Hi... I'm Your Liver!
Let me tell you how much I love you.
I store the iron reserves you need, as well as a lot
of vitamins and other minerals. Without me, you wouldn't have
the strength to carry on!
I make bile to help digest your food. Without me, you'd waste away
I detoxify poisonous chemicals you give me, and that
includes alcohol, beer, wine and drugs - prescribed and
over-the-counter as well as illegal substances. Without me, your "bad"
habits would kill you.
I store energy, like a battery, by stockpiling sugar
(carbohydrates, glucose and fat) until you need it. Without me, the sugar level
in your blood could fall dramatically and you'd go
into a coma.
Let's face it!
You couldn't have gotten out of bed this morning if I weren't
on the job.
I make the blood that got your system
going even before you were born. Without me, you wouldn't be
I manufacture new proteins that your
body needs to stay healthy and grow. Without me, you wouldn't grow
I remove poisons from the air, exhaust,
smoke and chemicals you breathe. Without me, you'd be poisoned
I make clotting factors that stop the
bleeding when you nick yourself shaving or paring an apple. Without me, you'd bleed to death!
I help defend you against the "germ
warfare" going on in your body all the time. I take
those cold germs, flu bugs and other germs you encounter,
and knock 'em dead - or at least weaken them. Without me, you'd be a sitting
duck for every infection known to man.
That's how much I
love you... but do you love me?
Let me tell you some
easy ways to love your liver:
Don't drown me in beer, alcohol or wine!
Even one drink is too much for
some people and could scar me for life.
Watch those drugs! All drugs are chemicals, and
when you mix them up without a doctor's advice you could
create something poisonous that could damage me badly.
If you take interferons you could kill
me. Many livers have died from the
evil drug companies greed and uneducated uncaring doctors
who prescribe this drug from the dark ages.
Rebatrol is very bad too. It will cause your children
to have deformaties that will impair thier lives and may
cause death. It also causes cancer in many. Please do
not drowned me in rebatrol.
I scar easily.. and those
scars, called "cirrhosis" are permanent.
Medicine is sometimes necessary.
But taking pills when they aren't necessary is a bad habit.
All those chemicals can really hurt a liver.
Be careful with aerosol sprays! Remember, I have to detoxify
what you breathe in, too. So when you go on a cleaning
binge with aerosol cleaners, make sure the room is ventilated,
or wear a mask. That goes double for bug sprays, mildew
sprays, paint sprays and all those other chemical sprays
you use. Be careful what you breathe!