The liver is an extremely important organ. It is constantly active, playing an important role in many vital processes. (1,2) Everything we eat and drink is processed by the liver. The liver is the largest internal organ and the largest gland in our body, (1) and its high regeneration ability makes it absolutely unique. (3)
THE LIVER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MORE THAN 500 VITAL FUNCTIONS.
WHERE IS THE LIVER?
The liver is located on the right side of your body - in the upper part of the abdominal cavity, more precisely below the ribs, which serves as a protective layer for its soft tissue. The average liver weight in an adult is approximately 1.5 kg. (1,4)
WHAT DOES THE LIVER DO FOR YOU?
The liver is involved in almost all metabolic processes and during which it transforms carbohydrates, fats, proteins, hormones, nutrients, drugs and toxins. (3) The liver has several very important functions in the human body:
CAN WE FEEL THE LIVER HURT?
There is a lot of confusion around this question. To start with, one basic issue should be explained – it is not easy to feel the liver hurt.
It is an organ whose liver tissues is not innervated (contains no nerves) and thus does not generate feeling. (5)
The symptoms that we feel as “liver uncomfortable", are a consequence of the enlargement of this organ. The enlarging liver stretches the capsule that possesses sensory innervation. (5) This organ becomes enlarged when it is ill.
THE LIVER DOES NOT ALWAYS GENERATE UNCOMFORTABLE FEELING IF HURT OR DAMAGED
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF THE LIVER?
By caring about the liver and its normal functioning, we support many important processes that effect our health. To learn how you can take care of your liver, read other articles on our website.
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