What is Fatty Liver?
Fatty liver is also known as NASH, which stands for Non- Alcoholic Steatorrhoeic Hepatosis or Non-Alcoholic-Fatty-Liver-Disease (NAFLD) but don’t be put off by these big terms – they just mean that your liver is being invaded with fat! Fatty liver or NASH, is very common in overweight persons, over the age of 30.
A fatty liver contains an excessive amount of fat and the normal healthy liver tissue is partly replaced with areas of unhealthy fats. In such a liver, the liver cells and the spaces in the liver are filled with fat so the liver becomes slightly enlarged and heavier. The liver has a yellow greasy appearance. There may be discomfort over the liver, which is situated in the right upper abdominal area. There may be gallstones composed of cholesterol and bile salts. It is often possible to see the excess fat in the liver in an ultrasound scan of the liver. There may also be elevation of the liver enzymes.
Liver dysfunction is very common and an increasing problem.
Note it is slightly enlarged and yellow in color and “shiny” or “greasy” in appearance because it is congested with fat.
|Severe Fatty Liver:|
This is a more severe degree of fatty liver and is more often due to incorrect diet, alcohol excess or obesity.
A healthy liver is much redder in color and has a uniform texture. If we cut the liver up into tiny slices and magnify it many millions of times you will see that it is full of spaces that are red-pink color because they are full of blood. The rows of liver cells form the walls of the spaces. As the blood flows through these spaces the liver cells remove the toxins, dead cells, micro-organisms and fat from the blood stream. Thus we call the liver the filter and cleanser of the blood stream. If the liver spaces and liver cells are full of fat, then the liver is not able to filter and cleanse the blood stream efficiently and the blood stream will become overloaded with toxins and fat. It is best to work on reversing this problem, as if left unchecked, poor liver function can lead to further problems such as autoimmune conditions and diabetes type 2.
How do you know if you have a fatty liver?
- You will probably be overweight, especially in the abdominal area
- You will find it very hard to lose weight
- You may have elevated cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood
- You may have Syndrome X
- You may have diabetes type 2
- You will be very tired
- You may have problems with your immune system
The consequences of a fatty liver
The healthy liver regulates fat metabolism and is the major fat-burning organ in the body. Indeed the healthy liver not only burns fat, it can pump excessive fat out of your body through the bile into the gut. Thus, if your liver is healthy you will not have much difficulty in controlling your weight. Conversely a liver which is fatty is doing the opposite of what it should be doing. A fatty liver is storing fat when it should be burning fat and removing excess fat from your body. Indeed a fatty liver becomes a warehouse for fat and if it is allowed to progress for many years, the liver may finally become just a “bag of fat” with dire consequences for your health and longevity.
How common is fatty liver?
In the USA the incidence of fatty liver is 15 to 20% of the general population and is much higher than this in obese individuals. Fatty liver is the most common cause of abnormal liver function tests in the USA. It can also occur in children.
Can you reverse a fatty liver?
Yes indeed you can and you will find inspiration in the testimonial from Dr Eanelli at confessionsofafatman.com. Conventional or orthodox medicine has no specific therapy or drug treatment to reverse a fatty liver. Indeed many drugs such as cholesterol lowering drugs can exert toxic effects on the liver cells.
The article in the journal Medicine Today encouraged a gradual reduction in weight, which has been shown to improve liver function and reverse liver damage. However, the authors warn against very rapid weight loss from fad diets or radical surgery, which may have a negative impact upon the progression of liver injury. The good news is that gradual weight reduction, with as little as a 5 to 10% loss of initial body weight over 6 months is recommended. In general the treatments discussed in the Medicine Today article were somewhat uninspiring and I am pleased to tell you that in reality there is much that can be done to reverse the condition of fatty liver.
So, fatty liver can be reversed but this can take some time, one to two years in some cases. If you are overweight and find it very difficult to lose the excess weight, it is important to look at all the factors relevant to your present weight and state of health.
