We are living in a world affected by many toxins which even if we want we cannot avoid it. These toxins are everywhere; in the food we eat, in the air we breathe and in the products we use. The body can be purified by itself and that function performs our liver, but due to the presence of so many toxins around us, this organ gets overworked which eventually leads to impaired function of the liver known as a non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
In this article we shall focus on all aspects of this disease and natural ways of its treatment.
Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
The most common liver disease is the alcoholic fatty liver disease, and the name itself tells it everything that this disease is caused by an excessive use of alcohol. However, the liver may be affected by a disease that has nothing to do with alcohol, but in fact with the consumption of fat.
Causes of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
Non-alcoholic fatty liver or otherwise known as foiegras refers to fat accumulation in the liver. The liver should contain fat, but not in large amounts as if it has more than 5% fat then this is considered an early stage of fatty liver.
The right diagnosis is determined when small samples are taken from the liver and analyzed under a microscope.
Due to the fact that these people drink none or limited amount of alcohol, and still have a liver issue is associated with a diet high in processed sugar, high body weight index, diabetes, high levels of triglycerides, reduced physical activity and hereditary factor.
Here are the signals that the body sends when dealing with this type of diseases:
Signs of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
In 20% of people with fatty liver inflammation the disease can progress and when that happens the following symptoms are common: fatigue, poor appetite, weight loss or abdominal discomfort. In addition to this, the size of the liver may get slightly larger which is detected by your doctor during a physical exam.
This disease can lead even to a more serious liver health condition like cirrhosis or liver failure. In these cases, the common symptoms are: jaundice of the skin and eyes, an enlarged abdomen filled with fluid, confusion or abnormal bleeding.
How to treat non-alcoholic fatty liver disease?
Cases of cirrhosis and liver failure are very rare as the liver has the ability to repair itself. You need to follow certain steps and thus avoid complications of your liver condition. First of all you should follow a healthy and balanced diet and thus fight off obesity which will help you to reduce high cholesterol levels and fight diabetes.
In addition to this, you should limit the influence of certain risk factors. Here it is what is highly recommended by many experts:
Exclude the use of alcohol
Lower cholesterol in your blood
Reduce the intake of sugars and saturated fats
Check blood glucose
Here are some of the natural remedies that can treat non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and that do not show any side effects. We suggest following a low glycemic Mediterranean diet which is very beneficial and effective in the case of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. The follow-up of this diet can help you to restore the normal function of your liver.
The low glycemic Mediterranean diet is consisted of the following foods:
Fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains.
Fish, but limit the intake of red meat
Eat dairy products moderately
Avoid the consumption of butter and replace it with olive oil
Low consumption of salt
Drink lots of water and herbal teas during the day (experts suggest the consumption of organic black tea)
Beneficial Plants for Your Liver
You can introduce into your diet certain plants which are beneficial for your liver. For instance, some bitter plants can effectively cleanse your body by detoxifying and metabolizing the build-up fats in the liver. Those plants are artichoke, dandelion, and milk thistle.
Licorice root is another plant that can be beneficial for your liver as its use substantially lowers the number of liver enzymes in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. However, if you suffer from high blood pressure, this plant is not recommended for use.
Nonetheless, prior any change of diet or introduction of certain plants you should consult your doctor.