Your best friend - the Liver

The more you listen the more you learn, and if your liver is overworked, it will start talking to you – and when it does, listening is the sensible thing to do.

Lying on the right hand side of your body, your liver is indeed your right-hand man, loyal, unassuming and consistent: quietly getting on with the task of filtering, sieving and cleaning up the debris that invariably finds its way through. Both an organ and a gland, because it secretes chemicals used by other parts of the body, it is a true multi-tasker, performing over 500 functions daily just so you can be you. It can be considered the grandfather of all organs - clearing up after a good night out, dealing firmly with alcohol, processed fatty food, pharmaceuticals or recreational drugs all of which end up in your liver.

Quietly efficient, processing everything you eat and drink into energy and nutrients, this sophisticated organ is often taken for granted and therefore abused by the body it lives in. You could think of it as a good friend who is always there, who listens and does things for you without being asked, who plans ahead and provides things you didn’t even know you needed. But one day that friend might decide enough is enough – there’s only so much that can be done, if it’s a one-sided arrangement. Even though the liver can regenerate itself, by the time it has to do this, the friendship may well be over, it’s certainly on very rocky ground.Another way of viewing the liver is as both a filter and a rubbish collector and, like a hoover bag, you’ll know when it’s full because its stops collecting dirt and has to be changed. Imagine your liver as that bag - full of free radicals, smoke, alcohol and processed food. If it gets blocked and stops filtering, then you’re in trouble. Your liver is vital for optimum health, and I’m going to teach you how to listen to what it’s telling you.