Most of us know that the liver is the great detoxifier of the body. Maybe not as many know that it is also a major manufacturer of enzymes, hormones and proteins, and a magical organ overall.
For example, it can lose three-fourths of its cells and still function, continuing with its more than 500 vital functions.
Yes, it is the only organ in the body that can regenerate itself! But how does it help us digest?
A Healthy Liver – the Bedrock of Great Digestion
- The liver manufactures bile and bile breaks down fats. Without bile, you would throw up every time you ate a donut. Your body just wouldn’t be able to handle all the fat.
- The bile also regulates the consistency of the stool. Without bile, you might not poop for a week.
- The bile also neutralizes acid from the stomach. Without bile, the stomach acids would linger in the stomach longer than they should, causing heartburn or indigestion.
- The bile takes toxic cholesterol from the liver into the intestines in an attempt to dump it out into the toilet. If you don’t eat enough vegetables, up to 94% of the toxic cholesterol can be reabsorbed right back to the liver, the blood, the fat and the brain.
- The bile will scrub the villi of the intestinal wall of yucky fat-soluble chemicals, toxins, and undesirable microbes and take them to the toilet. This allows the good bugs to work their magic in the intestines.
- The liver regulates blood sugar levels along with the pancreas. If the liver is congested, it may secrete excess sugar into the blood, thus raising blood sugar levels.
Diet, toxicity, and stress all make or break optimal liver function. Poor liver function means poor digestion – no doubt about that!
Foods to increase bile production:
- Leafy greens