Apart from diet and nutritional deficiencies, the most important factors are –
- Insulin resistance (Syndrome X)
- Liver Toxicity
- Leptin resistance
- Poly-pharmacy – some people find that taking more than 4 prescription drugs over a long time will cause them to put on weight. This is because the metabolism of drugs is done by the liver; thus there is less energy available in the liver to burn fat.
- Fatty Liver condition. The liver contains an excessive amount of fat and the normal healthy liver tissue is partly replaced with areas of unhealthy fats.
You may get a build-up of fat-soluble toxins (such as insecticides & pesticides), drug metabolites or waste products of metabolism in your fatty tissues and liver. This slows down the metabolism of the fatty parts of your body and also over-burdens your liver. This means that the liver burns fat less efficiently. Gentle and regular detoxification is very helpful when trying to lose weight. Drinking plenty of water, raw vegetable juices and Livatone formulas will help the detoxification process.
How long does it take to see results?
The liver has become a fat storage organ rather than a fat burning organ – so this situation must be reversed before actual weight loss can occur. Obviously this will depend on the extent of the fatty liver as to how long this will take. Also be prepared for the fact that you will more than likely hit a ‘plateau’ – where weight loss will stop or slow right down – this may go on for several weeks. Don’t be discouraged at this time – the fat loss is occurring – but is going from within your liver so you may not see any visible fat loss from the body – stick with it! It is at this time that people will tend to give up thinking that that’s it – they won’t lose any more – not true! You must be focused and patient – the symptoms you are experiencing have taken years to develop and cannot be reversed by a couple of weeks of “dieting”. Yo Yo dieting is not advisable, as the weight lost will return plus more and the metabolism will slow.
My doctors said there is nothing that can be done?
Many doctors still do not make the link between the traditional Western diet and fatty liver. Many simply brush over the condition, telling patients there is nothing that can be done and that it will simply be ‘monitored’. Meanwhile the condition gets worse and worse as the functional liver tissue slowly gets replaced by fat over the years. If left unchecked, a severe inflamed fatty liver can lead to scarring of the liver tissue (cirrhosis).
Is the doctor correct? Can nothing be done? The answer is a resounding ‘NO!”
Thankfully the liver is one of the most resilient organs in the body. It is capable of much self healing if given a chance.
My “enzymes” are raised; what does this mean?
The elevated liver enzyme results indicate that there is inflammation and damage to the liver cells and their membranes. Liver enzymes are normally contained within the liver cells, and only when the cells are damaged and/or inflamed, do the enzymes leak into the blood stream. This can occur due to a fatty liver, alcohol excess, some medications such as long term antibiotics, and pain killers, oral synthetic hormone replacement, viral infections of the liver such as hepatitis C and B, auto-immune hepatitis, hemochromatosis, primary biliary cirrhosis, exposure to toxic chemicals such as insecticides, pesticides, organic solvents and incorrect diet.
Luckily the liver cells are very resilient and with proper diet and supplements they will repair and the enzyme levels will slowly come down over time in the case of simple fatty liver. This may take some months. It is also not uncommon for the enzyme levels to fluctuate up and down before they decrease.
Recommended Fatty Liver treatment
The body needs to be provided with the correct nutrients required by the metabolic and detoxification pathways to effectively improve the liver function. This needs to be a combination of correct eating principles that should be followed generally as a way of life and the correct supplementation to give the liver what it needs and nothing that it doesn’t need, as these ‘extras’ will only weigh it down even more.
Fatty Liver Diet and Liver Cleansing Diet
- see Dr Sandra Cabot’s book titled “Fatty Liver – You can reverse it“.
- Reduce the consumption of refined carbohydrates from sugar and bread, pastry, pasta, noodles, cakes, biscuits and desserts. This will easily be achieved by following the ”Fatty Liver – You can reverse it” eating plan which reduces cravings for these foods.
- Increase the amount of vegetables both cooked and raw
- Use raw vegetable juices – see my book titled “Raw Juices Can Save Your Life”
- Avoid deep fried, fatty, and processed foods
- Avoid ALL margarines and similar type spreads containing hydrogenated vegetable oils.
- Avoid sugary processed foods and drinks
- Drink plenty of water each day.
