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5 Ways to Reverse a Fatty Liver

Fatty liver occurs when excess fat accumulates inside liver cells.  This means normal, healthy liver tissue becomes partly replaced with fatty tissue. The fat starts to invade the liver, gradually infiltrating the healthy liver areas, so that less and less healthy liver tissue remains. The fatty liver has a yellow greasy appearance and is often enlarged and swollen with fat.

Fatty liver is now recognised as the most common cause of abnormal liver function test results in the USA, UK and Australia. Around one in five people in the general population, in the USA and Australia has a fatty liver.  Fatty liver is usually associated with abdominal obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.  If severe, it can eventually lead to cirrhosis and liver failure.

How would you know if you have a fatty liver?

Many people with a fatty liver are unaware that they even have a liver problem, as the symptoms can be vague and non-specific, especially in the early stages. Most people with a fatty liver feel generally unwell, and find they are becoming increasingly fatigued and overweight for no apparent reason.

Possible symptoms of fatty liver include:

  • Weight excess in the abdominal area
  • Elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Gallstones
  • Overheating of the body
  • Excessive sweating
  • Red itchy eyes

Fatty liver is diagnosed with a blood test and liver ultrasound.

Luckily fatty liver is reversible.  Here are 5 ways to achieve this:

Eat less carbohydrate
Poor diet is the leading cause of fatty liver disease.  The biggest offenders are sugar and foods made of white flour; they need to be avoided completely.  However, a high intake of carbohydrate rich foods in general can promote fatty liver, as the liver converts excess carbohydrate into fat.  Foods that need to be restricted include bread, pasta, rice, breakfast cereals, potatoes and any food made of flour.  See our syndrome X book  or Diabetes Type 2 – You can Reverse it Naturally for a low carbohydrate eating plan.

Drink less alcohol
Excess alcohol consumption is the second biggest cause of fatty liver.  Alcohol can cause inflammation and damage to liver cells, resulting in fatty infiltration.  People with a fatty liver should limit alcohol consumption to one drink per day, with at least two alcohol free days per week.

Eat more vegetables, protein and the right fats
Raw vegetables and fruits are the most powerful liver healing foods. These raw foods help to cleanse and repair the liver filter, so that it can trap and remove more fat and toxins from the bloodstream. Eat an abundance of vegetables (cooked and raw salads).  Fruit is healthy for most people, but if you have high blood sugar or insulin resistance, it’s best to limit fruit to 2 servings per day. Protein is important because it helps to keep the blood sugar level stable, helps with weight loss from the abdomen and reduces hunger and cravings.  Protein should be consumed with each meal.  Good sources of protein include eggs, poultry, seafood, meat, nuts, seeds, whey protein powder, legumes and dairy products.

Most vegetable oil and margarines can worsen a fatty liver.  Healthy fats to include more of in your diet are found in olive oil, oily fish, flaxseeds, coconut oil and raw nuts and seeds.

Drink raw vegetable juices
Raw juices are an excellent source of highly concentrated vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.  Your juice should be comprised of 80 to 100 percent vegetables, with the remainder comprised of fruit.  Do not drink fruit juice; it is too high in carbohydrate and calories.  Our book Raw Juices can Save your Life contains numerous raw juice recipes.

Take a good liver tonic
Choose a liver tonic that combines the clinically proven dose of St Mary’s thistle with B group vitamins, antioxidants and sulfur rich amino acids.  A good liver tonic can promote repair of damaged liver cells and facilitate the fat burning and detoxification abilities of the liver.  Livatone Plus contains all of those ingredients and is available in powder or capsule form.

 

The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.

 

47 comments

  1. Hello,
    I have fatty liver my age 24 year, Height 5′-10″ and Weight 80 kg.
    I am troubled due to pain at my back side body (Right side ) please advise me what i do.
    This issue was occurred 8 month ago when i got ultrasound.

    • Hi Azam,

      Liver congestion increases inflammation and may lead to pain in other parts of the body.

      Dr Cabot has written ‘Fatty Liver: You Can Reverse It’ which has an easy to follow dietary plan to reverse it and lower inflammation.

      Dr Cabot recommends

      Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily to improve liver function

      NAC 2 caps twice daily, at least 2 hours away from food, but if this causes discomfort you can have it with food. NAC works well with Livatone Plus to get the liver better faster and hasten liver healing.

