Where it is and what it does

Your liver is one of the most amazing organs in your body, but it is hard to truly love and appreciate it if you do not understand it. So here is a little introduction.

It sits on the right-hand side of your abdomen, just below your diaphragm, behind your ribs. It is the largest internal organ in your body, about the size of a rugby ball, weighing in at around 1.25-1.5 kilograms. It is also responsible for performing many functions that are critical to your well-being.

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.

You just have to love something that ingenious! Find out more about what makes your liver so important, learn about what can damage your liver and discover simple ways to love your liver.


i. Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA)  www.gesa.org.au

ii. Australia liver foundation: liver.org.au