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Gallbladder Function

gallbladder-functionUnderstandng The Importance Of The Gallbladder

Most people know and understand the workings of the most common parts of the body; even if those parts reside within said person. The heart is known to pump a large quantity of fluid daily to the outermost parts of the body, and then receive that same blood back to be oxygenated and then returned. The lungs inflate and deflate on a regular autonomous schedule that is regulated by a specific area of the brain, and the brain itself controls all functions of the rest of the body so that we can function as was intended. Gallbladder function is not as well known. Most people do not understand how the gallbladder works, and would not understand what the consequences of having it removed would be.

How Does the Gallbladder Function

The gallbladder is a relatively small (only about 3 inch to 4 inch long) organ that is connected to the liver by the hepatic duct. The function of the gallbladder is to store bile for the liver and deliver that product to the small intestine when it is called for. The gallbladder also concentrates the bile so that it is more readily useable and more effective in its process.

The gallbladder acts, as mentioned as a storage site for the bile which the liver produces. The liver is mainly a filter for toxins that the body encounters from foods and drink that are ingested. It also works to break down some of the foods that taken in and synthesizes those foods into products that are useable by the body. One of the liver's main functions is to produce bile.

Bile is a product that aids in the emulsification of fats and it also acts as an antioxidant that helps the liver remove toxins from the body. Scientists have long understood how the gallbladder works to store the excess bile that liver produces and release it when digestion is occurring. Breaking down fat is necessary because this fat can not be properly utilized by the body unless it is in a simpler form. The toxins that people encounter everyday are numerous and deadly to the unprotected organism. These natural poisons can be muted by the bile and then carried out of the body as waste.  Stones in the gallbladder can cause serious problems when gall stones end up plugging the pathway for these products to move where needed.

The liver produces a quart or more of bile every day and this may not all be used at the time of production. The gallbladder is attached to the bile ducts of the liver and it receives this excess bile, which it then releases when it is needed. This gallbladder function makes this organ one which is an important, if unknown, part of our body's daily operation. The gallbladder also helps the body to neutralize the acids which the stomach produces by releasing the correct amount of bile when it is needed.

An important thing to note is that all organs, those we think of as major and minor, have a great effect on the proper day to day working of our body. The gallbladder may not be as important as some (since it may be removed when it becomes diseased or filled with the stones the bile sometimes produces), but its function is as important to our daily lives as some better known organs.