      Please read this article: https://www.liverdoctor.com/what-should-you-eat-if-you-have-fatty-liver/

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  2. My GGT is 99, am 37 normal weight, belly bigger than normal. I don’t drink alcohol, and am non smoker.
    I need to know about a few things in food if you can advise please.
    Cream
    Water
    Lamb/sheep
    Eggs
    Brown or white flour
    Fish
    Spices
    Milk/Tea

    Thank you

    • Hi Sam,

      Dr Cabot recommends

      Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily to improve liver function

      NAC caps 2 twice daily at least 2 hours away from food as this works well with Livatone Plus to hasten liver healing

      These supplements can be purchased here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com

      I recommend you follow the eating principles in Dr Cabot’s book: ‘Fatty Liver: You Can Reverse It’.

      When trying to reverse a fatty liver Dr Cabot recommends you avoid sugar, grains, processed foods and high fructose corn syrup.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant at Liverdoctor.com

      • Hi, eggs, vegetables and fresh fruits are said to be good for fatty liver but eggs are said to be with high cholesterol, and most fruits and vegetables have fructose.
        Is this not contradictory?

        • Hi Sam,

          Eggs contain good quality protein and are a great source of omega-3 fats. Most people don’t need to worry about eggs and their cholesterol as eggs have almost no effect on our blood cholesterol levels. You can eat up to 6 eggs each week.

          Fruits and vegetables do contain fructose, although vegetables contain a smaller amount. Most people get too much fructose from hidden sources such as processed foods and soft drinks.
          Fruits and vegetables need to be included as part of a balanced diet.

          Kind Regards,
          Jessah Robinson
          Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  3. With fatty liver:
    Sugar cane juice can help?
    Eating eggs and rice is ok?

    • Hi Shah,

      Dr Cabot recommends you avoid all sugar when trying to reverse a fatty liver.
      Eggs are good, and brown rice is one of the better grains to eat, but to speed up the reversal of a fatty liver Dr Cabot recommends you avoid all grains.
      I recommend you follow the eating principles in Dr Cabot’s book: ‘Fatty Liver: You Can Reverse It’.
      Dr Cabot suggests you take:
      Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily to improve liver function and NAC 2 caps twice daily as this works well with Livatone Plus to hasten liver healing.
      Here’s the link to our shop at Liverdoctor: https://shop.liverdoctor.com

      Kind Regards
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant at Liverdoctor.com

      • What’s should be roughly a normal time period to reverse the fatty liver by following the diet plan, prescribed capsules with some exercise? For example a fatty liver like mine which is about 100.
        Thanks

        • Hi Shah,

          It could take anywhere from 6 months to a year to reverse.
          I recommend you get a liver function test after 6 months.

          Kind Regards,
          Jessah Robinson
          Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  4. I am 37, male, non-alcoholic, non-smoker, 5’7″, 65kg. Stomach larger than normal. No exercise in routine.
    All tests clear like diabetes, ALT, Bilirubin, AST, ALK. Only one thing which is higher than normal is GGT which is 100.
    1. What about eating milk-cream in breakfast.
    2. Drinking water and tea 2-3 times a day? (I was reading somewhere that liquids including water is not good for fatty liver).
    3. Will 2-3 miles walk a day and diet control help?
    4. Will you recommend any further tests?
    Thank you

    • Hi Shah,

      We recommend you read this article about Liver Function Tests: https://www.liverdoctor.com/liver-function-tests/

      Dr Cabot recommends you follow the eating principles in Dr Cabot’s book: ‘Fatty Liver: You Can Reverse It’.

      A change in diet is important in the reversal of fatty liver and exercise will help speed up the reversal.

      Dr Cabot recommends

      Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily to improve liver function and NAC caps 2 twice daily at least 2 hours away from food as it works well with Livatone Plus to hasten liver healing.

      When reducing fatty liver Dr Cabot recommends reducing or eliminating high fructose corn syrup, sugar and all processed foods.

      Have you had an ultrasound scan of your liver?

      Kind regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant at Liverdoctor.com

      • No, haven’t done any ultrasound yet. Will you advise it?
        I was inspected by a doctor yesterday, he advised to avoid meat, fried things and sugar. He said to take vegetables and fresh fruits in food. He prescribed Heptocam Caps. I will try to find the caps you advised if they were available in my country. Thanks

  5. What about almond butter?

    • Hi Don,

      Yes, almond butter is fine.
      Almond butter is a good replacement for peanut butter and a good source of healthy fats.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant

  6. I have had fatty liver since about 24 and I am now 55. I am over weight. I don’t have hanging fat just big for my 5.6 frame and weigh 280 lbs. had an ultrasound about six months ago and no tumors just fat. I have bad knees and take meds regularly. I may drink once a month if that. I was told I have NAFLD. I am going to try not to take any more meds and won’t drink. Being with family and all the food naturally all the wrong food that I ate. I am now so bloated and uncomfortable. I need a change now !! I have not been eating right and find it very difficult to excersize because I get tired so fast. I did do a liver clense and tried to eat right however did not follow thru. I do realize that if I don’t do something now it may be to late down the road. I need an extreme program please. My wife will be helping so I have much support to prepare the right foods and drinks. I always had a strong will with everything but my eating and sweets. This is my main priority now. I need a good liver clense, diet to follow and the right supplements to maintain reversing this problem.

