author
Robert Drury is a health care worker of many years. When
he gets some free time, he likes to sit down and share what he has learned by posting online. Look for his
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