The liver is on the right side of your body, under the ribs. It is the largest internal organ in your body.
The liver is very important because it:
- filters chemicals and other substances that enter the body
- helps digestion
- helps the production of your blood and many proteins
The liver is very tough and can usually heal itself. Still, viruses, alcohol, chemicals, and some medicines and street drugs can permanently damage your liver over time and affect its ability to function.