Fatty Liver: Natural Tips to Restore Liver Health

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Is Your Liver Sluggish? Restore Its Health and Get Your Vitality Back:

You might think that a sluggish liver is something that only heavy drinkers or fans of fried food have to worry about. However, conditions like fatty liver are becoming increasingly common among people who don’t drink much alcohol at all. In fact, fatty liver affects up to 25 to 30 percent of us.  And its effects can be far-reaching.

 

Hepatic Steatosis

Let’s start with an important distinction. It is true that alcoholics are more prone to fatty liver, or hepatic steatosis. When a problem drinker has too much fat in their liver, it’s also called alcoholic fatty liver disease. Perhaps not surprisingly, in non-alcoholics this condition is called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

 

What exactly is a fatty liver?

A simple explanation is that it happens when fat accumulates in the liver. Your liver is an organ that metabolises the fat in your diet, and it's normal to have some fat in and around it. But excessive amounts can lead to inflammation. That can lead to scarring, and if left unchecked, cirrhosis, which carries many health risks. The end result can be eventual liver failure, which can be fatal. In fact, it’s the 12th most common cause of death in the U.S.

 

Of course, for most of us, the consequences of a fatty liver aren’t as severe. However, a fatty liver can take a big toll on your overall well being and energy levels.

 

Symptoms of Fatty Liver

 

Dull Ache Behind the Ribs

Have you ever felt a nagging pain in the upper right quadrant of your abdomen, the area just behind your lower rib cage? That can be a sign of liver problems. The pain is often felt as a dull ache, but can progress to include nausea or vomiting.

 

Chronic Fatigue

Here’s another question: Do you ever feel chronically tired? If you feel as if you can’t catch up on getting enough rest, or that you just don’t have the energy that you used to, you might want to investigate your liver function. After all, your liver is responsible for processing the nutrients from the food that you eat. When it’s not functioning properly, you could miss out on valuable sources of energy.

 

Because these symptoms can be easily dismissed, it’s important to see a qualified practitioner if you suspect a sluggish liver, as proper testing such as a blood test and sometimes ultrasound are necessary to diagnose the condition or put your mind at ease.

 

Causes of Fatty Liver

Alcoholism

The “classic” cause of liver problems is excessive drinking. However, more people who are experiencing fatty liver symptoms aren’t heavy drinkers at all.

Obesity

So, what’s to blame? In a word, obesity. That’s largely because obesity creates the kind of inflammation that leads to your liver storing fat. The connection between fatty liver and obesity isn’t a simple matter of how much you weigh. It’s also connected to where that body fat is stored. Fat that accumulates around your belly is more likely to signal liver issues.

 

High Sugar Diet

A diet high in sugar and simple carbohydrates can trigger liver issues as well. Although you may have thought that a high-fat diet would be the prime culprit, simple carbs are equally at risk for creating a fatty liver. That’s because a high-carb diet can lead to inflammation as well as creating conditions in your gut microbiota that promote fat absorption in the liver. In particular, drinking too many sweet drinks is a major cause of liver fat accumulation.

 

Treating Fatty Liver

 

Weight Loss

Studies have found that the most effective way to treat fatty liver is to lose weight. Even a small amount of weight loss can help reduce inflammation, improve fat metabolism and improve liver function.

 

Healthy Nutrition

A whole-foods, low-carb approach to dropping extra pounds is often effective. Strategies that have been found to help liver health include:

  • Consuming lots of fibre to improve elimination
  • Drinking antioxidant green tea
  • Choosing healthy monounsaturated fats, which are found in foods such as avocados, olive oil, and nuts
  • Adding plenty of nutritious and anti-inflammatory green vegetables such as broccoli
  • Choosing fish high in omega 3 fatty acids, such as salmon and sardines

 

At the same time, you should limit:

  • Alcohol
  • Sugar
  • Red meat
  • Refined white carbs such as white bread and white rice

 

Exercise

In addition, exercise can help lower the levels of fat in your liver. Interestingly, the benefits of exercise happen even if weight loss isn’t the end result.

 

Low-intensity cardio, high-intensity interval training, and strength training have all been proven to be effective. The most important thing is to be consistent with the activities you enjoy.

 

Supplements to Support Liver Metabolism

Several supplements show promise in treating fatty liver, including milk thistle and berberine. Discuss these with your Naturopathic/Functional Medicine doctor to make sure that they are right for you.

