Recent research has shown a significant link between Gut functioning and developments of Liver Diseases. This includes faulty food habits resulting in severe Obesity, alcohol consumption, the transmission of Hepatic Viruses, chronic infectious agents or translocation of Gut Microbiomes. Some of the chronic incurable&inflammatory diseases of the Gut also result in the development of Chronic Liver Disease. Our Liver is the multi-tasking marvel of the human body, toiling away every day to digest fats, recycle blood cells, store energy for future use, and filter the blood from the digestive tract, protecting you from a wide variety of dangerous toxins. A healthy Liver is necessary for survival!
The Liver can regenerate after being damaged; however, repetitive or long-lasting injury can cause scar tissue to form. Scarring of the Liver may lead to Cirrhosis, a condition in which the Liver is unable to function normally. In recent years, an uninterrupted increase in the prevalence and the mortality by Liver diseases has been observed. One of the most common Chronic Liver Diseases is Alcoholic Liver Disease (ALD) and Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) that can progress to Liver Cirrhosis and/or Hepatocellular Carcinoma.
DIGESTIVE DISORDERS AND IMPACT ON LIVER:
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Gut Microbiomes
- Viral Hepatitis
FOOD TIPS FOR A HEALTHY OR HEALTHIER LIVER:
- What to sidestep? Don’t eat foods that are high in fat, sugar and salt. Stay away from consuming excess amounts of fried foods, junk food and packaged foods. Avoid raw or undercooked seafood and meat
- Talk to a doctor about alcohol and Liver health: Depending on the state of your Liver, you should avoid alcohol. If you’re allowed alcohol by your doctor, limit it to no more than one drink a day if you’re a woman and two drinks a day if you’re a man
- Eat a balanced diet: Select foods from all food groups such as Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, Meat and Beans, Milk, and Oil
- Eat food with fiber: Fruits, vegetables, whole grain bread, rice and cereals can take care of our body’s fiber needs
- Drink lots of water: It averts dehydration and it helps your Liver function better
- Exercise: This keeps our overall blood circulation active
Inputs by Dr. Niranjan Banka, Chairman, Institute of Digestive & Liver Care, SL Raheja Hospital, Mahim- A Fortis Associate