Have you ever wondered what lies beneath the soft cushion of skin on your stomach? Maybe it’s something mysterious, like a secret treasure or an alien implant. Or maybe it’s just your internal organs doing their thing. But hey, even if it’s not as exciting as we’d hope, there’s nothing wrong with being curious about our own bodies! So let’s delve into this question and see what interesting tidbits we can find.
The Anatomy of Your Left Side
If we’re going to explore what lies inside your abdominal region, we should first understand the basic anatomy involved. Here are a few terms you might want to know:
- Epigastric region: area above your belly button but below your ribcage
- Hypochondriac regions: one on each side of the epigastric region; where the lower ribs meet
- Left flank: area between your lowest rib and hip bone on the left side
- Mesentery: a fold in the lining of the abdominal cavity that supports and connects various organs
Now that we have some vocab under our belt (pun intended), let’s focus specifically on what could be located to the left of your belly button.
The Spleen: Friend or Foe?
One organ found in this general vicinity is called…drum roll please…the spleen! This purple-hued fellow sits tucked away towards back-left corner beneath the ribs. You actually have two types white pulp which produces immune cells and red pulp which regulates blood cell breakdown BUT WE only need ONE 😉
What does this bad boy do for us? Some things you might not expect! Sure, spleens can filter out old/damaged red blood cells—but they also store healthy ones that can be released during intense exercise. It may aid immunity by producing certain immune cells or storing iron needed for blood production. But I mean, DON’T ZAP YOURSELF ON PURPOSE for this to happen.
Another Organ? Really?
That’s right, we’ve got yet another organ in the area known as your stomach! This muscular sac that looks like a broken balloon sits on top of spleen, try saying THAT ten times fast.You might think its main function is churning up food before it journeys further down the digestive system, but there’s more to our tummies than digestion! Your stomach also plays a role in regulating appetite and hormone secretion—and even shares nerve pathways with your brain so you can feel those happy/sad/hangry feels.
But wait there’s MORE! The lesser omentum that connects portion of liver with surface of stomach
Are There Any Organs Left??
We are getting from organs to other things be patient… Don’t forget about something called: LARGE INTESTINE A.K.A. COLON— which wraps around left side (Poor colon probably doesn’t get enough attention outside gut health). One neat factoid about your large intestine is that it contains beneficial bacteria known as “gut flora” who helps break down fibrous foods that body alone cannot digest!. These helpful bacteria actually outweigh by a factor of over 5 billion cells compared the entire human body!
While having too little gut fauna can cause problems like constipation or infection…having too much isn’t good either.
Muscles on Fleek
There could be two muscles found here:a) External Oblique – Helps bend torso sideways,bent forward OR twist waist.. Ths muscle has tough facia covering forms aponeurosis while providing both flexion/rotation when activated individually
b) Internal oblique- Deeper within external ones along lower back edge and assists with transporta
tion/exhalation because these squishy ribs need help 😉
It’s Not Just the Insides That Matter
While it’s interesting learning about the internal workings of your own body, what we see on the outside can also impact how our abdominal region is functioning. Posture and exercise routines are two ways to influence this area positively.
A healthy posture encourages your organs to settle in their proper positions while keeping Intervertebral Discs (IVDs) cushioned; This can relieve pressure off some nervous structures that run diagonally down each side of body. Goodness knows we don’t want a slipped disk! Back-to-Back stretches that engage ab muscles build overall support for spine by reinforcing core-pelvic-lumbar stabilization.Incorporating movements like planks or sit-ups work multiple panels–especially inner obliques!
Other Potential Bumps in Your Trunk Road
In rare occasions – Hernia when an organ protrudes via weak spot torn tissue.There variable names but inguinal goes groin & femoral above/around pelvis regions
Other reasons why you may feel something less sinister than a hernia? Gas bubbles traveling through intestines OR excessive fluid from kidneys(less likely)
So Many Structures, So Little Time…
That being said, there are SO many different organs and structures located throughout your stomach region.Left ureter will curve around left iliac vessels coming up from bladder into kidney duct system; cut into layers mesocolon promotes communication between space where sigmoid colon & parietal peritoneum meet.Since everything here works together (ideally!) locating one thing near another doesn’t mean they’ll necessarily overlap. Thanks for joining us on this delightful exploratory journey!
Hey there, I’m Dane Raynor, and I’m all about sharing fascinating knowledge, news, and hot topics. I’m passionate about learning and have a knack for simplifying complex ideas. Let’s explore together!
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