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A Fatty Liver Diet Plan For The Treatment Of Fatty Liver Disease

A fatty liver diet plan can be the difference in a liver patient’s ability to successfully ward off and reverse non alcoholic fatty liver disease. A diet plan for fatty liver should focus on more than just treating fatty liver symptoms. By taking a holistic approach, the right foods can not only improve liver health, but also the overall health of your entire body.

Research suggests the liver performs anywhere from 200-500 (maybe more) functions in the human body. It is a large organ situated just below the ribs to the right side. It rests in the space below the lungs and above the kidneys. It’s critical to survival and without it, a human cannot survive.

Just a few critical liver functions include:

  • The production of bile which is used in the digestion and absorption of fats.
  • Nutrient processing and the formation of chemicals such as albumin, blood clotting chemicals, bile, and urea.
  • Removing toxins and dead cells from the bloodstream.
  • Building proteins which are used to build tissues throughout the body.
  • The breakdown and removal of cholesterol.
  • Blood-sugar regulation throughout the body.

Location of the liverPerhaps more than any other organ in the body, the liver is constantly under attack from chemicals, toxins, and other foreign bodies because everything you consume, good or bad, filters through the liver before being transported to other areas of the body in the bloodstream. Maintaining a healthy liver is key to maintaining the health of the rest of your body.

The human body is amazing at healing itself, but the liver is not invincible…

Fatty liver disease (FLD) is a general term describing a wide variety of liver ailments ranging from simple fatty liver to liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. It all begins when triglyceride fat builds up in the liver and comprises more than 5-10% of the liver by weight. This is referred to as simple steatosis or fatty liver.

The process occurs when fat accumulates in and around the liver cells (hepatocytes). This results in an enlarged liver that often becomes heavier over time. When it becomes too large and heavy, some fatty liver disease patients will experience abdominal pain and/or a feeling of being “stuffed” in their lower torso area on the right side of the body.

Simple fatty liver is largely an asymptomatic condition and does little to affect the health of an individual. However, this also means it is often not diagnosed until it advances to a more serious condition such as non alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), cirrhosis of the liver (liver scarring), or worse.

At this point, fatty liver symptoms may include things like weakness and general fatigue, nausea, anorexia, confusion, abdominal pain, and jaundice. Other fatty liver disease symptoms may include lower back and torso pain, lack of appetite, fluid retention, intestinal bleeding, and muscle wasting.

When liver damage occurs, a person will often have elevated liver enzymes in their bloodstream such as alanine transaminase (ALT) and aspartate aminotransferase (AST) that leak out from damaged hepatocytes. Finding elevated amounts of these enzymes in the bloodstream is often the first sign something has gone wrong in the liver. However, elevated ALT and AST doesn’t always correspond to liver damage because greater amounts can also be caused by things like muscle damage.

Symptoms of fatty liver are closely tied to and made worse by obesity, diabetes, and insulin resistance. In “The Fatty Liver Bible And Ezra Protocol” Debra Elkin states, “95% of NASH patients are obese and 55% have a condition called diabetes mellitus type 2.”

Given the strong link between obesity and fatty liver disease, it is important for FLD patients to control their weight through successful programs like “The Fat Loss Factor” and “Paleo Burn”. Both have given fatty liver patients the ability to reduce weight without starving the body of nutrition or going through extreme workout regimes that aren’t realistic for the average person.

Fatty liver disease is not curable, but can be slowed and reversed if caught early enough, and patients can live a long, healthy life. Unfortunately, it also has the potential to become fatal if it progresses to liver cirrhosis or liver cancer. Under these circumstances, a liver transplant may be the only treatment option available to fatty liver disease patients.

The good news is a fatty liver diet plan combined with proper exercise can often be an effective fatty liver treatment for lowering elevated liver enzymes and healing a fatty liver. Along with a fatty liver diet, other fatty liver disease treatments such as vitamin C and E, Epsom salts, milk thistle, and a variety of different drugs have also gained popularity in some medical circles. For most liver patients, dietary and lifestyle changes are still the most promising out of all fatty liver remedies.

A diet for fatty liver should always follow a few key principles like those outlined in Debra Elkin’s, “The Fatty Liver Bible And Ezra Protocol” and Dorothy Spencer’s, “Fatty Liver Diet Guide”. These guides are important resources for fatty liver patients who want to control and prevent a simple fatty liver from progressing to a more serious, life-threatening condition.

A few tips to keep in mind when developing a fatty liver disease diet plan are:

  • Focus on foods high in complex carbohydrates such as brown rice and whole grains, but try to avoid wheat because it contains phytic acid which can keep some minerals from being absorbed and because it contains gluten which can damage the small intestine.
  • Reduce your consumption of refined and simple carbohydrates like those found in sugar, white bread, egg noodles, cakes, and many desserts.
  • Eat plenty of servings of fruits and vegetables every single day. These can be taken as raw vegetable juices which can be extremely healthy for the liver. Not all fruits and vegetables are created equal and things like oranges and grapefruits are better for fatty liver patients than fruits containing high levels of fructose such as dates, raisins, and figs.
  • Keep away from deep fried, fatty, and processed foods. Processed meats such as sausage and hot dogs are some of the worst if you suffer from fatty liver disease.
  • Dairy products should be consumed sparingly. Try organic yogurts and ricotta and/or cottage cheese. Soy and rice milks are better than whole or 2% milks.
  • Avoid saturated fats like those found in margarine and fatty condiments like salad dressing.
  • Sugary fruit juices, energy drinks, coffee, and alcohol should all be avoided or used sparingly. If you suffer from alcoholic fatty liver disease, then all alcohol should be avoided.
  • Focus on lean white meats such as chicken or turkey instead of beef or pork. Free range meats are best as they don’t contain harmful steroids, growth hormones, and other antibiotics.
  • Consume eggs sparingly as they often contain hormones that can negatively impact the liver.
  • Consume plenty of fiber as part of a fatty liver disease diet to maintain a healthy digestive and endocrine system.
  • Drink plenty of water. 2 liters per day or more is recommended.

