What Is Your Liver and What Does It Do?
The liver is a key organ in your body, and you need it to live. It is found just below your ribs on your right side. Your liver is about the size of a football and weighs about 3 pounds.
The liver is like a chemical factory. It helps the body to make proteins and other things that your body needs to function. Your liver does many other things, like:
- Filtering your blood to remove harmful wastes and toxins from your body
- Helping to control hormone levels
- Storing sugar, vitamins, and minerals for when you need them
- Producing bile (BY-el), a helpful part of digestion