How does the liver function in the digestive system?

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How does the liver function in the digestive system?
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The liver is the largest organ in the body other than the skin. It performs several functions, three of which have something to do with the digestive system. The liver is located on the right side of the stomach below the diaphragm. It can weigh as much as 1.81kg.

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Three Functions

The liver is the largest organ in the body other than the skin. It performs several functions, three of which have something to do with the digestive system. The liver is located on the right side of the stomach below the diaphragm. It can weigh as much as 1.81kg.

Bile Production

One of the functions of the liver as it relates to the digestive system is that it produces bile. Bile is necessary for the breakdown of fats. The liver makes bile and stores it in the gallbladder. When a person consumes fatty foods, the gallbladder will release bile into the stomach in order to help the acids of the stomach breakdown the fat.

Nutrients and Toxins

The liver also processes nutrients and toxins. When a person eats, the stomach and small intestine digests the food (or liquids or medications and vitamins). The broken-down substances are absorbed by the intestine walls and travel to the liver. The liver then breaks them down further.

Molecules that are nutritional are transformed in such a way that become the most beneficial for what the body needs at the time. Toxins are broken down into molecules that are the least harmful possible.

Glucose

The liver also receives and produces glucose. Most of the glucose the liver receives is produced during the digestive process in the small intestine. The enzymes in the small intestine break down the molecules in carbohydrates and sugar, producing glucose molecules, which then travel from the small intestine to the liver. The liver stores it as glycogen. When you need energy, the liver will transform the glycogen back into glucose, which is then sent into the bloodstream.

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