How Stress Affects Your Liver Health? A Comprehensive Guide

Stress – one of the scariest words down in the market where most people are getting depressed. We don’t talk about mental health because it is indescribable and is something someone experiences internally but did you know that these things also affect our physical body? Not just physiological processes (someone might feel hungry or completely full if they are under stress) but physically? 

The impact of stress goes beyond expected and can lead to many physical impacts on the body. You might not believe it but it can surely directly or indirectly damage or impact the liver. One of the most expensive organs, the liver is precious and one has to make sure to safeguard it but what about when mental health is affecting it?

Liver And Its Functions 

We need to understand things about the liver and how it is related to stress (and how it affects the relationship between stress and the liver). The liver is a multitasker just like the brain but for other functions like metabolism and detoxification along with the digestion-related matters of other nutrients.

Liver and its functions

You cannot ignore its importance and how it’s champion in the heavyweight and balance of internal balancing.  To be honest all of the internal balancing along with the management related to metabolism, stamina, and nutrients can be balanced with the help of the liver- and hence it is called the champion of the body. 

How Is The Liver Connected With Stress?

There is a connection between the liver with stress and it is also commonly called stress- liver connection that affects many of the processes (and one should be concerned about it). 

The Stress- Liver Connection Is:

  • Blood sugar levels are impacted, thanks to the triggers and hormones like cortisol and adrenaline along with the response to fight or flight. You would not be able to deal with anything else but this (here we are talking about acute situations) along with the stress that is chronic. Your stress levels with these hormonal changes can be higher and in return can also increase the sugar level. Now this will indirectly interfere with the liver functioning and again it will get damaged for this reason.
  • The inflammation along with the immune system cannot be ignored and your chemical stress will affect the liver. Your liver is the central player that will get affected and this prolonged inflammation will lead to many scary diseases like hepatitis, fatty liver, and cirrhosis (which isn’t normal for a person who doesn’t drink).
  • There can also be fat accumulated in the liver and it is all related to the dietary practices a person takes under stress. There is no comfort, but people find one with unhealthy food choices and they focus on sugary substances and fatty foods. It can couple with stress to cause many of the effects on the liver leading to the situation called NAFLD or the non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (the stress hormones increase and impact the liver). 
  • Stress in the liver can also impact digestion and it might lead to other absorption related to the nutrients. You would need a full flash digestive system to make sure that the system works in a better manner. This means the liver and stress levels need to be managed which is not the case for a person who is daily stressed out. 

All this can be managed and one has to make sure to go through each and everything peacefully before it’s too late. There is a basic rule for everything- you have to be hydrated, you have to sleep well, and eat properly, along with some exercises.

You cannot ignore the supportive community who can help you go through everything (hence you can always be in the community support group). Talk and reach out to people to manage stress and other mental pressures rather than affecting your physical body.

Also Read: How To Lower Your Cortisol Levels To Reduce Stress? 5 Effective Tips


Liver issues are not a joke and this should be taken seriously, you cannot let stress affect your body (and one has to make sure to work towards it). Make sure to follow all these steps and you’ll feel better than before (and physically too). The liver is a blessing for us all, so make sure to care for it like one.

About the Author

Nicole Carter is a dedicated and passionate nutritionist, committed to helping individuals achieve their health and wellness goals through the power of proper nutrition. With a Bachelor's degree in Nutritional Science and years of practical experience.

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