HEPATIC SYSTEM

The hepatic system delivers blood from parts of the gastrointestinal tract to the liver. The liver then processes the blood and either releases nutrients to be used by the rest of the body or stores them for future use. The

liver delivers any waste to the proper channels to be eliminated. The hepatic system is a critical part of metabolism, detoxification and digestion.

The liver is the largest organ in the human body, weighing approximately three pounds .It is also one of the most versatile and complex processing plants in existence. It is the metabolic mastermind of the body and

plays a role in digestion, metabolism and the elimination of toxins. All of the blood from the digestive system is shunted through the hepatic vein to the liver where this organ stores or processes nutrients, removes toxins and produces vital secretions.

Functions of the Liver

The liver filters over one liter of blood every minute. Its work affects nearly every body process. The liver also performs over 500 different chemical functions. It manufactures important substances, such as bile, which aids in the digestion of fats, and it serves as a channel for the elimination of excess cholesterol and environmental toxins. The liver also makes lipoproteins (aka cholesterol) to transport fats through the body. Low-density lipoproteins (LDL) transport fats to cells while high-density lipoproteins (HDL) transport fats back to the liver for elimination.

The liver acts as a storage system, warehousing nutrients to later be released into the bloodstream as they are needed by the body’s cells. As the storage center, the liver,acting alongside the pancreas and adrenal glands, plays a vital role in regulating blood sugar levels. The liver stores excess sugar when blood sugar is high, and releases it when blood sugar levels drop.

The liver contains many enzyme systems that detoxify the blood and break down metabolic waste and environmental toxins. These are then eliminated through the urine and feces. The liver also helps the immune system by destroying bacteria and infectious organisms that are absorbed from the intestinal tract before they can impact the rest of the body. In this way, the liver acts as a back-up immune defense.

Factors in hepatic system Health

Reducing the amount of chemicals your liver must process helps reduce stress on the hepatic system. Reducing or eliminating alcohol consumption and avoiding pesticides, food additives and other chemicals


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