 

 

Your liver is amazingly resilient, in fact it is the only visceral organ in your body that is able to regenerate. A full liver can regenerate from as little as 25% of the original liver! Taking action to protect the health of your liver will help to protect your energy levels and prevent more serious health problems down the road.

 

If you have been diagnosed with Fatty Liver Disease or If would like to go over the lifestyle changes that can help prevent liver damage, Give us a call we can help.

 

 

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Fatty Liver: Natural Tips to Restore Liver Health

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Is Your Liver Sluggish? Restore Its Health and Get Your Vitality Back: You might think that a sluggish liver is something that only heavy drinkers or fans of fried food have to worry about. However, conditions like fatty liver are becoming increasingly common among people who don’t drink much alcohol at all. In fact, fatty liver affects up to 25 to 30 percent of us.  And its effects can be far-reaching.   Hepatic Steatosis Let’s start with an important distinction. It is true that alcoholics are more prone to fatty Read More …

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A Favorite Super Food From a protective standpoint, bananas are high in a variety of compounds, many of which are antioxidants. While blueberries, acai, and other fruits get more time in the antioxidant spotlight, bananas are especially loaded with these compounds, thereby helping to reduce premature aging of the body’s cells. Alpha linolenic acid, one of these compounds, demonstrates significant antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer activity. Alpha linolenic acid also boosts immune function and enhances blood circulation. Bananas are a great source of the super-protective compounds kaempferol and quercetin. These compounds Read More …

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Inflammation Is The Body’s Response To Injury And Disease Like when you have swelling and redness around a wound or twisted joint, or fever while your immune system battles an illness. In the short run, inflammation can be helpful. Howevever chronic inflammation has been linked to a range of conditions, and some evidence indicates lifestyle  – including what we eat – may contribute to inflammation. “The role of chronic inflammation in various diseases – obesity, Type 2 diabetes, arthritis, certain cancers – is fairly well-accepted in the scientific community,” says Whitney Linsenmeyer, an Read More …

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Reverse Sun Damage

Summer was fun while it lasted, but unfortunately you are now noticing the subtle aging effects the sun can have on your skin. Even with the use of sunscreens, it is hard to avoid UV exposure during the summer months. Winter is the perfect time to refresh your look with the many treatment choices designed to reverse the effects of sun damage.

chemical peels, micro-needling, dermabrasion and cosmetic Botox® and fillers.   Angela Evans, Plastic Surgery Nurse Practitioner and Licensed Esthetician, says “The combination of sun exposure and dry summer heat can leave skin with a dull finish and splotchy pigmentation as well as fine lines and wrinkles.”

Skin texture and pigment problems are underestimated when it comes to adding years to your appearance, and both can be improved upon through in-office procedures and nutrient supplementation.   Resurfacing the skin can be done by a micro -needling treatment or chemical peel, which strips away the superficial skin layers.

Micro- Needling or a medium depth peel offer the best results when it comes to making an impact on the fine lines and age spots, however these procedures have more down time. A series of lighter peels has the benefit of less down time, but more subtle results. Facials, microdermabrasion or light peels should be a part of routine skin care. However, they do less to impact wrinkles and splotchy pigmentation or age spots.

 

Go Bananas!

A Favorite Super Food

From a protective standpoint, bananas are high in a variety of compounds, many of which are antioxidants. While blueberries, acai, and other fruits get more time in the antioxidant spotlight, bananas are especially loaded with these compounds, thereby helping to reduce premature aging of the body’s cells. Alpha linolenic acid, one of these compounds, demonstrates significant antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer activity. Alpha linolenic acid also boosts immune function and enhances blood circulation.

Bananas are a great source of the super-protective compounds kaempferol and quercetin. These compounds have been extensively studied, and are known to protect cells, reduce inflammation, fight numerous types of tumors, protect nerves, enhance blood circulation, and reduce the risk of a number of diseases. So even as you are slicing bananas into your morning cereal, these compounds are ready to impart serious benefits to your overall health.

Bananas also contain high amounts of rutin, a compound that complements the activity of vitamin C, and helps to maintain strong, flexible blood vessels. Rutin also possesses antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.

