Links between Digestive System and Liver

Sunday 7 August 2022

You may think the digestive system is pretty simple - food goes in, waste comes out. But of course, it is a lot more than that. The gut microbiome plays a vital role in one's overall health. Of the 300 to 500 different species of bacteria in the digestive tract, some are harmful to our health, but many are beneficial to us. 

However, the pitfalls of modern living eg. high stress levels, insufficient sleep, processed food and antibiotics can result in a variety of health problems. Many studies in the last 20 years have demonstrated links between gut health and the immune system, mood, mental health, autoimmune diseases, endocrine disorders, skin conditions and cancer.

The digestive system consists of the hollow organs i.e. oesophagus, stomach and intestines as well as the solid organs like the liver, pancreas and gallbladder. When people think of gut health, they usually focus on the stomach. They forget about the important roles played by the solid organs.

The liver makes digestive juice called bile, which helps to digest fats and vitamins. Bile is carried by the bile ducts from the liver to the gallbladder for storage until it is used. 

Liver problems can be caused by:

  • Infections spread through blood or semen, or contaminated food, and result in illnesses such as hepatitis.
  • Chronic alcohol abuse.
  • Obesity.
  • Certain medications.
  • Certain herbal compounds.
  • Genetic causes eg. build-up of iron or copper.
  • Fatty liver disease which affect people with diabetes, HBP and high cholesterol.
  • Autoimmune diseases.
  • Liver cancer.
Signs and Symptoms

One of the major issues with digestive ailments is that symptoms don't show up until later stages of a disease. However, pay attention to these symptoms:
  • Yellowish discoloration of the skin and eyes (high bilirubin content).
  • Itchy skin and dark-coloured urine (high bilirubin content).
  • Abdominal pain and swelling due to build-up of fluid in the abdomen.
  • Pale stool colour (presence of fats in stool).
  • Chronic fatigue, vomiting and loss of appetite.
  • Tendency to bruise easily (when liver is not performing at its best, coagulation diminishes).
Some tips to adopt:
  • Watch your alcohol consumption.
  • Practise good hygiene eg. wash your hands before preparing and consuming food and ensure it is cooked well.
  • Get vaccinated against hepatitis A and B.
  • Seek medical advice before taking medication.
  • Wear protective gear for those who have exposure to industrial sprays eg. insecticides or paints.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
(Source: Take Good Care of Your Gut, Starhealth, 25 April 2021)

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