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Kristin Kirkpatrick is a widely recognized registered dietician and the author of a new book entitled, Skinny Liver. This book gives a greater picture of what the liver does for your whole body and how to properly take care of it.
Kristin explains that organs such as the heart and brain are the body’s “lead actors” and the liver is the “director”. One of the most important and most resilient organs, the liver has the potential to rebuild itself if given the opportunity. The liver can regenerate itself, and you can even give part of your liver to someone else.
The liver affects other organs and parts of the body. One of the liver’s main roles is to metabolize nutrients and macronutrients. It is also responsible to manage the buildup of ammonia within one’s system. When the liver is not functioning properly, ammonia can build up and cause other health problems.
One main problem associated with the liver is non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. This occurs when droplets of fat are found within the liver. Eventually the liver becomes overloaded with this fat and can’t function properly. This can develop into a more severe form called NASH, where these droplets of fat turn into inflammation and can lead to fibrosis and cirrhosis.
Kristin also warns of the danger of sugar with liver health. Sugar has no nutrient density and the liver is ultimately responsible for metabolizing fructose in one’s diet. This can become overwhelming for the liver, which may lead to other implications health-wise.