What, Exactly, is a Fatty Liver?
What Causes a Fatty Liver?
Excessive consumption of fatty foods. Lipids are slow to digest so when we consume large amounts at a time the body has to place them somewhere to be dealt with later. If we continue to ingest large amounts of fats they begin to build up; all around and in the liver.
How to Prevent Fatty Liver Disease
- Cut back on alcohol consumption, better yet eliminate it all together! Yes it is true that a glass of wine is good for you but when it comes to this old saying less is definitely more!
- Watch your fat intake. The body needs lipids to stay healthy however it does not need a double bacon cheese burger daily…or even weekly J Healthy fats, in smaller quantity: coconut oil, extra virgin olive oils, nuts and seeds are some “good for you” fats that do a body good.
- If you want to loose weight find a knowledgeable practitioner to help you through it. Aim for 1-5 pounds a week. It may be slower but trust me your body will thank you! Also studies show that people who experience slower weight loss are healthier overall and tend to keep the weight off.
I Have a Fatty Liver…Now What?
- Increase your ingestion of brightly coloured vegetables. Eat a rainbow! (not the skittles kind). Each colour has its benefits, just remember the brighter, dark or more vibrant the natural colour the more nutrients and anti-oxidants the food contains.
- Decrease your consumption of red meats as they tend to be on the fatty side when compared to poultry and fish. Consider becoming a “weekday vegetarian”. This means that 4 or 5 out of 7 days you go meat free.
- Water, water and more water. I can’t stress this enough! Water helps the body flush out
toxins, adequate water intake allows for proper functioning of the kidneys, one of the bodies main detox organs. When the body is hydrated the entire system is primed to work more efficiently. Think engine oil in your car.
- Increase fibre. Fibre binds to fats to help move it through the intestines, which is the final dumping place as the body detoxes. If lipids are left in the intestines it gets reabsorbed back into the system to accumulate on the live once more.
- Finally Exercise: get things moving! Increasing exercise helps the body move fats through and out quicker so that accumulation does not occur; and once it has helps the body use the accumulated fats as energy.