What Fatty Liver Means For Your Weight And Health And How To Reverse Both Naturally
Fatty liver disease or NAFLD is a diet-related disease that causes you to gain weight although you're eating normally. Fatty liver can also lead to high cholesterol, hypertension, prediabetes, type 2 diabetes and ultimately heart disease (in that order), but is easily reversible naturally.
You may be wondering how to reverse fatty liver naturally. Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) is the leading cause of chronic liver disease in children and adults in the United States. Alarmingly, six million children—up to ten percent of all children in the nation are also diagnosed with have NAFLD according to the Liver Foundation.
At least thirty million people—or one in ten Americans—have some form of liver disease of which there are more than one hundred varieties. There’s an ever-increasing number of people with liver disease such as fatty liver. What is more, twenty percent of Americans have fatty livers. This is the cause of Type 2 diabetes, according to the journal Hepatobiliary Surgery and Nutrition.
Sadly, if someone has non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, they aren’t immediately aware of it because NAFLD is somewhat of a silent epidemic that puts out a few “hint symptoms”-- that is, if you’re paying attention.
Maybe you just hit middle age, and suddenly the weight is creeping on. No matter how well you’ve begun to eat, or how much exercise you do. Frustratingly, you just can’t lose the weight.
Or maybe you’re losing your hair just a little more than usual, or your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar was high at your last doctors visit. Perhaps you’re one of those who crash mid-morning or afternoon, then get energized when it’s time to go to bed? These are the subtle signs of NAFLD or fatty liver.
The Liver Delivers
Your amazing liver works hard for you multi-tasking twenty-four/seven. It works as a storage house for B12, and other vitamins and minerals. Your liver is also a converter of fats into energy, and a neutralizer of toxins that it keeps out of your bloodstream and heart. It is also the gatekeeper of glucose to use as backup for your pancreas.
This isn’t an easy job because your liver keeps taking hits. Basically, if you’ve got a really high amount of fat coming into your diet, your liver is working overtime. This is happening because every time you eat a fatty food, your liver needs to produce more and more bile to spare your pancreas.
Seriously, your pancreas is one sorry organ without the help of your liver. An overburdened, unprotected pancreas is wide open for prediabetes and ultimately Type 2 diabetes. When the liver can’t act as a storage facility for the body holding vitamins and minerals and glucose to absorb and reabsorb and use – when it becomes overworked and slow, you have a fatty liver.
Now you’ve got this liver that can’t convert, it can’t take toxins like plastics or viruses or heavy metals or herbicides and pesticides or pharmaceuticals and convert them to make them safe, because it’s overburdened and run down. So it takes all this junk and it simply stores it away.
Know that your liver stores toxins to protect you, not to hurt you, even though this is what happens eventually. Once your liver gets stagnant and your body starts putting on weight and you become sluggish, it is pretty much a safe bet your liver is toxic. Incidentally, it's the liver’s other important job is to screen and filters your blood, which is pumped and drawn up into your heart. When the liver is toxic you will no doubt see a diagnosis of high blood pressure during this time.
You’ve got high cholesterol, high blood pressure, your sugar levels are slightly high and you’re putting on weight. Then you’re diagnosed with prediabetes. If this increase in blood sugar and the weight isn't controlled, prediabetes will likely become Type 2 diabetes.