Nutrition is the study of how the body functions from the foods consumed into it. The nutrients taken from food is the vital energy source for the body and without it, cannot survive. As food is digested, nutrients are absorbed and are then used to assist with the metabolic processes. The essential nutrients needed include carbohydrates, protein, lipids (fats), fibre, vitamins, minerals and water. It is important to ensure that these essentials are being taken in.
There are many foods that carry little to no nutritional value which are often abused leading to health problems such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, high cholesterol, dental diseases, and osteoporosis. All are either partly diet related or completely to do with poor nutrition. It is important to feed your body right to give it the proper sustenance it needs and maintain good health.
The liver is a vital internal organ and the largest in the human body. It is where blood is filtered before it makes its way around the rest of the body. The liver’s most important roles are to remove toxins that have entered the body, to process the nutrients from food which has been consumed and to regulate the metabolism.
Producing cholesterol is one of the livers main functions. The liver uses food in the body to produce cholesterol which is then used to build hormones and cell membranes throughout the body.
Cholesterol is a type of fat that is needed for many of the body’s metabolic processes such as production of bile, vitamin D and hormones. The body creates its own cholesterol and added levels of it from foods can be dangerous if too much is taken in. Problems with cholesterol levels can have an impact on the liver.