An excellent breakdown of foods for fatty liver can be found in the “Fatty Liver Bible And Ezra Protocol”, and the “Fatty Liver Diet Guide” contains actual fatty liver diet plans and fatty liver diet recipes to help you lose weight gradually and reverse a fatty liver. These resources continue to be a blessing for people suffering from both alcoholic and non alcoholic fatty liver disease and liver cirrhosis.

Fatty Liver And Obesity – Cause For Concern If You’re Overweight?

fatty liver and obesityThe terms fatty liver and fatty liver disease (FLD) are often used interchangeably. However, technically speaking, fatty liver disease is a broad term that describes many different liver conditions including fatty liver (steatosis), non alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), and cirrhosis.

What Is A Fatty Liver?

Fatty liver refers to the accumulation of fat in the liver. A healthy liver breaks down fats in the body. However, when certain conditions persist, more fat moves into the liver than out of it and a fatty liver occurs. Over time, fatty liver can become a silent killer.

To help fight the disease and promote weight loss, Dr. Charles Livingston of Fishers, Indiana designed the Fat Loss Factor to help heal your liver so it can burn body fat the way it’s designed to, all while allowing you to keep eating most of the foods you love.

As fatty infiltration of the liver worsens, NASH develops which refers to a fatty liver that causes inflammation. Over time, chronic inflammation leads to liver scarring which is largely irreversible and is known as liver cirrhosis. Eventually liver cancer can develop, resulting in complete liver failure and death.

FLD is generally broken down into two types: non alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and alcoholic fatty liver disease (AFL). The principle difference is NAFLD is caused by factors unrelated to alcohol. Excessive alcohol consumption is the sole cause of AFL.

NAFLD is the most common liver disease in the United States, affecting nearly 30 million people. Approximately 25% of the world’s population is also affected by the disease. It is believed that over 6 million Americans have a fatty liver that has advanced at least as far as NASH (fatty liver with inflammation). If that isn’t scary enough, the disease is also showing up more and more often in children. Read the rest of this entry

Fatty Liver Treatment – Exploring Diet And Alternative Fatty Liver Remedies

Obese ManFatty liver treatment is a topic of much controversy. Although it is commonly accepted there is no “cure” for fatty liver disease, medical experts agree the condition can be reversed and a fatty or enlarged liver can be reduced through proper treatment options.

However, at the center of the debate is which remedy is best for treating a fatty liver.

Fatty liver is often referred to as an asymptomatic disease and is extremely common in people who are overweight and over the age of 30. Most people don’t know they have it because they experience few, if any, symptoms until the condition worsens.

Keep in mind, being silent and asymptomatic does not mean the disease can’t be deadly. If left unmonitored and untreated a fatty liver can turn into cirrhosis, liver cancer, and eventually complete liver failure.

A normal, healthy liver is reddish in color and has a uniform texture. However, as triglyceride fats start to accumulate in the liver, the liver becomes larger, heavier, and begins to take on a more yellowish, greasy appearance.

Spaces within the liver through which blood is generally filtered start to fill up with fat and the liver can no longer perform its filtering functions efficiently. Fats and toxins can no longer be removed from the bloodstream in an effective manner, resulting in poor liver function that can lead to a host of other problems such as type 2 diabetes (diabetes mellitus).

In short, a fatty liver stores fat when it should be burning fat and removing it from the body. This makes it extremely hard for a person with fatty liver disease to lose weight and get healthy. With potentially serious consequences, it is extremely important for a person with fatty liver to start treating, regulating, and monitoring the condition as soon as possible.

So what fatty liver treatment options are available for reducing an enlarged liver? Read the rest of this entry

What Is The Best Fatty Liver Diet For People With Fatty Liver Disease?

fatty liver diet guideWhat is the best fatty liver diet? If you’ve been diagnosed with or suspect you may have fatty liver disease, then one of your first questions might be, “What foods should I eat to maintain healthy liver function?”

The easiest and most accurate response to that question is, “It depends”. Finding an all-in-one solution when it comes to a fatty liver diet plan is virtually impossible. There are too many factors at play and the best diet will depend on the underlying causes of fatty liver.

For example, the best fatty liver diet for someone with diabetes may differ from the best plan for someone without diabetes. Other questions that must be considered include:

  • What is the patient’s age?
  • What stage of the disease is present? (Fatty liver disease progresses through four stages from simple steatosis to Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis or NASH)
  • Is the cause alcoholic or non-alcoholic?
  • Are obesity and other conditions present in the patient?

With that being said, all cases of fatty liver disease do have some similarities when it comes to diet and nutrition.

First, understand fatty liver disease can’t be “cured”. It can merely be regulated and kept from progressing through a balanced, healthy diet. In some cases, the condition will even reverse or improve, but it is never “cured” in the sense of completely going away.

A healthy, balanced diet is absolutely critical if you want to reverse and improve fatty liver disease. The liver is a critical organ in the body because everything you ingest, whether good or bad, goes through the liver. When you eat a poor diet, you constantly leave your liver under attack.

Vitamins and minerals should be an important part of any fatty liver diet plan because they are needed for metabolism, growth, development, and as catalysts in energy production from fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.

They also play roles in creating hormones and red blood cells. However, not all vitamins and minerals are healthy for people with fatty liver if taken in excess. Read the rest of this entry