By Dr. Paresh J Thakkar, Ayurveda
We have all heard that the liver is a vital organ and performs many tasks. And we are content to know that it is up and running. But its important to know exactly what the liver does so that you are more appreciative of this wonderful organ and take better care of it.So lets jump right into the functions of the liver.
- It fuels your body
When you consume foods like grains, starchy vegetables, dairy carbohydrates enter your body. carbohydrates are the chief source of energy. But they will be of no use to your body in the form that they are in. The liver is able to break down these carbohydrates and converts them into glucose- a kind of sugar and they are stored in the liver in the form of glycogen. This glucose powers each of our cells and helps them with their regular activities. If your energy levels drop or if your blood sugar level is low, then your liver releases a flood of glucose into your blood.
At the same time, it can also help keep your level of sugar stable. If it senses that your sugar level has spiked post a meal, then it will mop up the excess sugar and convert it into glycogen.
- Purifies your blood
Your body’s natural detoxification system comprises 2 organs one of which is the liver. When your blood flows through the liver, it separates the toxic matter from your blood. And with the help of bile, it expels them from the body through the stool.
- Absorption of fats
Your liver is tasked with the really difficult task of breaking down and assimilating fats. To this effect, your liver produces bile- a viscous yellow fluid that breaks down fats and helps your blood absorb fats. This is how energy is produced and your metabolism keeps running smoothly.
- Assimilation of proteins
Proteins too in their original form can do no good to your body. The liver converts amino acids into fats so that they can be used for creating energy. Ammonia is produced during this procedure which is immensely toxic but the liver thankfully converts that into urea- a substance that is far less poisonous and which the kidneys get rid of.
- Cholesterol production
You might think that cholesterol is bad. But only LDL can do damage to your body. and we all need small amounts of cholesterol that our liver produces to maintain the structures of our cells and in the generation of vital hormones. And without it, we would not be able to produce vitamin D which we need for healthy bones.
What does Ayurveda have to say about the liver?
According to Ayurveda, since the liver is the seat of your pitta, any imbalance in pitta will trigger liver problems. So it is of paramount importance keep pitta stable to avoid any illness of this organ. But if you have already contracted a liver ailment such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Autoimmune Hepatitis or Cirrhosis of the liver, then too Ayurveda can help, please take suggestion from an Ayurvedic liver specialist.
Your liver is irreplaceable. It performs many functions and it just needs a bit of love from you. Take care of your liver to live a happy healthy life.
Though there are ways in Ayurveda to treat Liver Diseases and keep liver healthy, it is always advisable to consult an ayurvedic liver specialist before opting for any medicine or remedy.