Liver crisis is a popular term (not a medical term) for digestive problems caused by meals that are too large or too high in sugar and fat. But the liver is not responsible for the liver crisis! Explanations.

What is a liver attack?

Who has never complained about a liver crisis after a hearty meal or after having devoured all the Easter chocolates! Liver crisis refers to the various digestive disorders that can occur when you eat too much: nausea, sometimes vomiting, bloating, heartburn, loss of appetite, etc.

These symptoms are in fact the consequence of overwhelmed digestive capacities. The stomach, small intestine and gallbladder are overworked, which gives that feeling of a full stomach. These disorders are in most cases mild and temporary (no more than 24 hours) and have nothing to do with liver damage.

What to do to relieve symptoms?

There is not much to do in the event of a liver attack, other than to be patient. The symptoms disappear spontaneously within a few hours.

The treatment mainly consists of resting the digestive system, which we do naturally since the appetite has disappeared. It is also advisable to drink plenty of water and to rest. Abdominal discomfort can be relieved with antispasmodic medications, charcoal, or betaine citrate.

What can be harmful to the liver?

While liver attack is not dangerous for the liver, other factors can be harmful to the liver.

Refined sugars

The liver uses fructose (a type of sugar) to make fat. Eating too many refined sugars can lead to fat buildup in the liver. This is a good reason to limit your consumption of added sugars (sodas, pastries, pastries).

Overweight and obesity

In the case of overweight or obesity, excess fat can become lodged in the liver cells and lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (“fatty liver disease”) which can, in the long term, transform into cirrhosis. Fortunately, the damage from this disease is reversible through dietary measures and regular physical activity.

Saturated fatty acids

Saturated fatty acids are man-made fats. They are mainly found in processed products and prepared meals. They are harmful to the liver and promote weight gain.

The alcohol

Alcohol abuse is dangerous for your health, especially for your liver. Like refined sugars, chronic and excessive alcohol consumption can lead to fat accumulation in the liver, a risk factor for cirrhosis.

Annabelle Iglesias

Journalist

May 13, 2024, at 5:42 p.m.

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