The common concept is that fatty liver (or liver steatosis) is caused by too much fat and / or protein in the diet. In fact, the real causes are often quite different.
The liver is an essential organ in the process of detoxifying and synthesizing hormones (including the conversion of the thyroid hormone T4 into the active form T3), with hundreds of critical functions. It is the “vacuum cleaner” of the bloodstream, filtering toxins, synthesizing the bile, cholesterol and amino acids. Every three minutes the liver filters all the blood in the body!
Liver functions may be distorted by a variety of factors including: medicines (up to 900 drugs are responsible for liver toxicity), alcohol, excessive caffeine consumption, insufficient protein, dehydration, heavy metal toxicity and other chemicals, and insufficient rest .
In blood analysis, the most common markers that can indicate the degree of liver dysfunction are: GGT, AST, ALT, alkaline phosphatase, LDH, bilirubin, albumin and triglycerides. Of these, triglycerides are most relevant in steatosis determination. Triglycerides are liver fats that serve as fuel for all body muscles. An increased level of triglycerides (greater than 100 mg / dl) reflects liver steatosis and / or congestion of the liver. Increased values may indicate an excess of carbohydrates in the diet, and / or the inability of the liver to emulsify fats.
High triglycerides represent different degrees of metabolic dysfunction, related to excess carbohydrates and sugars, consumption of hydrogenated fats, altered polyunsaturated oils, processed foods, and the need to increase fatty acid oxidation.
Symptoms present may be spasms of the stomach, abdominal distension, fatty stools, skin problems, acne, gastroesophageal reflux.
Fatty liver means that the liver is filled with fat, which will lead to the development of chronic conditions and inflammation. Sugars determine the production of fat in the liver – an internal process called lipogenesis, normal body response to sugar consumption. Fructose, the most damaging type of sugars, is sent directly to the liver, increasing lipogenesis. On the other hand, consumption of healthy fats and oils can stop excessive fat production in the liver, because it does not cause the pancreas to increase insulin production and overwork it. When consuming the ratio and type of fats suitable for your metabolic type, you will stimulate fat burning rather than storing fat, while at the same time feeling less hungry and decreasing your sweet cravings.
How Can You Solve Liver Steatosis?
Of all the essential components for a healthy liver function, two of the most important are: water and protein. Amino acids, especially cysteine and methionine, are essential in the second phase of liver detoxification. Because the bile is made up of water for the most part, dehydration can prevent normal liver function.
In the the process of healing steatosis, there are a number of key issues to consider: nutrition correction, liver function protection, triglyceride utilization, increased fluidity of the bile, liver decongestion, normalization of insulin sensitivity and glucose utilization in the body, improved digestion and use of fatty acids.
Changes that you can implement yourself include reducing or eliminating fructose (especially corn syrup that is found in many processed foods), white flour, gluten, excess sugars, processed vegetable oils, and polyunsaturated oils. Consume liver-regenerating foods such as crucifers (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage) and red beets and green leafy vegetables (spinach, kale, mangold, rucola, etc.) to decongest the liver. Also consume quality proteins (for l-carnitine and amino acids), from non-industrial sources, from animals raised on pastures, traditionally, without antibiotics and growth hormones.
Nutrients such as lipoic acid, N-acetyl-cysteine, glycine are powerful antioxidants that help heal and regenerate the liver, and also increase glutathione reserves, one of the most important components in liver detoxification phase 1 and 2. Other important ingredients that can be added to the individualized liver regeneration program are vitamins B, C, E, silimarine and berberine. For normalization of triglycerides and decongestion of the liver, omega 3, choline, lecithin, vitamins C, E, niacin, digestive enzymes, bile salts, artichoke, papaya, digestive bitter can be used. To normalize the level of insulin and glucose, you can use a number of nutrients such as chrome, gymnema sylvestre, korean ginseng, berberine, momordica charantia.
Adopt an effective, natural and non-invasive healing program that includes the right physical exercise. For choosing a personalized nutrition program that includes the hepatic steatosis individualized healing protocol, find more information here.
In my practice I DO NOT interpret blood analysis to diagnose and / or treat, but to detect trends, imbalances, deficiencies, congestion, infections and inflammation, and find with other complementary tests the most appropriate and customized recovery solution and the biochemical balance for you.