From a holistic perspective, healthy and properly functioning organs play a vital role in overall health, effect energy levels and are influenced by emotional well-being. In most cases good nutrition, rest and exercise are interrelated with organ health. When functioning properly, the kidneys are responsible for filtering our blood, removing waste products and extra water (urine). This process detoxifies the body by neutralizing and eliminating toxins; this in turn minimizes tissue damage and prevents illness. Some kidney related disease is hereditary and often cannot be cured. Others can be affected by existing conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure. An improperly functioning kidney can contribute to degenerative diseases or produce painful kidney stones (minerals in urine crystallize stones in the kidney). The liver, which is one of the largest and most important organs in the body; converts the food we eat into stored energy and chemicals necessary for life and growth; breaks down and filters harmful substances like alcohol or toxins; builds and regulates chemicals that your body needs; and assists in removing waste products from your blood. There are many kinds of liver disease such as cirrhosis, Wilson’s disease, viral hepatitis, steatorrhea, and hemochromatosis. The spleen is a blood reservoir that creates lymphocytes for the destruction and recycling of old red-blood cells and supplies the body with blood in emergencies such as a bad cut. During and after digestion the size of the spleen increases, if the increase in size is significant it can rupture and requires immediate medical care. Infections such a mono or malaria, or diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, sickle cell anemia, leukemia or lymphoma can cause the spleen to become enlarged.
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