The Vivoo Liver Box is used to track liver health and monitor the state of liver function. This is done by measuring the level of bilirubin in the urine and from the results, establishing what the state of the liver is and what should be done, if anything, to improve liver health.
The Importance of the Liver
The liver is one of the most important, and largest organs in the human body. It is also the body’s heaviest organ and is responsible for vital functions. For example, the liver makes bile, builds proteins, processes nutrients, metabolizes drugs, and gets rid of toxins. It has other vital functions like breaking down fat and producing cholesterol, boosting immunity, and converting glucose to glycogen. Let’s look at these functions in a little more detail:
The liver builds different kinds of proteins; like the type of protein responsible for clotting of the blood in the body.
Processing Nutrients from Food
The nutrients we digest are processed in the liver, according to the body’s needs, while some are stored in the form of energy.
Getting Rid of Toxins
All blood flows through the liver, and while this happens, the liver metabolizes all of the toxins in the blood, such as proteins, damaged cells, and old hormones.
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The liver produces bile which is necessary to digest food. After its production, it is stored in a sac known as the gallbladder.
Liver diseases are all conditions that affect the liver. They may develop for various reasons, but they are all harmful and will lead to a deterioration in liver function. Since the liver is a highly vital part of the body and has a critical function, it is a life-threatening situation when or if it becomes diseased.
There may not always be visible signs and symptoms, and sometimes, these symptoms may be different depending on the cause. However, if there are signs and symptoms, then these general symptoms may include:
- Dark urine
- Chronic Weakness and Fatigue
- Decreased appetite
Risk Factors of Liver Diseases
Certain factors increase the likelihood of developing certain liver diseases. The most well-known risk factor is heavy drinking.
Some risk factors include:
- Being overweight
- Getting piercings or tattoos using non-sterile needles
- Exposure to pesticides or toxins
- Taking herbs or supplements, especially in large amounts
- Having a family history of liver disease
Detection of Liver Disease
Liver disease can be detected through liver function tests, either via blood tests or urinalysis. These tests measure protein or enzyme levels in the blood or urine, to ascertain how well the liver functions are being carried out, which include: clearing bilirubin, producing protein, and others.
How can urine provide information about the liver?
The liver metabolizes harmful substances. The by-products formed here are thrown into bile or blood. Bile by-products enter the intestine and leave the body in the form of feces. Blood by-products are filtered by the kidneys and leave the body in the form of urine. Any problem with all this physiological flow can cause changes in the biomarkers such as bilirubin and urobilinogen in the urine, indicating liver disease.
How does Vivoo measure and monitor liver function?
Vivoo measures the level of bilirubin in your urine to monitor liver function. It controls potential risks that could affect the optimal function of the liver and provides nutritional advice.
What does the presence of bilirubin in urine indicate?
Bilirubin is found in bile fluid which helps digest foods under the liver’s control. If your liver is healthy, it will excrete most of the bilirubin out with your feces. However, if your liver is damaged, bilirubin can leak into the blood and urine. Bilirubin in the urine can be a symptom of liver disease.