    • Dear Thomas,

      I recommend you follow the eating guidelines in our book: ‘Fatty Liver: You Can Reverse It’.
      You need to take Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily to enhance liver function, promote weight loss and boost metabolism.
      You should also take NAC 2 caps twice daily to for optimal liver function.
      These can be purchased from http://www.liverdoctor.com.
      You need to eliminate grains and sugar from your diet, with these changes your energy will improve for exercise.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant

    • Hey, the only cure for fatty liver is exercise. No amount of cleanses will work for fatty liver if you remain sedentary. Try resistance training in the gym, it’s easier than cardio and running on the threadmill. It will heal your fatty liver. Start weight lifting gradually. The only guaranteed solution to reverse fatty liver is to keep working out regularly. I did have fatty liver & my doctor said don’t worry, all you have to do is exercise regularly. I started resistance training regularly (very little cardio) and within a month my fatty liver disappeared. When you lift weights, your liver converts and releases your stored fat as you need energy to repair the broken muscle tissues. That’s how it reverses your fatty liver.

      • Hi Jordy,

        Although exercise is important in the reversal of a fatty liver, it is also essential to follow the correct diet.

        Kind Regards,
        Jessah Robinson
        Nutritional Consultant at Liverdoctor.com

      • Hi Jody

        Is this true? That resistance training is better to reverse fatty liver? What sorts of exercises is considered resistant?

        Thanks Julianne

    • Mate get some photos of what will happen if you do not change look at them and imagine the outcome
      I used this to stop smoking and rid myself of diabetes and a fatty liver

  7. Hello. Jessah. Does livertone include milk Thistle? I have fatty liver, described about three years ago as 15%, hypothyroidism, a medium sized gall stone and very bad diverticulosis.. When taking milk thistle I experience bright yellow motions which is very offputting. I am at a loss as to which of my problems to cater to, as what might work for one might aggravate another. But the fatty liver is a problem because of the gallstone. Thanks for any help.

    • Hi Cesca,

      All of Dr Cabot’s liver formulations have milk thistle as the main ingredient because it is the best herb for liver repair and healing.

      To assist your body heal from all of your conditions I am going to recommend a different course of action.

      Dr Cabot has written the book ‘I Can’t Lose Weight and I Don’t Know Why’ and it is recommended for you because the 12-week program it contains is the best we can offer you to cover all the concerns, if you don’t have any weight concerns it is still a very beneficial way to heal the body.

      Dr Cabot also recommends you begin taking

      Livatone Plus – 2 capsules twice daily, to improve liver function.

      N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC 600mg) – 2 capsules twice daily well away from food, if any upset occurs take at the beginning of your meals. This supplement works well with Livatone Plus to get your liver better faster. This supplement hastens liver healing. This supplement is the precursor nutrient of glutathione; the body’s strongest anti-oxidant.

      Thyroid Health Capsules – 1 capsule twice daily.

      Glutamine Powder – 1 teaspoon in water twice daily to calm, soothe, and heal your gut lining and resolve diverticulitis in conjunction with an anti-inflammatory diet (the one in the book).

      You may purchase these supplements and bookat http://shop.liverdoctor.com/supplements.html

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant

  8. Hi jessah.
    More Information provided is for better understanding purpose only and not my intention to put you in trouble reading. I hope you read all the info provided and help me in curing this disease.

