Vital Organs Diagram
Written by Natural Diet Plan
10 Vital Organs of the Human Body
These are: heart, skin, liver, pancreas, brain, lungs, kidneys, large intestines, small intestines, and stomach.
About half a dozen organs comprise the human body, but these ten are considered as most vital.
The human body is able to survive without some organs - such as the gall bladder and spleen. It may even function well with one kidney or part of a stomach.
Purpose & Functions of Vital Organs in the Human Body, Including Diagram
Heart - Simply put, the heart is one giant pump transporting oxygenated blood throughout the body, and receiving deoxygenated blood in return. Throughout the average span of life the heart will beat about 2.5 million beats.
Skin - The largest vital organ of the body and there are approximately 20 million skin cells per every inch of the human body. The skin serves to regulate temperature, to protect the body's internal composite and to add beauty. Without it we'd be some very ugly looking creatures. The skin also contains sweat glands which function in regulating temperature, as well as oil glands which moisturize and protect the skin - as well as provide essential oils to our hairy regions.
Liver - The liver is the largest internal vital organ. It produces bile for digestion, filters toxins from the blood, regulates blood sugar, breaks down fats, releases cholesterol, and produces blood proteins. Looking at the diagram of vital organs to your right, you can readily see the location of the liver.
Pancreas - Produces enzymes necessary for digestion, regulates blood sugar via insulin and glucagon.
Brain - It weighs approximately three pounds and virtually controls the body's functions - from digestion to nerve functions, to breathing to our heart rate.
Lungs - Their function is to supply oxygen to the body.
Kidneys - When the kidneys are damaged, they will let you know via significant back pain. They are located beneath the ribcage in the lower area of the back and are well protected - so that's good news. It requires some effort for them to become damaged.
Their functioning involves filtering, much like the liver. The kidneys filter salt and other elements from the blood to produce urine. They also work to regulate blood pressure.
Large Intestines - This vital organ is about five feet in length. It plays a key role in the digestive process by receiving undigested food from the small intestines, then absorbing as much water as possible before expelling what remains as waste.
Small Intestines - It's huge - about 16 feet in length and is responsible for assisting in the digestive process, breaking down the food, absorbing nutrients and transporting them through the blood.
Stomach - Breaks down consumed food and drink using enzymes and digestive juices before sending it for processing to the small intestines. It is about the size of your fist, yet like your bladder it has the ability to expand to accommodate food and drink.