Why is the liver worth detoxing and supporting?
The liver is one of our most crucial organs, performing over 500 functions. Like a miniature refinery, the liver converts carbohydrates, fats and proteins into substances essential for life. It exports and manufactures nutrients needed by other organs to function properly such as bile used by the intestines during digestion.
The liver also purifies our blood of toxic substances from food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. If the liver is not functioning optimally, our body begins to store these toxins in our tissues.
Over time, these toxins can weaken the immune system and contribute to the development of degenerative conditions.
Bile is made in the liver but stored in the gall bladder. Bile is produced in the liver from cholesterol. It is stored in the gallbladder which is situated just below the liver. The gallbladder is connected to the cystic duct which opens in the small intestine.
The gall bladder receives the bile from liver through the common bile duct which is formed by the union of two hepatic ducts. The bile is then concentrated to more than ten times in the gallbladder. It is released in to the small intestine in response to the stimulation by fatty food.
Bile's function is to breakdown fats into microscopic droplets. This emulsification helps digestion by increasing greater surface area for better absorption. Then the pancreas would produce pancreatic lipase to break down the fat into glycogen and fatty acids.