Liver Neutralizing Poisons
The liver has another important function that detoxifying or destroy many harmful poisons and even certain medicines that are taken into the body for other purposes. When the liver is sick these numerous activities are impaired, and soon the whole body suffers. All this endless activity means that the liver cells eventually become worn out and must be replaced. In most people the breaking down and building up process continues without any apparent difficulty. In fact, radioactive studies have demonstrated that all the protein in the liver is changed every few weeks.
Not only the does the liver store food materials, it also produces bile, a golden yellowish liquid that is needed for the absorption of fat from the intestine. Bile is another laxative. It actually prevent us from being poisoned by absorbing the by-products of our digestion. Should the bile channels become blocked, a serious condition known as juandice will develop.
Another substance produced into the bile. It may even from stones in the bile ducts and gallbladder under certain conditions. Another substance is prothrombin, so essential in the clotting of blood. Urea, an important component of urine, is also produced within the liver. The production of all these substance may be changed under certain disease conditions.
If vitamin K is not present, or is interfered with through action of certain anticoagulant medicines, the level of prothrombin in the blood will fall. Under certain conditions vitamin K may not be absorbed to well from the intestine so that there of the body. In such a case, bleeding may occur in various parts of the body. Bile salts must also be present in the intestine to allow vitamin K to be absorbed. Hence, anything that hinders the normal flow of bile into the intestine will greatly the function of the liver.