Digestion and Liver Function

Digestion and Liver Function
Physical Function of the Liver
The liver is located on the upper right side of the abdomen, held in place by the diaphragm. A typical adult liver weights approximately 3 to 31/2 pounds. It is the largest organ and gland in the human body. The liver is pinkish brown in color, and is separated into four lobes. Lobules make up each lobe, and a vein travels through each lobe, connecting with the hepatic vein. The liver is a complex system, performing more than 500 functions, and produces double that many essential enzymes. Naturally, a diet with as few toxins as possible will aid in a well functioning liver. The liver functions by:

  • Storing blood based on the individuals activity level. Because the blood is stored in the liver, it is vital to keep it moving. Stagnant blood leads to multitudes of health problems, including digestive issues (belching, nausea) menstrual issues and vision problems. Conventional Medicine does not test for, or treat stagnant blood. (See link below for more information.)

  • Producing bile (in the bile canaliculi)some of which is stored in the gallbladder, and 1000 mg. of cholesterol daily.

  • Processes nutrients from digested food by carrying blood from the stomach, pancreas, spleen and large and small intestines

  • Metabolizing proteins, carbohydrates, lipids

  • Removes fat from the bloodstream - regulates metabolizing and burning of fat

  • Producing chemicals for blood coagulation (clotting)

  • Storing many vitamins and minerals (such as b12 and iron)

  • Carrying many immunity cells

  • Filtering toxic medications and alcohol, often causing stressful overload

    Liver Function and Emotional Issues
    We know that emotional upsets can greatly affect our digestive process. The GI tract is made up of just as many brain cells as our brain is! When we have fearful thoughts, liver function is one of the first to respond. You may have noticed that when you are feeling calm and serene, the stomach region feels relaxed. When you are stressed out, reacting to your thoughts with anger (which is a type of fear) that you have more acid reflux, stomach distention and colon distention. Distention (bloating) is associated with stagnant blood and bile in the liver, which is associated with the fear response. When feeling fear, the liver literally shuts down, and inflammation occurs in the organs, causing distention. Think of the deer in the headlights. When your body freezes up, so does your liver. Relaxation techniques, deep belly breathing, specific herbs (dispensed by a certified practitioner) and lots of exercise will help to get the blood flowing again. If you believe in your fear and allow it to control your mind and body, illness will occur.

    My favorite bumper sticker reads: “Just because you think a thing, doesn’t mean you have to believe it.” When it comes to distress in the digestive tract, understanding this is essential. Take a deep breath. It’s only as real as you make it!

    My related articles:
    Liver Cleansing
    Alcohol Abuse and Your Stomach

    While I cannot personally endorse the product advertised at the bottom of this article, you will find an easy to digest guide to understanding the emotional connection with liver function in this link:
    Pure Body Institute

    *Please know that I am not a medical doctor or a health practitioner. I cannot diagnose your stomach problems nor can I guarantee a cure. I am here to share my knowledge, which applications have worked for me and to offer suggestions of where you may go physically, emotionally and spiritually for healing and self-empowerment. If you choose to explore alternative medicine, do not independently stop taking your prescribed medications. Always consult with your current doctor as well as your new practitioner when changing your medical program. Find a Naturopath near you.

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