Fatty Liver – What Your Doctor Does Not Know
We receive many emails and phone calls from people who have a fatty liver and cannot find the right advice to heal or reverse it.
They are often told the following by their doctor –
- It is not serious, so do not worry about it
- There is nothing you can do about it
- There is no drug to fix it, so there is no treatment
- It is a normal part of aging
- Just go and lose some weight
- These days just about everyone has a fatty liver, so it is normal
However, most people with a fatty liver want to do something about it because they have seen the research that fatty liver can be associated with health problems such as diabetes type 2, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, digestive problems, gallstones and weight excess.
In my medical clinic, the most common problem we see today is fatty liver. These patients are usually overweight and have tried many diets that do not work. Why is this? It is because the hormones that regulate metabolism and hunger are out of balance and in particular we find that they have high levels of insulin and leptin. Their fat cells and liver are programmed to store fat by these high levels of hormones. If you have a fatty liver you will find it very hard to lose weight, unless you improve your liver first and get those hormones under control.
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 medical labels – they just mean that your liver is being invaded with fat!
A fatty liver contains an excessive amount of fat which replaces the normal healthy liver tissue; thus the liver function becomes compromised. The liver cells and the spaces in the liver are replaced with fat. In many cases the liver becomes slightly enlarged and has a yellow greasy appearance.
If the liver spaces and liver cells are full of fat, then the liver is not able to filter and cleanse the bloodstream efficiently; in such cases toxins and fat accumulate in the bloodstream. If this condition is not reversed, the unhealthy blood stream will lead to an overloaded immune system. A weak and overworked immune system can no longer protect you and so conditions such as inflammation and cancer become more common.
A fatty liver has lost its ability to regulate fat metabolism so you become more overweight and the levels of the blood fats, cholesterol and triglycerides rise. Cholesterol lowering drugs are often prescribed but they do not treat the cause of fatty liver and indeed may be liver toxic.
The vast majority of overweight people I see have a fatty liver and this makes it much harder for them to lose weight. Why is this? Well there are several reasons –
- Their insulin levels are too high – insulin is a fat storing hormone and makes you hungrier, especially for foods high in carbohydrate
- Their leptin levels are too high – this means the hunger centre in the brain does not respond to the correct signals
- Their liver has lost the ability to burn fat
- There is less room in the liver to store glycogen, which means blood sugar levels become unstable, and when they drop, the cravings for high carbohydrate foods will be intense.
- The fatty liver does not convert thyroid hormone to its active form efficiently – the active form speeds up the metabolic rate
- Toxins build up in the fat tissue and liver, which slows down metabolism
Can a fatty liver be reversed?
Yes indeed it can. Conventional or orthodox medicine has no specific therapy or drug treatment to reverse a fatty liver. Indeed, several drugs such as cholesterol lowering drugs and pain killers can make a fatty liver worse.
There is much that can be done through diet and lifestyle to reverse a fatty liver although this process usually takes between six to 12 months. Sugar and carbohydrate rich foods such as bread, pasta, cakes, cookies, donuts, muffins, refined and processed cereals and packaged snack foods such as pretzels, chips and crackers must be minimized in the diet.
The diet needs to be based on plenty of vegetables along with protein such as seafood, poultry, eggs, cheese, plain yogurt and meat (preferably grass-fed). Fruit, nuts, seeds, legumes and healthy fats should also be included in the diet.
To support your liver function, I recommend Livatone Plus which has a proven track record as a liver protector and restorer. This means it helps liver cells to repair themselves and this hastens the reversal of fatty liver. Livatone Plus also improves the fat burning functions of the liver. Livatone Plus is the world’s leading liver formula and has been used for over 20 years by holistic doctors and naturopaths. Livatone Plus was formulated by Dr Cabot and her team of medical doctors and naturopaths. Selenium is very important for those with liver inflammation due to infections. A number of infections can adversely affect the liver and cause fat accumulation; these include hepatitis, mononucleosis and cytomegalovirus.
The liver is the General of the Army of the body
Your liver is the largest and hardest working organ in your body! It performs thousands of functions every minute of every day to keep you alive. It is not normal to have a fatty liver and it is important to reverse it. You will see huge improvements in your health within several months as the liver responds quickly to nutritional medicine.
The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.