Aka Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) or Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH)
It's a very common health issue so if you have been told you have or may have fatty liver, you are not alone!
The following issues make fatty liver more likely to develop:
Metabolic syndrome (high blood pressure, high blood sugar, belly fat)
Excessive fructose consumption (remember that fruit contains mostly fructose rather than glucose, but don't be afraid of eating fruit. Excessive fructose usually comes from high fructose corn syrup - so read those labels - it's hidden in everything!)
Fructose does not suppress hunger and leads to overconsumption of food
If you'd like to really dive in to this fructose issue, here is an excellent video on the effects of fructose on the liver.
Certain medications can make fatty liver develop more readily:
Calcium channel blockers
How to treat:
Weight loss, especially abdominal fat **Don’t lose more than 2 lbs per week because this will release toxins too quickly, leading to additional inflammation
Reduce blood sugar levels
Reduce cholesterol levels
Normalize insulin levels
*How to do all of the above? Start with diet. More veggies is always the answer :)
High fresh vegetables
Gluten free diet if indicated
Lower glycemic index
Initial avoidance and later possible light use of alcohol
Liver protectant herbs:
Silymarin (milk thistle)
Other liver lovers:
Balance cortisol/DHEA levels
Consider MTHFR genetic SNP testing
If you feel overwhelmed when reading all of these treatment options, not to worry.
The point is I want you to understand that there are a myriad of ways to heal oneself - without harmful drugs or drastic measures. Start with simple diet changes first, before reaching for any supplements! Eating more vegetables, rather than worrying about "what not to eat" is much easier on the brain.
-Dr. Laura Neville