Fatty liver, also well-known as steatosis, is a health condition that occurs due to fat accumulation in the liver in various grades of severity. Some of the liver cells are replaced with fat tissue which gives your liver a yellowish, greasy appearance. A fatty liver is often enlarged and swollen, but it may remain asymptomatic most of the times. The fatty tissue eventually replaces and destroys the healthy liver tissue causing the disturbance in normal liver functions.
Fatty liver often goes undiagnosed, and people learn about it during routine investigations, such as a liver function test or sonography of abdomen. Statistics reveal that fatty liver is now recognized as the most common cause of abnormal liver functions in the UK, USA, and Australia. Also, this liver condition is often associated or linked with other health issues like obesity and diabetes.
8 Common Signs That Tell You May Have A Fatty Liver:
– Elevated levels of cholesterol and triglycerides
– Hot flushes
– Disturbed digestion causing nausea
– Tiredness and fatigue
– Increased abdominal girth
Most often, patients do not even experience these symptoms in the initial stages (Grade 1 fatty liver). It is possible to reverse a fatty liver in the initial stages by following certain diet tips and healthy habits. Advanced stages of the fatty liver often lead to liver cirrhosis or even liver failure. The general condition of the patient is an important indicator of his overall immunity, which also decides the scope of recovery. A patient who is free from any other systemic illness, enjoys a good health, has a good appetite, and free from any mental illness tends to recover much faster than a patient who suffers from systemic diseases, such as hypertension, diabetes, and other health concerns, does not follow a healthy lifestyle, and has a faulty diet routine.
The best way to reverse your fatty liver naturally is to control your eating habits. You need to choose healthy foods and avoid junk, alcohol, and other unhealthy foods. Keep a check on what and how much you eat. Make it a habit of following a healthy diet to have a healthy liver because the liver is an important organ where most of the crucial functions occur. It is a major organ concerned with digestion, metabolism, and regulation of the gut process. A good liver leads to a good gut, so you need to protect your liver.
Many diseases do not always need a medicine regime, and one of them is fatty liver. There are many effective ways to heal your liver in a natural way in order to reverse the pathology. There are a few criteria which need to be fulfilled in order to practically reverse the fatty liver into a normal healthy organ.
- Early diagnosis of fatty liver
- Monitoring your liver function tests and undergoing an ultrasound of abdomen routinely
- No family history of fatty liver or any liver disease
- No history of alcohol intake
- Eating relatively healthier food on a daily basis
- Following an active lifestyle and exercising regularly.
- No history of any other chronic illness
The combination of all above conditions will make you eligible to reverse the fatty liver condition.
Apart from these criteria, there are a few dietary errors which need to be corrected. Poor diet is the most common cause of fatty liver disease, hence it is important to eliminate dietary errors and reduce the functional load on the liver.
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5 Important Diet Tips To Help Reverse A Fatty Liver Naturally:
- Restrict High Carbohydrates Diet:
The biggest hindrances in the smooth functioning of the liver are sugary foods and a high carbohydrate diet. So, you need to avoid adding these unhealthy foods in your daily diet routine. Foods, such as pasta, rice, refined flour, bakery products, breakfast cereal, and potatoes, should be restricted.
- Avoid Alcohol:
Alcohol is the biggest culprit causing any liver disease. It is the second biggest cause of a fatty liver amongst the most ‘fatty liver’ affected individuals worldwide. Alcohol leads to inflammatory changes in the liver, thus causes damage to liver cells. This further lowers down the metabolism and replaces the liver cells with fat tissue. Hence, curbing your alcohol intake can largely help reverse your fatty liver.
- Eat Plenty Of Raw Veggies And Fruits:
Raw vegetables and fruits are the most powerful healing weapons for treating a fatty liver. They are rich in antioxidants and help detoxify the body by flushing out the toxins. So, eating raw vegetables and fruits minimize the risk of development of inflammatory conditions in your liver. It is best to have two fruit servings per day. Eating more vegetables than gluten (chapati) supports you to maintain a low glycemic index in your body that helps develop a metabolically strong liver.
- Drink Pure Juice Of Fruits And Veggies:
One of the most effective and interesting ways to keep your liver healthy is drinking the pure juice of fresh fruits and vegetables regularly. Nowadays, you may see many people drinking vegetable juices on an empty stomach. Yes, this is the best way to kick start your liver for the day. Your liver is more receptive to any foods that you consume during the whole day. Vegetable juices are more beneficial than fruit juices as fruit juices are high in carbohydrates than vegetable juices. Fruits are best beneficial when consumed as a whole fruit with the skin, which preserves the delicate fibers, rather than destroying it by put them into a blender.
- Select Healthy Oils For Cooking:
Choose healthy oils, such as olive oil, coconut oil, and flax seed oil, for cooking rather than vegetable oils.
Fatty liver has become a global health issue, especially among the middle-aged individuals. Eating healthy foods, following a healthy lifestyle, and doing all the things that will improve your immunity can help in preventing any liver disease. So, if you love your liver you need to eat healthy food forever.
– Written by Kanchan, Associate doctor to Dr. Rajesh Shah
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