Natural Solutions for Fatty Liver Disease (FLD)

By on August 10, 2013

     A fatty liver is caused by the accumulation of fat (triglycerides) in liver cells. In many cases, there is a possibility to improve your health. However, untreated fatty liver disease could lead to liver inflammation, which can hinder liver function.  

    Changing your diet to a healthy one, might help to reverse fatty liver. It can also help to lowering triglycerides, controlling blood sugar and helping maintain a healthy weight. Sometimes, fatty liver may also be related to heredity or medications. 
    If you find it very difficult to lose the excess weight, it is important to look at all the factors relevant to your present weight and state of health:  

    •    Lose weight 
    •    Control carbohydrates
    •    Increase high-fiber foods
    •    Replace saturated fats with healthy, unsaturated fats
    •    Avoid alcohol

Step 1
    Lower your triglycerides by substituting monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats for saturated and trans fats. Eat more fish and use olive oil instead of butter.

Step 2
    Eat vegetables, fruits and whole grains, which are high in fiber. Fiber slows down the absorption of sugar in your bloodstream and may help regulate glucose levels. Controlling insulin resistance and blood sugar levels may help reverse fatty liver disease.

Step 3
    Consume fewer calories. Calories that are not used immediately are stored as triglycerides. Maintaining a healthy weight may help to reverse fatty liver liver disease

Step 4
    Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week to help reduce triglyceride levels.

AVOID
    •    deep fried, fatty, and processed foods
    •    margarines and similar type spreads containing hydrogenated vegetable oils
    •    sugary processed foods and drinks
    •    artificial sweeteners 
    •    Reduce the consumption of refined carbohydrates from sugar and bread, pastry, pasta,
        noodles, cakes, biscuits  and desserts

INCREASE
    •    the amount of vegetables both cooked and raw
    •    consumption of fiber, add to almond, rice or oat milk, and fruit smoothies, or add in with your  
        breakfast cereal.             
    •    water consumption, drink at least 5-6 glasses of purified  water, gradually throughout the day   
        between meals

Decrease
    You may need to decrease the amount of sodium in your diet. Sodium causes your body to retain (hold on to) fluids. When your body holds on to fluids, you will have swelling. Some foods that may contain high amounts of sodium are the following:
 
    •    bacon, sausage and deli meats
    •    canned vegetables and vegetable juice
    •    frozen dinners
    •    packaged snack foods like potato chips and pretzels
    •    Soy, barbecue, and teriyaki sauces
    •    Soups
    •    Table salt

Choose High-Fiber Carbohydrates 

   •    choose high-fiber carbohydrates with a low glycemic  index, or GI, for more favorable effects   
         on blood sugar  and weight contro
   •    choose small portions when consuming carbohydrates
   •    limit or avoid added sugars, white bread, white rice, sugary drinks, and sweets

Increase Fiber for Control over Blood Sugar and Cholesterol Levels
    Increasing fiber intake can help control your blood sugar and cholesterol levels, which is beneficial when you have fatty liver disease. 

High-fiber foods include the following:

  •    raw fruits and vegetables
  •    whole grains
  •    brown rice
  •    oatmeal
  •    legumes
  •    nuts and seeds

Choose healthy unsaturated fats to help control cholesterol levels and may help manage FLD:

   •   fish oil
   •   olive oil, organic cold pressed oil
   •   nuts and seeds
   •   avocados
   •   olives
   •   grape seeds oil
   •   coconut oil

Avoid saturated fats and trans-fats that can increase cholesterol levels:

    •    High-fat meats, sausages, cold cuts
    •    Animal fats
    •    Cream
    •    Cheese (choose reduced-fat cheese instead)
    •    Ice cream
    •    Shortening
    •    margarine       

Raisa Weisspapir, Homeopath, MD (Europe) has been successfully practicing in Toronto, dedicating her homeopathic practice to children’s problems and general family health care. She welcomes your questions at (416) 227-1485, or visit www.homeopathytoronto.com.

 

 

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