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    What your liver wants to tell you – Part One

     
    Dear reader,

    I can tell from consulting with my clients how much we all need to know more about our own body. So, for educational reasons, and with a little humor, I decided to talk about some of our major organs keeping our body alive and healthy.

    Let’s start with our liver, the center of our physical body. Doctors typically regard it as the “metabolic hub” of the body. Why?

    You’ll quickly understand why as I let your liver take over the pulpit now. It has so many messages to share with you.

    Your liver’s message to you

    “Hello there. This is your liver talking. The holidays will be here before you know it. I know you will splurge. You should know that I am 100% at your service to keep you healthy before and after these Holidays. I will (mostly) be able to handle it but you should be kind to me. Here are a few reasons why.

    I realized recently why you don’t respect me enough. The truth is that you don’t really know me! I will not try to stop you from excesses but I will try to help you make better choices for yourself and for me, your liver. First, I need to let you know how I work.

    I’ll try to make it easy to understand so a 10 year’s old child can understand what I will explain next (well, maybe a 12 years old). As you come to understand my message, I hope you will be able to teach him/her that knowledge, little by little, and to all your family members regardless of their age.

    Where am I located?

    I am located in the upper part of your abdomen, on the right hand side of your body and well protected below your diaphragm. The diaphragm consists of two dome-shaped muscles, one on the right and the other on the left. These two muscles move up and down as you breathe: when you breathe in, they move up. When you breathe out, they move back down, helping your lungs to inflate and deflate.

    If you want to feel it yourself, place your hand under the rim of the lower ribs on the right side of your body. This is the “right lobe”, the larger part of me, your liver. My left side is smaller.

    I am surrounded by a capsule (or sheath) discovered by an English physician, Francis Glisson. Glisson’s capsule has nerves. When the liver enlarges, it is said to hypertrophy, the liver Glisson’s capsule stretches and causes pain, described as “liver pain” by doctors.

    When I’m healthy, I’m not large or hypertrophied, you won’t be able to feel me, even when you breathe in deeply. My weight is exactly the same as my friend and co-worker, the brain, about 1,400 to 1,500 grams, or 2% of total body weight for each. This explains how important I am. Unfortunately, your brain does not know me very well, while I have to suffer its errors in judgement.

    When I’m not well, I am enlarged and I greatly exceeds your brain’s weight. So, please don’t let me down. Later on you’ll see that I can reduce my excess weight, given the right conditions. This mostly depends on your eating habits, unless I’m already affected by a serious disease.

    The cells I am made of...

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    Alain Braux - Culinary Nutritionist

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