Fatty liver disease is characterized by the accumulation of triglycerides in the hepatocytes of patients. It ranges in severity from simple steatosis (excessive fat accumulation) to steatohepatitis (liver cell injury and inflammation).
Dietary factors contribute to fat accumulation in the liver, and early intervention is the key to helping patients.
Many fad diets come and go and indeed may be dangerous, or make you miserable because they are far too restrictive and/or difficult to follow.
In contrast, the Liver Cleansing Diet is easy and safe and is really a form of awareness or consciousness, which will give you the key to a strong immune system and a healthier liver. If you improve your liver function your metabolism will improve in leaps and bounds.
Diet changes for those with Fatty liver disease:
It is important for people with the fatty liver disease to maintain a healthy weight by eating a balanced diet with foods from all food groups.
- Limit eating foods that have a lot of sugar or salt
- Limit eating fatty foods
- Eat foods that have fiber
- Think raw: Eat plentiful amounts of raw fruits and vegetables, especially dark green leafy vegetables and orange, yellow, purple and red colored fruits and vegetables. Forty percent of your diet should consist of raw fruits and vegetables. Try to eat some raw fruits or vegetables with EVERY meal, as they contain living enzymes, vitamin C, natural antibiotic substances and anti-cancer phytonutrients.
- Oil but don’t grease your body Avoid the fats that present a high workload for the liver and gall bladder. This include:
- Processed vegetable oils (hydrogenated fats),
- Deep fried foods,
- Foods that are not fresh and contain rancid fats, preserved meats and fatty meats. Choose lean meats.
- Avoid cream and ice cream and processed cheese.
Healthy fats are found in
- Cold pressed olive oil,
- Fish (especially oily fish such as salmon, tuna, sardines, herring, cod, flounder, trout, bass and mackerel),
- Raw fresh nuts,
- Raw fresh seeds such as flaxseeds (linseeds), sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, hemp seeds, alfalfa seeds, pumpkin seeds and legumes (beans, peas, and lentils). Seeds such as flaxseeds can be ground freshly everyday (in a regular coffee grinder or food processor) and can be added to cereals, smoothies, fruit salads, and vegetables.
- Watch that sweet tooth: Use natural sugars from fresh fruits. If desired use a few dried fruits, honey, molasses, fruit sorbets, fruit jams, carob, date sugar or maple syrup.
- Avoid refined white sugar, lollies, fizzy drinks, cakes and cookies made with refined sugars.
- Excess amounts of these natural sugars will cause a fatty liver, so don’t over indulge.
- Remember excess carbohydrates, even natural sugars, are turned into fat. Diabetics are best to avoid all sugars except those found in fresh fruit.
- Rehydrate your body Drink plenty of fluids such as water, raw vegetable juices and teas (eg. green tea, herbal and regular black tea is fine). Aim for two liters of fluid daily, as this will prevent constipation and help your kidneys to eliminate the toxins that the liver has broken down.
- Be selective and aim for food taste and quality, instead of quantity.
- Try to be more conscious of what you are eating.
- Chew slowly so that you can tune into the subtle tastes of natural foods, oils, spices, and herbs.
- Do not overeat, and listen to the messages from your body. When you feel full and satisfied, stop eating.
- Consistently overeating greatly increases the workload of the liver, and this may reduce its capacity to detoxify harmful substances efficiently.
- Overworking the liver also reduces its ability to burn fat, so that you will be more likely to develop a fatty liver.
Enjoy a healthy diet and incorporate regular exercise in your routine. Talk to your health professionals for further dietary advice designed for your specific fatty liver disease condition. Keep your focus on choosing fresh foods and eating wisely. It is the balance of eating properly, exercising, and following the other advice of your health team that will put your liver health back on the right track.
– Written by Dr. Chaitali Palekar, Life Force Homeopathy
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