Last week, I talked about Fatty Liver Disease because someone reached out to me about it. It dawned on me that many may not know what it is though it is EXTREMELY common. So here goes…
Fatty Liver and Fatty Liver Disease occur when the body begins to accumulate fat cells inside of the liver. One of the functions of he liver is to take the fat that is in the body, process it into various types of cholesterol, and package it so that the body can use that cholesterol for some vital function (believe me when I say that your body NEEDS cholesterol!) or packages it so that it can leave the body in your stool (poop… I’m talking poop). When there is a over-accumulation of fat, the liver can’t process it fast enough and will start to sequester it inside of the liver itself.
The Problem with Fatty Liver…
This is a problem with fatty liver is because the more fat that is accumulated in the liver, the more that can go wrong. First, it takes up space from the regular liver cells. This means that they can’t function as efficiently as they should.
The second problem, which causes more concern down the line, is that it can progress to something much worse. Unchecked, Fatty Liver can eventually progress to liver cirrhosis (hardening of the liver) which can lead to other complications like GI Bleeding, Mental Changes (brain pathology), Accumulation of fluids in the body (ascites), and liver cancer.
Fatty liver may or may not involve actual inflammation of the liver cells (inflammation makes the condition SO much worse!). It depends on the cause of the fatty liver and a few other factors.
Types and Causes of Fatty Liver
Fatty Liver and liver changes can be cause by drinking excess alcohol. This is the most known cause of liver cirrhosis. But there is a Non-Alcoholic version of the disease as well, that is called NonAlcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH). This is caused by all the things that lead to obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. So nutrient poor, highly processed, Western Diet, lack of exercise, toxicity, etc are all to blame for this condition
In order to differentiate between fatty liver and NASH/fatty liver disease, you’d have to undergo liver biopsy. This option only occurs when absolutely necessary though. You will usually have some pretty major symptoms for them to recommend a liver biopsy, it’s that uncommon to do in these situations.
The Treatment Is…
Although several drugs have been studied in the treatment of Fatty Liver and Fatty Liver Disease, there is little evidence that shows it slowing down the progression of the disease. You know what DOES help treat it? Diet, Exercise, Lifestyle changes, Weight Loss [Read more HERE]. Yup… research has proven that THESE are the things that are most effective in decreasing and eliminating the accumulation of fat in the liver. And if you have inflammation, these things will work along with focusing on an anti-inflammatory diet AND herbs that are good at decreasing inflammation.
Fatty liver and Fatty liver disease are very prevalent in our society. Even children are being diagnosed more and more with it because of highly processed diets and the lack of nutrients, water, and activity. This puts them at greater risk for complications as they age because they will have these problems longer.
We can take steps to correct this now though. Choosing a nutrient-filled diet, drinking lots of water, increasing your natural antioxidants, and moving the body all help in decreasing blood sugar spikes, insulin production, and weight gain.
Whether you choose to follow a Keto Diet, Mediterranean diet, Plant-based, Pescatarian, or some other diet making sure you are getting the most out of the food you eat is key to your liver’s health
If you would like to create a diet and herb regimen that will help you help your liver, Let’s Chat! Just CLICK HERE to book your FREE 15 minute consultation to talk about your concerns and how I might be able to help you reach your goals.