The liver is the largest organ housed inside the body. It is located to the right of the stomach and rests behind the lower ribs and below the lungs. The liver performs more than 400 functions daily to keep the body healthy. The liver converts food into nutrients the body can use such as producing bile to break down fats. Bile is a fluid produced by the liver, stored in the gallbladder, and released into the small intestine to help absorb dietary fats. The liver also stores fats, sugars, iron, and vitamins for use by the body as needed. The liver makes the proteins needed for normal blood clotting. Additionally, the liver has the lifesaving job of removing or chemically changing drugs, alcohol, and other substances that may be harmful or toxic to the body. Just as with the kidneys, the liver helps ensure a safe chemical balance within our bodies. Again, if the liver cannot perform its jobs well, it will resort to other organs for help. With respect to acne, we want the liver to be able to keep the blood clean; otherwise we could have an unwanted onset of acne flare-ups.
Foods that help the liver perform at its optimum level include:
Apple juice, blueberries (helps purify blood), beets, casaba (blood purifier), cucumbers (blood cooler), dandelion greens (liver cleanser), grapes (blood purifier), horseradish (liver cleanser), lemons (blood cooler) radishes, mustard greens, muskmelon (blood cooler), pomegranate juice (blood cleanser).