What happens to your liver if the digestive system is ignored?

Dr Niranjan Banka, Chairman, Institute of Digestive & Liver Care, S.L. Raheja Hospital, Mahim, shares his insights on the significant link between Gut functioning, and developments of Liver Diseases, and what happens if it is ignored


Recent research has shown a significant link between gut functioning, and developments of liver diseases. It 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 and inflammatory diseases 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 mortality by liver diseases. 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:

  • Obesity
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Gut Microbiomes
  • Viral Hepatitis

Food tips for a healthy or healthier liver:

What to sidestep? Don’t eat foods 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 fibre: Fruits, vegetables, whole grain bread, rice, and cereals can take care of our body’s fibre needs

Drink lots of water: It averts dehydration and helps your Liver function better

Exercise: It keeps our overall blood circulation active