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.
The link between prediabetes and obesity is a common one according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine and highlights that physical activity is linked to prevention, as well as the treatment of prediabetes and diabetes in overweight and obese adults. That being said, diet is how to reverse fatty liver naturally. It is also instrumental in helping you to lose the weight too.
A study on the long-term prognosis of fatty liver and risk of chronic liver disease on death, published in the journal Gut, found that patients with NAFLD seemed to have the same life expectancy as the average normal population and the risk of progressing to end stage liver disease was smaller than male and female patients diagnosed with alcohol induced fatty liver disease who had a high risk of developing cirrhosis and premature death.
Conversely, growing evidence suggests there's a strong link between NAFLD and dangerous plaque inside the heart's arteries, according to a Harvard report.
Fatty Liver is Reversible
In setting out on how to reverse fatty liver naturally, the first thing to do is to lower the fat in your diet. This means eliminate dairy products and greatly reduce, or eliminate, animal protein, which also has an appreciable amount of fat. If you’re plant-based it’s important to cut back on nuts, nut butters, coconuts, avocado and coconut oil. Lowering your fat is an essential and important measure toward reversing fatty liver, because this gives the liver a much-needed break from having to produce bile, while allowing it to drop some fat.
Lemon water in the morning on an empty stomach as well as celery juice later in the morning on an empty stomach are excellent natural treatments for gently cleansing the liver. You may also add parsley and cucumber to the celery juice to speed up weight loss.
Maintaining a healthy plant-based diet such as a diet high in quality carbohydrates and low in fat, as well as working closely with your Naturopath, Holistic Nutrition Expert and practitioner, will help you to address nutritional deficiencies, get you better nourished, and will ultimately remove all symptoms of fatty liver.