    I am a occasional drinker and smokes 3 cigarettes previously for 5 years. Now I have stopped drinking and smoking.
    Due to my psoriatic skin condition I have used meythotrexate 2.5 mg for 2 years continuously. Next 3 years I have used it partially, only when I feel my skin condition is bad. And now for the past one year I have totally discontinued methotrexate and started using only iron, b12, folic acid, omega 3, antihistamines tablets for the past 2 months. My skin condition got improved well but parallely I had faced the issue with palpitations, anxiety,bp, nausea,
    Stomach pain,dizziness.breath problem, chest pain.
    So I have decided myself to go for master health checkup so here are the lab reports
    Alt: 39 u/L (normal <45)
    Ast: 26 u/L (normal <35)
    Alp: 142 u/L(normal<129)
    Triglycerides: 99 mg\dl
    Ggtp: 14 u/L (normal <55)
    Hbalc : 3.6 % (normal 4-6)

    Ultra sound report of Whole abdomen:
    Grade 1 fatty lever and lever measures 13.3cm and shows inform increase in echogenicity with no evidence of focal pathology.intra and extra hepatic biliary passages are not dilated.
    Gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidney are normal.

    So finally as of my knowledge I came to know that my symptoms are due to lever fatty grade 1.
    So I have discontinued all the tablets I have used before but still I was facing issue with nausea, palpitations, anxiety,Stomach pain,dizziness.breath problem, chest pain after taking food and not started any medications under doctors supervision.

    Please clarify me below points
    A. Will my condition gets worsen day by day if I left untreated with medications?
    1. Is this dangerous if untreated medically?
    2. Diet change or medications is the only way to cure?
    3. Can it be cured only with diet change with out medications ? If yes how many days it takes to cure?
    4. If the disease get worse how to know and when to go for diagnosis again?
    5. What are next stage symptoms?
    6. Suggest me what is the condition I am in now and what I need to follow for my disease to be cured

    • Dear Babu,

      Please see responses below:

      A. Will my condition gets worsen day by day if I left untreated with medications? Yes probably.
      1. Is this dangerous if untreated medically? In some people fatty liver can progress to a severe form that results in cirrhosis of the liver.
      2. Diet change or medications is the only way to cure? Both would help you.
      3. Can it be cured only with diet change with out medications ? If yes how many days it takes to cure? It usually takes 3 to 6 months to cure mild fatty liver. The medication (Livatone Plus) will speed up results and should reduce the unpleasant symptoms you are experiencing.
      4. If the disease get worse how to know and when to go for diagnosis again? You would know it’s getting worse if you are feeling worse or gaining weight.
      5. What are next stage symptoms? Symptoms vary greatly. Some people have a severe fatty liver with no symptoms at all.
      6. Suggest me what is the condition I am in now and what I need to follow for my disease to be cured This is what you need to do: https://www.liverdoctor.com/liver/fatty-liver/

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Sales & Nutrition Consultant

  9. This article is good for the layman to follow and you are very helpful that you replied the questions, impressive. please continue the other health tips.

  10. You mention NAC tablets, just what exactly is that? Just want to make sure I’m on the same page!!!

  11. Hello, all is right. But you missed one thing : little detail, fruits contain high amounts of fructose which most of it is immediately turned into fat by the liver (same metabolic pathway as alcohol) thus fruits in high quantities should be avoided.

  12. Hello, my brother has Wilson Disease ,and now they diagnosis fatty liver ,he can’t eat nuts or some other food with the copper ,can you please advice him .Best Regards

    • Dear Maryam,

      Zinc helps to reduce copper levels in the body, so most people with Wilson disease take a zinc supplement. Between 30 and 50mg daily is helpful for most people. Your brother should discuss the dose that’s right for him with his doctor.
      The recommendations here should still help your brother: https://www.liverdoctor.com/liver/fatty-liver/ Eliminating sugar is the most important diet strategy for resolving fatty liver.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Sales & Nutrition Consultant

  13. How long does it take to start reversing fatty liver

    • Dear Marlene,

      It does depend on whether you have a mild, moderate or severe fatty liver.
      If you follow the eating principles in our book: ‘Fatty Liver You Can Reverse It’, your liver function could be normal after 6 months.
      To totally reverse the cellular physical damage in the liver it may take several years depending upon the degree of fatty liver that you have.
      However, you will start to feel a lot better within 8 to 12 weeks if you follow the program in the book properly.
      This book is available on http://www.liverdoctor.com.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah

  14. Good morning am writing from Nigeria, l fatty Liver for a year and six months now, my stomach is getting big every day pls what will l do.

    • Dear Belinda,

      You need to eliminate grains, refined foods, sugar and processed foods from your diet.
      Focus on eating good protein sources, good fats and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
      For more information read our book: ‘Fatty Liver: You Can Reverse It’.
      You should take Livatone Plus 2 caps daily and NAC 2 caps twice daily.
      These are all available from amazon. Search under Cabot Health.
      Raw juicing is excellent also. For more information see our book: ‘Raw Juices Can Save Your Life’.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah

  15. I just found out that I have nafld. I am 72 yrs old….walk 3 to 4 miles daily and swim 3 days a week. I was confused about it because the things I’m supposed to do are exercise and lose weight. I eat relatively healthy and maybe could lose 5 lbs or so. What I did just read is that it might be because I am hypothyroid and on levothyroxine. Does that mean I can’t do anything about it?

