Your liver deserves your love! Do you know why? Because IT loves YOU! Do you know how much your liver does for your body? Let me tell you.
Get this: the liver has over 800 functions! That is amazing! A few of the things it does for you are as follows: it is involved with your endocrine system, controlling your blood sugar, helps with protein metabolism, cholesterol production and (I love this next one) it rids your body of toxic chemicals.
You might think to yourself, “What’s the big deal about that?” or “I’m not around chemicals on a daily basis”, or “I don’t work with chemicals at my job”. But guess what?
Chemical exposure in our time is unprecedented in human history. The average American consumes 14 pounds of chemical food additives each year. Yuck! Now add to that the chemical burden caused by food sprayed with pesticides. Blech! Now add to that the air and water pollution we are all exposed to daily. Gross! (Here’s a fun fact: U.S. Pesticide use is 4 billion pounds annually.)
How in the world can our livers possibly handle this immense burden?
Fortunately, our lovely livers chemically convert toxins to be easily eliminated through urine, feces, respiration (breathing) and through the skin. This detoxification process is ongoing. (See, I told you your liver loves you!) However, the huge volume of chemicals in our environment and in our diet has caused many people to reach their threshold of tolerance. This means that chemicals that would otherwise be eliminated from the body are now lodged in tissues and organs and are wreaking havoc on people’s health in a variety of ways.
When our bodies are burdened with more chemicals than they can efficiently detoxify, chronic health problems occur. Problems like weight gain (94% of toxins are fat soluble), allergies, skin problems, digestive problems, headaches, fatigue, joint pain and many, many others.
How toxic are you? Your liver loves you, so do it a favor, and love it back.