Do you experience fatigue or weight loss for no obvious reason? If yes, you might be suffering from fatty liver disease. Following certain dietary changes can help you manage this condition effectively. And, if you are wondering what fatty liver disease is and what diet modification you should make to regulate the condition, think no further. Keep reading to learn all about it.
Fatty liver disease is characterized by the accumulation of triglycerides in the hepatocytes of the 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 the patients.
Many fad diets influence many people, and indeed they may be dangerous or make you miserable because they are far too restrictive and/or difficult to follow.
In contrast to that, the Liver Cleansing Diet is easy and safe. Also, it develops awareness or consciousness that serves as a key to develop a strong immune system and a healthier liver. If you improve your liver function your metabolism will improve by leaps and bounds.
Diet Changes for Those with Fatty Liver Disease:
People with fatty liver disease need 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
Here are some diet tips that can help you to manage the fatty liver disease.
1. Eat raw fruits and vegetables: Ensure you have plenty of raw fruits and vegetables, particularly dark green leafy vegetables and orange, yellow, purple, and red-colored fruits and vegetables. 40% 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.
2. Limit your oil intake: Avoid the fats that present a high workload for the liver and gall bladder.
Avoid processed vegetable oils (hydrogenated fats)
Do not eat deep-fried foods
Keep away from 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 (particularly oily fish, such as salmon, tuna, sardines, herring, cod, flounder, trout, bass, and mackerel),
Raw fresh nuts. Go for walnuts as they help improve your liver health. Walnuts are abundant in omega-3 fatty acids. Eating them helps you achieve improved results of liver function tests.
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 fresh every day (in a regular coffee grinder or food processor) and can be added to cereals, smoothies, fruit salads, and vegetables.
3. Watch that sweet tooth: Use natural sugars from fresh fruits. If you crave sweet food, go for 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 fats. Diabetics are best to avoid all sugars except those found in fresh fruit.
4. Rehydrate your body: Drink plenty of fluids such as water, raw vegetable juices, and teas (e.g. green tea, herbal and regular black teas are 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.
5. 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 on the liver, and this may reduce its capacity to detoxify harmful substances efficiently.
Overworking the liver also reduces its ability to burn fat and it may make you more prone to develop a fatty liver.
Enjoy a healthy diet and incorporate regular exercises into 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.
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