Safe Ways to Manage Digestive Symptoms When You’re Living with Hep C
July 14, 2015
The liver is a part of the digestive system. As such, it is no surprise that those with a chronic liver infection like Hepatitis C frequently suffer from some type of digestive disturbance. Thankfully, there are several ways to mitigate digestive symptoms without requiring a doctor’s visit. Despite all of the options, healthcare professionals rarely address this population’s propensity towards digestive woes – at least from a non-pharmaceutical perspective.
How the Liver Impacts Digestion
A healthy liver performs many functions that are crucial to overall health, including digestive system health.
- Bile – The liver produces bile, a substance needed to metabolize fat. After bile breaks down fat, the digestion of food continues with pancreas and intestinal enzymes.
- Detoxification – The liver is the filter for all nutrients absorbed through the gastrointestinal system. Via the liver’s detoxification function, toxins, harmful chemicals and drugs are removed from the blood for excretion.
- Glucose – Carbohydrates are broken down into glucose before being transported to the liver for storage or used for energy.
When someone has Hepatitis C, his or her liver is continually battling inflammation, liver cell damage and a reduction of fully functioning liver cells. As such, Hepatitis C can hinder the liver’s ability to produce bile, reduce its ability to detoxify the blood and interfere with glucose storage and distribution for energy – all which may contribute to different manifestations of indigestion.
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