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The importance of the liver in good health

February 14, 2018

There are about 80,000 chemicals in our North American environment that are never tested for safety in human beings. We are living in a very toxic environment. The liver is one of the four major organs that eliminate toxins from the body.The liver performs 500 to 600 functions every second. At any one time, the liver contains about 10% of the body’s blood supply.1.4 liters of blood pass through the liver every minute. There is no standard medical tests to determine if the liver is performing these functions.  The liver detoxifies sources like medications, drugs, hormone enhancers, food additives, preservatives, food colorings, sweeteners, flavor enhancers, chemicals used in agriculture, alcohols, volatile organic compounds, fumes, air pollution and many other factors.

Many of the toxins that enter the body are fat soluble. The liver has to convert these toxins into water soluble substances that can be excreted from the body. The enzymatic process to dispose of toxins occurs in two phases: phase 1 (oxidation) and phase 2 (conjugation).


A lot of our population take lots of supplements and vitamins. However, if the enzymatic processes of the body are not working properly, the body is not able to use the ingredients people put in. Due to the toxic load we face today, it is imperative to make sure that our liver is supported properly. In my practice, all of my patients going through biotherapeutic drainage protocols are taking supplements to help with their liver. Liver support is a very important topic that does not get enough attention.  

If you have questions about your overall health, our rheumatologist in Manhattan and Long Island, Dr. Mir can help. Contact us today!