The liver is the body’s kitchen,” said Dr. Gustav Eckstein in his 1969 book. This comparison helps us understand the liver’s role when we are completely healthy, and what can go wrong when we’re not.
The liver is on guard at the top of the stomach and receives an abundance of good things from the intestines. But sometimes it receives dangerous things too. From the former it builds proteins, sugars and fats vital to life, distributing them via the capillary tubes to the rest of the body. It neutralizes the latter and secretes them out, via bile, away from the body.