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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.



  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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,

  6. 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,

  7. 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,

  8. 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,

  9. 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,

  10. 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,


  11. 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,


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