The liver is responsible for over 200 functions in the body.
It is the largest internal organ, weighing in at about 1.5 kg. Most people are unaware of how vital it is to good health.
Think about it. Your liver plays a crucial role in all the functions of your body that are crucial to every single organ and as a result is a key player in keeping you alive and functioning optimally.
Common Sources of Toxins
- Non-organic food (think: mercury, lead, PCBs and over 130 pesticides)
- Air pollution (a long list)
- Tap water (think: fluoride, chlorine, PCBs, mercury, lead, parasites)
- Skin care products (think: phthalates, BPA, triclosan, parabens)
- House hold cleaning products (think: triclosan, phthalates, parabens)
- Medications; both recreational and prescription, including commonly-used ones like corticosteroids, tetracycline and aspirin
- Plastics (think: BPA, PFOA)
- Cookware like non-stick pans (think: PFOA)
We have several detoxification organs: skin, lungs, kidneys, digestive tract and, of course, the liver. They are all capable of freeing us from these toxins. The challenge is when the load is higher than what they can handle. This is when toxicity takes a toll on us.
We commonly hear about cirrhosis (permanent scarring) of the liver and the increase in liver disease in the Western world. We can identify liver damage with the right blood work and by testing for markers like aspartate aminotransferase (AST or SGOT) and alanine aminotransferase (ALT or SGPT). The challenge is that by the time the time these tests are recommended, much of the liver damage has already been done.
Prevention is Better than Cure!