If one leads a lifestyle that brings one in contact with "junk" food, poor diet, lack of excercise, illness, surgery, stress, drugs, chemicals, parasites etc, then the liver can become congested or sluggish. Overall health and vitality depends greatly on the health of your liver....
It plays important roles in detoxification, hormonal balance, fat regulation, digestion and circulation.
The Liver is the main chemical mill in your body, performing over 500 different chemical functions. Compounds are broken down, synthesized, altered, burned, detoxified and excreted.
Some of the liver's most important functions include:
Metabolizing the nutrients for life: proteins, fats, carbohydrates.
Detoxification... Turns toxic materials into non-toxic substances for expulsion.
Manufacturing and secreting bile in order to absorb fat-soluble nutrients and eliminate toxic substances.
Purifying the blood... Filters bacteria, endotoxins, antibodies-antigens and other particles from the circulation.
Acts as a blood bank for 20 to 30% of your body's blood.
Manufacturing blood clotting agents and blood proteins.
Manufacturing metabolizing and storing hormones.
Fat metabolism... Controls triglycerides, cholesterol, other blood fats and body fat levels