How to Change Your Ways If You Are Diagnosed with Fatty Liver |

Added January 24, 2014, Under: Diets, Diseases, Exercise, How To

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Everyone has a small amount of fat in their liver but anything in excess of 5 to 10% of fat in the weight of your liver is definitely surplus, leading to liver disease and even serious health complications.  And contrary to public perception, liver disease is not always as a result of drinking alcohol.

The liver is usually the largest organ in your body, performing many functions. Either directly or indirectly, your liver accounts for growth, immunization, nutrition and reproduction. But a liver disease can disrupt any of these vital processes.

Both alcoholic and non alcoholic fatty liver disease can lead to serious problems including scar tissue in the liver, called cirrhosis. This can in time lead to liver cancer, liver damage and failure or worse. Fatty liver disease is becoming much more common with an estimated 20% of all adults having some form of this the condition. Even more worrying is that approximately 6 million children are at risk too – especially those of Asian and Hispanic origin.

And yet, If caught in its early or even mid stages, liver disease is reversible!

There are a number of reasons why you might develop fatty liver disease:

  • Alcoholism
  • Too much iron in your blood
  • Being overweight or obese, making it more likely that you will develop conditions such as diabetes or high cholesterol, both of which can also cause fatty liver disease
  • Your type of diet
  • Hepatitis C
  • Certain medications – in fact, taking regular small doses of painkillers is the leading cause of drug-induced liver disease and failure

A more rare reason is rapid weight loss.

Signs and symptoms of fatty liver disease

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The problem is that fatty liver disease often has no symptoms, particularly when it’s mild.

However, you may feel tired, or have pain and discomfort in the area on the right side of your body just under your ribs where your liver is situated. This pain is caused by the increase of fat in the liver, making it expand while stretching the sensitive membrane that covers your liver.

As the condition deteriorates, you can become aware of:

  • Headaches and/or dizziness
  • Dark urine
  • A swollen abdomen
  • Itchy skin
  • Nausea, vomiting and bringing up or passing blood
  • Bruising easily
  • Confusion or poor memory
  • Weakness and muscle wasting
  • The whites of your eyes and your skin taking on a yellow look

Top of the list for changing your ways is diet and lifestyle changes

  • Cutting out alcohol if this is the cause of your problem but cutting down, in any case, to preferably one drink per week.
  • Quitting smoking.
  • Losing weight steadily and slowly by a sensible diet and exercise until you reach your ideal weight.
  • Yes, plenty of exercise. Finding something you enjoy doing and then keep it up regularly.
  • Taking it easy on all medications – most are metabolized by the liver.
  • Getting enough minerals as these are essential to the liver detoxification process.
  • If you are diabetic, keeping it under control with normal glucose levels.
  • Drinking several glasses of pure filtered water daily.
  • Including plenty of organic, free range eggs in your diet which are loaded with brain enhancing fats and nutrients, and they also happen to be one of the best natural sources of the B vitamin choline. Choline helps the liver process fats.
  • Eliminating or reducing sugar, not forgetting that sugar is added to just about every processed food and in vast quantities to sodas and fruit drinks.
  • Eating good fats in moderation and never replacing full fat products such as dairy with low fat versions as the manufacturers usually change fat to sugar which is so much worse. There are four food fats that are good for your liver: extra virgin olive oil, organic coconut oil, butter (made from raw cream or from cows that are grass fed) and macadamia nut oil.
  • Developing a taste and a liking for plenty of fresh vegetables – preferably local and organically grown. Rocket, onion, cabbage, beets and carrots are especially helpful for improving liver health. Juicing fresh vegetables into a green smoothie is a good alternative. Apart from cabbage, other cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, bok choi, kale, arugula and collard greens are recommended foods when doing a liver detox. Be sure to eat at least one serving a day. Other liver detox greens include parsley, cilantro, endive, watercress and dandelion.
  • Avoiding harmful substances such as drugs, fast food and junk foods.

Homeopathic treatments and natural remedies

As well as the lifestyle changes needed to reverse fatty liver disease, your liver can also benefit from homeopathic treatment.

  • Milk thistle is well known as a detox for liver  along with turmeric and dandelion. You can take these in the form of supplements – try 50 milligrams of turmeric, 500 milligrams of dandelion extract, or 500 milligrams of milk thistle daily. You can also steep fresh dandelion roots into a boiling water to make a tea. For a detox, drink 1 cup of dandelion tea prepared with 1 to 2 tea bags, 3 times a day for up to 4 to 6 weeks.
  • Drink 1/2 lemon squeezed into warm water first thing in the morning before eating and drinking anything else.
  • 15-30 minutes later treat yourself to a glass of fresh grapefruit juice, half a grapefruit cut into segments or make a fresh juice of either beet root, carrot, celery, kiwi fruit and ginger or baby spinach, cucumber and lemon.
  • One way to help restore your liver is to include some liver in your diet – for example a small helping of organic lambs liver.
  • Desiccated liver tablets are an alternative.
  • A tablespoon or two of organic apple cider vinegar in a glass of water drunk every day helps to break down fats so that your body can use them rather than store them and can also help to reduce levels of glucose.

Never put yourself and your health at risk by letting your condition get worse

If your condition worsens (for example because you don’t lose weight, change your diet or exercise), you will continue to feel more and more tired and nauseous.

Symptoms of advanced liver disease mean  jaundice, itchy skin, painful fluid buildup in your legs and arms and skin bruises before your liver eventually shuts down.



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