What Does the Liver Do In The Digestive System

What Does the Liver Do In The Digestive System

800 functions in our organism! It is the incredible workload that the liver has daily in our body. It never stops! And that is why it is the only organ to regenerate itself to best perform all its functions.  Digestion is important because your body needs nutrients from food and drink to work properly and stay healthy. Your digestive system breaks nutrients into parts small enough for your body to absorb and use for energy, growth, and cell repair. In this article, we will be looking at What Does the Liver Do In The Digestive System

Anatomy of the liver

Anatomy of the liver

Liver Location In Human Body

The liver is located in the upper right-hand portion of the abdominal cavity, beneath the diaphragm, and on top of the stomach, right kidney, and intestines.

Shape Of The Liver

Shaped like a cone, the liver is a dark reddish-brown organ that weighs about 3 pounds.

2 distinct sources supply blood to the liver, including the following:

  • Oxygenated blood flows in from the hepatic artery
  • Nutrient-rich blood flows in from the hepatic portal vein

The liver holds about one pint (13%) of the body’s blood supply at any given moment. The liver consists of 2 main lobes. Both are made up of 8 segments that consist of 1,000 lobules (small lobes). These lobules are connected to small ducts (tubes) that connect with larger ducts to form the common hepatic duct. The common hepatic duct transports the bile made by the liver cells to the gallbladder and duodenum (the first part of the small intestine) via the common bile duct.

Functions Of The Liver [What The Liver Does In The Digestive System]

 The liver plays many vital roles in the digestive system, of the hundreds of functions of the liver, here are but a few.
  • Liver manages cholesterol: Your liver makes a digestive juice called bile that helps digest fats and some vitamins. Bile ducts carry bile from your liver to your gallbladder for storage, or to the small intestine for use.
  •  It is our liver that ensures and regulates the assimilation of fats and proteins. Its proper functioning is important so as not to clog the arteries and to reduce cardiovascular risks.
  • Production of bile, which helps carry away waste and break down fats in the small intestine during digestion
  • Protects Us From Diabetes: The liver regulates the assimilation of sugars. Along with the pancreas, it maintains normal blood sugar levels. This protects you from diabetes as well as abnormal weight gain due to this kind of dysfunction.
 
  • Production of cholesterol and special proteins to help carry fats through the body
 
  • Clearing the blood of drugs and other poisonous substances
 
  • Clearing the blood of drugs and other poisonous substances
 
  • Regulating blood clotting
 
  • Resisting infections by making immune factors and removing bacteria from the bloodstream
 
  • Clearance of bilirubin, also from red blood cells. If there is an accumulation of bilirubin, the skin and eyes turn yellow. 
  • It is a reserve of essential nutrients, vitamins, iron, which it diffuses in the body when it needs it. All the muscles in the body will demand these nutrients to function well.

Other Important Functions Of the liver

  • WEIGHT LOSS
Liver and weight loss
If the liver can no longer process the excess sugar, it will turn into fat, which will make you fat, and, more seriously, will lower your immune protection.
The medical profession speaks of the “fatty liver” of obese people which works less and less well, the liver detoxifies itself, and its essential role in the regulation of fats and sugar is fully recovered.
The excess will be directly eliminated, will no longer pass into the blood, and will no longer make you fat. You can even get rid of your extra pounds, the body is purified, drained, and having no reason to store it unnecessarily.
  • BALANCE BLOOD
The function of the liver is to recall the blood to filter it and eliminate waste. Fluid and detoxified blood is a sign of an excellent liver.
The liver cleans the red blood cells well, which eliminates the
accumulated waste and which in turn will produce the bile necessary for the assimilation of fats.
Without excess sugar and fat in the blood, you also protect yourself from other diseases, you can maintain good cholesterol or blood sugar levels.
  • BALANCE ÉMMOTIONNEL AND PSYCHIC

psychological effect of the liver

The liver is a sponge in the realm of emotions. It accepts external solicitations and its condition strongly conditions our reactions. An imbalance of the liver, and the gallbladder, systematically leads to emotional disturbances. If the liver has too much energy, we become irritable, if it does not have enough, it is depression or anxiety.

  • MUSCLE AND JOINT PROBLEMS
The liver governs the muscles and tendons. It activates calcium and magnesium when we contract our muscles. When the liver is malfunctioning, we feel contractures, stiffness, cramps, or tendonitis. With Hepaphenol, everything is back to normal. Muscles and tendons become flexible and toned again, their nutrient needs being met by a liver

Diseases Of The Liver:

Cholestasis. This happens when the flow of bile from your liver is limited or blocked. Cholestasis can be caused by certain drugs, genetic factors, or even pregnancy. It can also happen from blockage from a tumor or a gallstone stuck in the drainage system.
 
Hepatitis. This is the name for any condition involving inflammation of your liver. There are many different types. Sometimes, excessive alcohol use, drugs, or toxins cause hepatitis. Hepatitis can lead to liver failure, liver cancer, and other life-threatening conditions.

Cirrhosis. This is a hardening of your liver, due to scar tissue. Heavy alcohol use and viruses like hepatitis are common causes of cirrhosis. Diabetes, immune problems, and genetic diseases can also cause the disease.
 

Signs Of a Damaged Liver

    •  Digestive problemsYour liver is a key part of your digestive system, responsible for cleaning out toxins from your blood, processing medicines, producing bile, helping you digest fat, storing glucose, and producing proteins for clotting your blood, among many other things. Other digestive problems might also include, heartburn, bloating, gas, nausea.
    • Reddened palms (palmar erythema). Roughly a quarter of people with liver cirrhosis develop palmar erythema – a reddening of the skin on the palms.
    • Skin irritation: acne, eczema, itching, allergies
    • Fatigue and tiredness
    • Dark urine. Urine that is dark orange, amber, cola-colored, or brown can be a sign of liver disease. The color is due to too much bilirubin building up because the liver isn’t breaking it down normally.
    • Weight gain: overweight, love handles, cellulite
    • Yellow skin or eyes (jaundice): Jaundice is due to the build-up of bilirubin (a bile pigment) in the blood because it can’t be processed effectively. The skin may also be itchy for the same reason.
    • Muscle and joint problems: arthritis, rheumatism, night cramps
    • Blood balance: diabetes, cholesterol
    • Swollen abdomen (ascites). Ascites happen because fluid is retained in the abdomen. The legs and ankles may also become swollen due to fluid retention.
    •  Emotional and psychic balance: nervousness, nightmares, depression.