As much as bananas are protective, they are also very significant mood food. They are excellent sources of the two important brain compounds dopamine and serotonin. Dopamine is the primary “reward” chemical in our bodies. When we do something and feel a sense of satisfaction, that satisfaction is the effect of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine helps to protect against some kinds of neuro-degneration, including Parkinson’s disease. Dopamine demonstrates numerous benefits for the brain, helps to strengthen the heart, and enhances circulation.

Serotonin, on the other hand, may be the best known of all brain chemicals. Serotonin is our so-called “feel good” neurotransmitter. Serotonin is absolutely essential for mood, and is the target of numerous antidepressant drugs. Some of these drugs work to increase serotonin production, while others help to maintain serotonin in the brain for longer periods of time. Of all its many known functions, serotonin is powerfully antidepressant.

And while many foods are loaded with beneficial compounds, bananas are one of the truly great foods. Rich in vitamins B 6 and A, bananas are the most popular fruit in America. Yet in addition to their great flavor and ease of use, they also demonstrate very significant health-imbuing properties. Often the first solid food of infants, bananas offer a great way to take in easy to digest nutrition, enhance digestive health, protect the body from a host of ills, and elevate mood. You could easily make the claim that in bananas, we have one of nature’s most perfect foods.

 

Original article by Chris Kilham. Chris Kilham is a medicine hunter who researches natural remedies all over the world, from the Amazon to Siberia. Chris advises herbal, cosmetic and pharmaceutical companies, is a regular guest on radio and TV programs worldwide, and is the author of fifteen books.

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Combating Chronic Inflammation

INFLAMMATION

Inflammation Is The Body’s Response To Injury And Disease

Like when you have swelling and redness around a wound or twisted joint, or fever while your immune system battles an illness. In the short run, inflammation can be helpful. Howevever chronic inflammation has been linked to a range of conditions, and some evidence indicates lifestyle  – including what we eat – may contribute to inflammation. “The role of chronic inflammation in various diseases – obesity, Type 2 diabetes, arthritis, certain cancers – is fairly well-accepted in the scientific community,” says Whitney Linsenmeyer, an assistant professor of nutrition at Saint Louis University and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “Naturally, people are looking towards dietary changes to reduce inflammation and promote overall health and immunity.”

 

Anti-Inflammatory Diets Help Heal The Body

Experts say eating patterns with the most science behind them, like the Mediterranean diet  and the DASH diet (the acronym stands for dietary approaches to stop hypertension), are your top choices for an anti-inflammatory diet. They include a broad range of proven-healthy foods you probably have been told to eat since you were young, which research indicates are also anti-inflammatory foods. Here are some anti-inflammatory foods:

Antioxidant-infused fruits and vegetables

  • Broccoli, kale, oranges, berries, and cherries
  • Red and orange peppers
  • Citrus fruits and winter squash
  • Green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, and collards.

Whole grains that are a great source of fiber

  • Oats, quinoa, brown rice and barley
  • Raspberries, apples, and broccoli
  • Beans and peas

Omega-3 fatty acids & Other Healthy Fats

  • Omega-3-packed fatty fish like salmon, tuna, sardines, mackerel and shellfish
  • Nuts (especially walnuts)
  • Plant oils like flaxseed oil and olive oil
  • Avocados
  • Herbs and Spices
  • Tumeric and ginger
  • Cinnamon, cumin, chili peppers, garlic, clove, rosemary, sage and oregano,

 

Sugar Causes Inflammation

The main food that people following an anti-inflammatory diet should avoid is sugar. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends limiting calories from added sugas to 12 teaspoons (for a 2,000 calorie diet) per day. By comparison, the average American consumes about 17 teaspoons of sugar daily, and many have much more than that. Additional foods that should be avoided include:

  • processed meats.
  • trans fats, found in fried foods.
  • white bread.
  • white pasta.
  • soybean oil and vegetable oil.
  • processed snack foods, such as chips and crackers.

 

Think “Balance and Consistency” When Comes to Fighting Inflammation

Having a glass of wine with dinner isn’t discouraged with diets like the Mediterranean. But drinking in excess can increase inflammation. (The U.S. Department of Agriculture dietary guidelines suggest having no more than one drink per day for women and two daily for men.) If you’re trying to reduce inflammation and improve your health through diet and lifestyle, you need to consider everything you eat and drink. Look at the big picture of your lifestyle.  Having a couple of salmon meals a week, and then smoking and taking in excess alcohol, be overweight and (not) eat any fruits and vegetables is Not going to reduce inflammation.