- Avoid artificial sweeteners – see www.dorway.com
If you have a fatty liver, it is very beneficial to support your liver function -
Livatone Plus Capsules/Powder
A liver formula which contains a high dose of the herb Milk Thistle with a standardized concentration of the active ingredient silymarin. This also contains these additional supporting nutrients – sulfur containing amino acids, vitamins B, C and E, and the minerals selenium and zinc.
When you have a liver problem it is beneficial to take a formula that contains the proper dosage of the active ingredients. The herbs should be standardized and pure so you know that you are getting the correct dosage. The effective daily dose of the herb Milk Thistle provides 420mg of pure silymarin. If you take two capsules of “Livatone Plus” twice daily, or one teaspoon of the “LivatonePlus” powder twice daily you will obtain this dose of pure silymarin.
Increased consumption of fiber will speed up the passage of toxins out of the bowels and reduce the ability of these toxins to recirculate back to the liver. It will also assist the action of pumping fats and cholesterol out through the bowel actions. You can ensure you are getting enough fiber by taking a soluble fiber supplement. A good fiber product will contain soy fiber, rice bran, vegetable powders, slippery elm and peppermint and will gently alleviate any constipation symptoms while improving bowel tone and function. It can be added to soy, rice or oat milk, and fruit smoothies, or added in with your favorite breakfast cereal. Start on a small dose and gradually increase the amount. It is also important to drink at least 8 glasses of purified water every day and some people will need to drink up to 12 glasses daily. Water should be drunk gradually throughout the day, in-between meals.
Selenomune contains 200 mcg of organic selenium combined with high doses of other immune boosting minerals per capsule.
Supplements to support the function of insulin and glucose metabolism:
Glicemic Balance Capsules
A specific combination of the herbs gymnema and bitter melon, combined with the minerals chromium, zinc, selenium and lipoic acid, will help to support blood sugar and insulin metabolism. High levels of insulin are caused by insulin resistance which is also known as Syndrome X. Syndrome X is the most common cause of fatty liver
Synd X Slimming Protein Powder
A high quality whey protein concentrate with the extra amino acids taurine and glutamine along with the trace mineral chromium; this will assist with sugar cravings. Syndrome X Slimming Protein Powder may be added to breakfast cereals, used to make ‘smoothies’ or mixed with water or non sweetened milks such as soy, almond, oat or coconut. Synd X Slimming Protein Powder is sweetened with the natural herbal sweetener ‘stevia’ and may be enjoyed at any time of the day, giving an invaluable alternative to a high carbohydrate snack or meal.
Dr Cabot has known about the incredible healing power of raw juices from a very young age. Her grandmother’s life was saved by raw juicing back in the 1930s. Raw juices are an incredibly powerful healing tool and can improve the function of the liver, bowels and kidneys. This increases the elimination of toxins and waste products from the skin.
Appropriate juice recipes found in Dr Cabot’s Raw Juices Book.
Recommended juices are:
- ‘Liver Tonic Juice’ page 116
- ‘Liver Cleansing Juice’ page 116
- ‘Antibiotic juice’ p 45
- ‘Immune Dysfunction’ p103
- ‘Infections’ p105
Healthy Sweetener Guide
Sweeteners to avoid:
- Acesulfame-K (Sunette, Sweet & Safe, Sweet One)
Good sweeteners to Use:
- Stevia *
- Xylitol *
- Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) *
Recommended books for Fatty Liver
- Fatty Liver – You Can Reverse It A new book from Dr Sandra Cabot and Dr Thomas Eanelli explains how to reverse fatty liver and restore your health.
- Can’t Lose Weight? Unlock the secrets that KEEP you FAT
This book contains a 12-week metabolic weight loss plan to overcome the fat storing chemical imbalance of Syndrome X. This revolutionary new book is the only book that covers ALL THE HIDDEN CAUSES that stop you from losing weight, including fatty liver.
- See Dr Eanelli’s testimonial at confessionsofafatman.com
- The Liver Cleansing Diet Book explains the Twelve Vital principles to improve your liver function and explains natural therapies for your liver.
- Raw Juices Can Save Your Life Dr Cabot’s book contains carefully designed juices to help with common health problems such as-
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