    • Dear Cathy,

      You can most definitely do something about it.
      It sounds like in your case it is only a mild fatty liver, as NAFLD also goes by the name fatty liver.
      You need to follow a low carb diet and eat plenty of good protein, good fats and fresh fruits and vegetables.
      Raw juicing is also excellent.
      I recommend you take Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily and NAC 2 caps twice daily.
      It’s excellent that you already exercise, so with these dietary changes you can easily reverse it.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah

  16. I have a bad habit of eating white flour daily. I’ve continued this for about a year now. I have terrible stomach pains. My stomach at times feel bloated, I have pressure in my lower back and around my naval area it’s sore to the touch. The pain feels at times like, something is inside of me gnawing at my stomach area.

    Can eating white flour cause fatty liver?

    • Dear Linda,

      Most definitely. Eating white flour/refined grains is one of the biggest causes of fatty liver.
      I suggest you eliminate refined foods (most contain white flour), processed foods and sugar from your diet.
      I suggest you read our book: ‘Fatty Liver: You Can Reverse It’.
      Start taking Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily and NAC 2 caps twice daily.
      I also suggest Magnesium Ultra Potent 1/2 tsp twice daily.
      Focus on a diet rich in protein, good fats, fresh fruits and vegetables.
      I highly recommend raw juicing. You can find more information in Dr Cabot’s book: ‘Raw Juices Can Save Your Life’.
      Let us know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah

  17. hi good afternoon,,can you help me to my incoming medication ,because some of my friend got a bad result from thier past medication , A FATTYLIVER result….and thats so bad result…and i dont want to be like them!
    what should i eat to maintain not to become a fatty liver..thank you.

    • Dear Raprap,

      I recommend you take Livatone Plus – 2 caps twice a day and NAC – 2 caps twice a day.
      You can purchase these from http://www.liverdoctor.com.
      You need to reduce or eliminate sugar, refined foods and processed foods.
      Look at eating a diet with plenty of good protein, fats, fresh fruits and vegetables.
      Raw juicing is excellent.
      For more information see our books: ‘Fatty Liver: You Can Reverse It’ and ‘Raw Juicing Can Save Your Life’.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah

  18. I have many of the symptoms of a fatty liver and have been told so by my PCP after a pelvic scan. I do not show any signs of diabetes. I have changed diet, given up white flour, potatoes, etc. as well as sugar and sugar substitutes, but am confused with the additional supplements and what products I should be taking. I have also been led to believe that multiple grain breads were healthy and should be included in a healthy diet. Also I have become addicted to honey. Can you please help? What should I be adding to my diet that I cant get from fruits, veggies, etc?

    Thank you.

    • Hi Sheldon,

      That’s great that you’ve given up sugar, substitutes and white flour.
      Dr Cabot recommends the elimination of grains as grains make it harder to lose weight.
      She recommends if you are overweight and find it very difficult to lose weight, it is more effective to exclude ALL grains for at least three months or even longer, and be on a “no grain diet”. You can replace these grains with legumes (beans, lentils and chickpeas), seeds and nuts. Grains to eliminate are wheat, rye, barley, oats and rice.
      For your honey addiction, I would recommend Glycemic Balance.This will curb cravings for carbohydrates, both savoury and sweet.
      You should eat first class protein with every meal or for a snack, and consume healthy fats such as seafood, cold pressed olive, nut and seed oils, eggs, raw nuts and seeds.
      I would also recommend Livatone Plus 2 capsules twice daily and NAC one or two capsules twice daily.
      You should start raw juicing.
      For further information you can purchase Dr Cabot’s book: ‘Fatty Liver: You Can Reverse It’.

      Kind Regards,

      Jessah

  19. Thanks I’m going to try suggestions you offered if there are some other things I can do and you can send them to me it would be appreciate that.

    • Hi Mike,

      You should avoid sugar and grains.
      You should also take:
      Livatone Plus – 2 caps twice daily to boost liver function while protecting from damage.
      NAC – 2 caps twice daily away from food.
      For further info, purchase Dr Cabot’s book: ‘Fatty Liver: You Can Reverse It’.

      Kind Regards,

      Jessah

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