We have many organs in our body how do they all function to keep us healthy? Here are a couple vital ones I’ve been asked about recently. Our Organs and What they do, with a little help from WebMD…
Our kidneys are located at the back of the abdomen (stomach, lower chest). We have two of them. When looking at a diagram they are shaped like Lima beans. If one fails or shuts down the other is able to function on its own. The kidney filters out all of our blood in our body. All blood passes through our kidneys routinely throughout the day. The kidneys clean our blood and remove waste from the blood. They also help to control fluid balance. The kidneys help to regulate fluid to prevent retention (holding in fluid) and dehydration (not enough fluid in the body). And last but not least they contribute to the balance of electrolytes (sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus etc). After filtering the blood the kidneys create urine. By passing urine this is how we maintain our fluid balance.
Our Liver is on the right side of the stomach and is protected by the rib cage. You can not feel a normal healthy liver. The gallbladder, parts of the pancreas and parts of the intestines are just below our liver. The liver, gallbladder, pancreas and intestines work to digest, absorb and process the food we eat. Like the kidney the liver also filters blood. The liver filters blood that comes from the digestive tract. After it is digested it is passed to the rest of the body. The liver beaks down chemicals and metabolizes drugs this creates bile that goes to the intestines. Another important thing the liver produces proteins which are important for blood clotting.
The spleen is an important organ as it helps our immune system. It does this by filtering blood; recycling old red blood cells and storing white blood cells (which fight infection,) and platelets ( which promote clotting).
There you have it!
Victoria Trifu RN
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