The liver is an important organ for metabolism - it acts like a filter for the body. Other than detoxification, the liver has other important functions in the body. Let's understand how important the liver is for metabolism and overall functioning.
1. Secretory function
A fluid called bile is secreted by the liver which aids in digestion, breaking down food into parts which can be easily absorbed in the intestines. For example, bile helps break down fats into smaller absorbable compounds called fatty acids. If the secretion of bile is lower than normal, a condition may arise called jaundice, which is reflected by yellowish skin.
2. Metabolic function
One of the liver’s main functions is energy storage, such as glycogen, a carbohydrate source. When the body detects low blood sugar levels in the body, liver glycogen is converted into blood glucose, and released into the bloodstream. The liver is also important for fat, vitamin and hormone metabolism.
3. Blood coagulation
The liver produces substances that help with blood clotting using Vitamin K.
To keep your liver healthy, here are some tips:
Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol
Maintain a healthy diet by eating more vegetables
Have an exercise routine with at least 30 minutes of exercise every day
Consider taking the Hepatitis vaccine to protect your liver against viral infection