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A Healthy Liver - A Healthy Life

Updated on September 25, 2014
The Liver Inside Us
The Liver Inside Us

A Healthy Liver

The Liver plays a vital role in our health and well being and is one of the most important organs in the human body but it seems to play an insignificant part in Western Medicine and is often over looked when diagnosing a person's general health.

In Western culture we usually have a routine health checkup at our local general practitioners at least once a year to see how things are going.

There we have a blood pressure test and discuss any concerns we have about our health and how we have been feeling over all.

This is where blood tests may be called for including a Liver Function Test.

But there are often times where blood test are done but The Liver Function Test, part of the blood test, is often over looked unless you actually ask for it.

How can doctors assess the health of your liver without one?

The answer is they can't and I feel that routine Liver Function tests should play just as much importance as blood pressure test do to ascertain your overall health.

We in the West little consideration to the the health of our livers unlike in Eastern cultures where Chinese Medicine is usually practiced and where the liver is one of the primary organs in the human body to be diagnosed.

Liver Function
Liver Function

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The Overall Fuction of The Liver

The liver is situated in the upper right side of the human body and is the largest internal organ in the human body.

The liver has a wide range of functions, detoxification, protein synthesis and the production of bio chemical for digestion.

This major organ has the role in metabolism including glycogen storage, decomposition of red bloods cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production and detoxification.

Blood from the digestive system must be filtered through the liver before it travels anywhere in the body so when we eat and drink anything the liver is the first to absorb its contents.

The main roll of the liver is the remove toxins from the body, process the nutrients in food and help to regulate body metabolism.

There are some conditions that prevent the liver from preforming its vital role in the body such as fat accumulation, a condition called 'fatty liver', misuse of alcohol and viral infections.

Fatty Liver disease and Cirrhosis, scaring of the Liver, usually due to alcohol abuse are most common of liver diseases.Cirrhosis brings about the general decline of the liver resulting in Liver failure.

The most amazing thing about the Liver is that it is the only organ the is capable of natural regeneration, so if we take care of this incredible organ we can lead healthy happy lives.

Liver Anatomy and Function

Herbs Used to Aid in Liver Function

In this fast passed world that we live in, there are many forms of junk food and drinks available to us and when busy come in handy as a time saver but there is also a general ignorance of good healthy food and so many people are living with liver problems of some nature because of it.

To assist the liver in playing its important role in the human body there are many changes we can make to our diets that will make its job easier.

Fresh vegetables, fruit and a lot of greens help the liver regenerate and rejuvenate.

Juicing also gives the liver a boost.

Juicing beetroot, celery, carrot, apple and ginger makes for a healthy refreshing liver cleanse taken every day if possible.

Ditch the white products such as white sugar and white flour.They are highly processed foods with no nutritional value what's so ever and make the liver work overtime to process them.

You can also introduce into your daily diet, a general liver tonic, drink dandelion tea instead of coffee and other herbal teas and if you feel that your liver needs help you can seek advise from a Naturopath or Chinese Medicine Practitioner.

There are many alternative treatments such as Naturopathy, Chinese Medicine, Homeopathy or just a gained general knowledge available to us that can be of use in every day life to assist helping the liver regenerate and function normally.

Here are some herbs commonly used in alternative medicine that can assist the liver in times of need.

St Marys Thistle

St Marys Thistle commonly known as Milk Thistle is one of the most commonly used herbs in liver disorders.

It alters the outer membrane of the liver cells and provents toxic substances from entering the liver.

It stimulates the regenerative capacity of the liver by increasing ribosome synthesis.

A powerful antioxidant it clears free radicals from the liver.


For centuries Dandelion has been used for liver and bile complaints.

Dandelion produces a 'bitters' that stimulates the digestion glands of the liver and activates the flow of bile.

Dandelion has been used and found successful in treating hepatitis, liver swelling, jaundice and indigestion caused by inadequate bile secretions.

These studies of Milk Thistle date back to 1938.

Globe Artichoke

Globe Artichoke is another 'bitters' and so acts in much the same way as Dandelion.

It acts as as a liver protector and a restorative.


The most active component of Turmeric is Curumin which is used in the treatment of liver and gallbladder problems.

It relieves liver damage and stimulates the production of bile.

Curcumin is an antioxidant and is said to help prevent cancer of the liver.

Astragalus Root

Astragalus is a Chinese herb used to boost the immune system and is a blood cleanser that stimulates the liver.

Chai Hu- Bupleurum

A Chinese herb that is used for the liver in Qi stagnation and is a general liver tonic amongst its many other uses.

Chai Hu

Chai Hu
Chai Hu

Globe Artichoke

Globe Artichoke
Globe Artichoke

© 2009 Julia M S Pearce

Thanks For The Visit! Do you realise how important it is to maintain a healthy liver for your over all well being?

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      Jenny Campbell 3 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Thanks for bringing my attention to the liver. I must say I don't pay much attention to it. I 'think' a liver function test has been included in my blood test, but not sure. I must ask next time

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      Awesome lens Blessed

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      Helene-Malmsio 5 years ago

      thanks for such an informative lens on the liver, very helpful.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Good lens and information.

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      Spook LM 8 years ago

      A lovely informative well presented lens. Enjoyed it.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Very interesting information about the Liver here. Great work on this lens. I didn't know that about Milk Thistle and the Liver.

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      Laurel Johnson 8 years ago from Washington KS

      Excellent, helpful info presented in a pleasing way. Good job!!

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      Michey LM 8 years ago

      This is a lens with important info, and very well presented.


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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      Great information. Well done.

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Interesting and informative -- and the illustrations are so helpful!

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      Julia M S Pearce 8 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      [in reply to BlissNow] Thnaks for dropping by.I too add lemon juice with water and have this before breakfast. It helps doesn't it.

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      BlissNow LM 8 years ago

      Excellent and important information! I add lemon juice to my drinking water, it's especially beneficial first thing in the morning before any coffee other drink.

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      Carol Fisher 8 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      This is really interesting and well illustrated too.

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      JanieceTobey 8 years ago

      Thanks for this well written lens! I particularly enjoyed the section on herbs that are good for the liver!

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      Julia M S Pearce 8 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      [in reply to mbgphoto] Thanks for the visit! Sorry to hear abour your Granddaughter and her liver problem.Wishing her all the best with her liver transplant!

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      Rhonda Albom 8 years ago from New Zealand

      Really interesting and useful information. Thanks for doing all this research and sharing it here.

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      Mary Beth Granger 8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Very interesting lens. My 4 month old granddaughter will probably need a liver transplant so I was really interested in learning more about the liver. Great information. 5*