Perspective - Journal of Gastroenterology and Digestive Diseases (2023) Volume 8, Issue 3
The vital role of the liver in maintaining optimal health.
Department of Gastroenterology, St Mark’s Hospital, UK and Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom
- Corresponding Author:
- Isabella George
Department of Gastroenterology,
St Mark’s Hospital,
UK and Imperial College London,
Received: 07-Feb-2023, Manuscript No. JGDD-23-88894; Editor assigned: 09-Feb-2023, JGDD-23-88894 (PQ); Reviewed: 23-Feb-2023, QC No. JGDD-23-88894; Revised: 02-May-2023, Manuscript No. JGDD-23-88894 (R); Published: 09-May-2023, DOI:10.35841/jgdd.8.3.141
The liver isn’t just the largest internal organ; it’s among the most important. You can’t live without it. About the size of a football, it’s located in the upper right part of the abdomen and protected by the ribcage. As part of the digestive system, the liver must process everything that the stomach and intestines digest and absorb. For nutrition, one of its main jobs is to produce bile, a chemical that converts fat into fuel the body can use. Without your liver, eating a cheeseburger and milkshake would make you very sick.
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In fact, the liver can be credited with performing at least 500 vital functions. It regulates blood sugar, makes vitamins, maintains blood at the right thickness and keeps muscles from tremoring. It filters toxins from the blood and clears medications and alcohol. When your muscles grow with regular exercise, your liver makes it possible. It’s very important to heart health. The liver even helps us think more clearly.
The liver is prone to autoimmune disorders a situation that occurs when the body’s immune system gets confused and attacks healthy cells. These disorders include autoimmune hepatitis, when the immune system attacks the liver causing inflammation and damage; primary biliary cholangitis, a condition that inflames and destroys the bile ducts and Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC), another autoimmune liver disease that recently took the life of screenwriter James Redford, the 58 years old son of actor Robert Redford.
The liver is a vital organ in the human body located in the upper right quadrant of the abdomen. It is the largest internal organ and plays a crucial role in maintaining the overall health of an individual. Here are a few reasons why the liver is so important. Metabolism of liver is responsible for breaking down and processing the nutrients we consume, such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats. This metabolic process helps to regulate the levels of glucose, cholesterol and other substances in the bloodstream.
Detoxification of the liver is a natural detoxifier, filtering harmful substances such as drugs, alcohol and toxins from the bloodstream. It also converts these toxic substances into a form that can be eliminated from the body. Bile production of the liver produces bile, a yellow green fluid that helps to digest fats and absorb fat soluble vitamins. Bile is stored in the gallbladder and released into the small intestine as needed.
Blood regulation of the liver is involved in regulating the blood supply to the body. It stores essential nutrients, including vitamins, minerals and releases them into the bloodstream as needed. It also helps to maintain the balance of blood clotting factors and cleanses the blood of waste products. Immunity of the liver plays a key role in maintaining the body’s immune system. It produces immune system components and helps to eliminate pathogens and foreign substances.
In conclusion, the liver is an essential organ that plays a vital role in maintaining the overall health of an individual. It is important to take care of the liver by leading a healthy lifestyle, including eating a balanced diet and avoiding harmful substances such as alcohol and drugs. If you suspect any problems with your liver, it is important to see a doctor immediately to get it checked.