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Each month we will post articles on various GI topics. We hope you will find our blog to be interesting and informative. Stop back often!

Anatomy of the Liver

The liver is a basic organ that has many functions in the body, including making proteins and blood thickening variables, manufacturing triglycerides and cholesterol, glycogen combination, and bile generation. In this article, we are going to discuss the anatomy of the liver,and its function in the body.

The Liver

The liver is a large organ that sits on the right hand side of the belly. Many different disease processes can occur in the liver, including infections such as hepatitis, cirrhosis (scarring), cancers, and damage by medications or toxins. Symptoms of liver disease can include liver disease:

  • Jaundice
  • Abdominal pain and inflammation
  • Bleeding
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss

Alcohol can be poisonous to the liver (hepatotoxic), particularly in high doses, and long-term alcohol abuse is a typical reason of liver illness. The liver is involved in metabolizing many toxins, including drugs and medications, chemicals, and natural substances.

Is the Liver a Gland or an Organ?

The liver is one of the indispensable organs of the body, in charge of several concoction activities that the body needs to survive. It is additionally an organ since it secretes chemicals that are utilized by different parts of the body. Therefore, the liver is both an organ and a gland; truth be told, it is the biggest inside organ in the body.

What Is the Function of the Liver?

The liver has different capacities. It makes a significant number of the chemicals required by the body to work regularly, it separates and detoxifies substances in the body, and it also acts as a storage unit.

Hepatocytes (hepar=liver + cyte=cell) are in charge of making a large number of the proteins (protein synthesis) in the body that are required for some functionalities, including blood coagulating variables, and albumin, required to keep up liquid inside the dissemination framework. Also in charge of assembling cholesterol and triglycerides. Carbohydrates are likewise delivered in the liver and the organ is in charge of transforming glucose into glycogen that can be put away both in the liver and in the muscle cells. The liver also produces bile that assists with food digestion

The liver assumes an essential part in detoxifying the body by changing over alkali, a byproduct of digestion in the body, into urea that is discharged in the pee by the kidneys. The liver additionally separates medicines and drugs, including alcohol, and is in charge of separating insulin and different hormones in the body.

The liver also stores vitamins and chemicals that the body requires as building blocks. These include:

  • vitamin B12,
  • folic acid
  • iron required to make red blood cells
  • vitamin A for vision,
  • vitamin D for calcium absorption, and
  • vitamin K to help blood to clot properly.

Contact a Minnesota Liver Surgeon

If you are experiencing liver problems, make an appointment with a Minnesota liver surgeon today. Dr. Ahsan Bhatti has years of experience treating patients throughout Minnesota for various liver problems. Contact us today at our Chaska or Edina clinics to set up your appointment!


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Be Good To Your Liver

Be Good To Your Liver

Your liver is one of the hardest working organs in your body. Think of it as your own personal filtering system as it cleans your blood and helps you digest food.

Everything you eat or drink passes through your liver. It’s the liver’s job to help break down the nutrients in food and spread the nutrients throughout the body via the bloodstream and eliminate the toxic waste that’s left.  

Liver-Friendly Foods

Taking care of your liver is a critical part of maintaining overall good health. Exercising and eating right are important. Some liver-friendly foods are also quite tasty:

  • Garlic
  • Grapefruit
  • Avocado
  • Beets
  • Apples

Unfortunately, we are seeing an increase in the number of people with liver disease and according to the American Liver Foundation about 1 in 10 people have some form of liver disease.

Some liver disease may be inherited. And some problems arise when certain viruses or harmful chemicals infect your body. Too much alcohol can lead to Cirrhosis, and some medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol)  can create issues if you take too much. Mistreating your liver can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, chronic fatigue, headaches and digestive problems. 

Common Liver Conditions

Dr. Bhatti is one of the few Gastroenterologists in Minnesota who specializes in treating liver disease. Some of the liver conditions that we commonly treat include:

Your liver is an amazing organ that helps your immune system fight infections, removes bacteria from the blood and makes bile, which is essential for digestion.

Minnesota Liver Doctor

Please be good to your liver so your liver is good to you. And call us at Bhatti GI in Chaska or Edina if you have any questions or concerns about your liver - 952-368-3800

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Exercise to Promote Good Digestion

You probably know that eating fruits, vegetables, and foods that are high in fiber can help your digestion. But exercise can also help optimize your digestive process. Exercise improves blood flow throughout the body – including your digestive tract.  

The Importance of Exercise

A consistent exercise routine will help keep your digestive process moving and can alleviate constipation, gas, and bloating. Different types of exercise have different effects on the body. For example, riding a bike or breathing exercises can help reduce heartburn. Certain yoga poses like gentle twists can stimulate your abdominal organs. But the best kind of exercise is the exercise you enjoy because you will be more motivated to get moving. National recommendations for physical activity say that adults should exercise about 150 minutes per week. That is less than ½ hour per day – and enough for your digestive health.

Alternatively, some types of extreme exercise can have negative effects on digestion. Endurance athletes often report gastrointestinal issues such as is nausea, vomiting, cramps and diarrhea. It’s important to talk with a doctor before implementing a new exercise regimen, especially if you have health issues.  

MN Digestion Doctors

Eating right, exercising and staying hydrated are all important parts of general health that impact your digestion. Please contact us at Bhatti GI anytime you have questions or concerns about your digestive health. Our primary clinics are located in Chaska and Edina, but we help patients throughout the Twin Cities metro area: 952-368-3800


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Your Digestive System And How It Works

Every time we eat or drink something, our digestive system goes to work to help our bodies absorb the nutrients we need
to stay strong and healthy. In this article, we are going to briefly explain how the human digestive system works.

The Mouth

It all starts in our mouth. As we chew our food, saliva is produced and our food starts to break down. Once swallowed,
food moves down our esophagus and into our stomach.

The Stomach

The stomach is a curved organ that stretches when we eat or drink, and connects the esophagus to the small intestine. Muscles at the top of our stomach relax to let food enter while muscles at the bottom of our stomach go to work to mix the contents of our stomach with digestive juices or acids that primarily break down proteins. 

The Small Intestine

Next, the contents of the stomach, which is now called chyme, enters the small intestine. Digestive juices created by the small intestine, along with bile from the liver (which is stored in the gallbladder) and enzymes from the pancreas all go to work to further break down the food into carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. The walls of the small intestine absorb these nutrients and – via the bloodstream - deliver these nutrients to cells throughout the body. Meanwhile, the remaining chyme passes into the large intestine.

The Small Intestine

Once in the large intestine (also called the colon), there are very few nutrients left in the chyme. Water and electrolytes are removed and microbes go to work to continue the digestive process. What’s left now is waste, which passes through the final part of the large intestine, called the rectum and exits through the anus.

This vital and amazing process takes place every time we eat or drink. And the nutrients absorbed into our bodies through digestion help all parts of our body - from our organs to our hormones. You can help keep your digestive system working well by drinking lots of water and eating a healthy diet that has lots of fiber-rich foods like fruit and vegetables.

Minnesota Gastroenterolgy Clinic

As a gastroenterology clinic, we specialize in caring for people who have digestive issues. Please contact a Bhatti GI doctor if you have concerns about your digestive health. We have clinics located in Chaska and Edina, but provide care to patients throughout the Twin Cities.


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