The pancreas is located behind the stomach, surrounded by the large and small intestines, gallbladder, and liver. The pancreas is responsible for processing nutrients such as proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, so we can in turn use them as energy sources. Through this process, we are able to effectively use this energy for everything from waking up in the morning, to a full workout later on.
How the Gallbladder Works
The gallbladder is a very small organ that is responsible for some very big jobs. Located just under the liver and beside the pancreas, this bile storage center releases its product into the intestines after you have eaten, and becomes fuller before you eat. Despite its importance within the grand scheme of both the digestive system and its partnership, if you will, with the liver and pancreas, it is in fact possible to live without a gallbladder. While those who have had a cholecystectomy may have some difficulties processing and metabolizing fats, the absence of this organ is not in most cases, life threatening and may in fact extend one’s life.
Completing the trifecta of solid organs within the gastrointestinal system is the liver. This organ is crucial for processing the foods and medications we consume, and acts, in large measure, as a natural detoxification system. Located in the right, upper quadrant of the abdomen, above the gallbladder, pancreas, and stomach, this digestive warehouse is responsible for producing bile, staving off infections, and removing toxins. As one of the largest organs that also serves as the body’s iron storage center, the liver can be separated into two hepatic lobes, each with its own distinctive blood supply. In some ways, the liver is the organ that brings the functions of the pancreas and gallbladder together. The liver is involved not only in bile production, but regulation of blood glucose levels, protein synthesis, metabolism, and even the production of urine within the excretory system.