Where it is and what it does
Your liver is one of the most amazing organs in your body, but it’s hard to truly love and appreciate it if you don’t understand it. So here’s a little introduction.
Getting to know and love your liver
It sits on the right-hand side of your abdomen, just below your diaphragm, behind your ribs. It’s the largest internal organ in your body, about the size of a rugby ball, weighing in at around 1.25-1.5 kilograms. And it’s responsible for performing many functions that are critical to your wellbeing.
What your liver does for you every day
- Clears the blood of waste products, hormones, drugs and other toxins
- Breaks down hormones and old blood cells
- Makes, stores and releases sugars and fats
- Produces essential proteins, including blood clotting factors and enzymes
- Aids digestion by releasing bile salts to break down food
- Stores and supplies vitamins, minerals and iron to parts of the body where they are needed
Did you know?
Your liver is the only organ in your body that has the ability to regenerate itself by creating new tissue. That means it can still function, even if a significant part of the organ is diseased or removed.