Last week the Daily Mail ran a story about Tony Oakley whose daily cookie snacking habit caused his non alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). As is often the case his fatty liver was only picked up because he had a blood test for another problem.
Tony reckoned he was pretty healthy as he went to the gym several times a week and only drank alcohol at the weekends. In spite of this he was overweight but mistakingly thought he was fit because he never got ill.
He was shocked to learn that he had a fatty liver in spite of having no obvious symptoms and could be dead in 10 years.
This was also demonstrated on The Food Hospital, a TV program that showed how food could be used as medicine, when they ran a whole bunch of tests on the participants.
What is Fatty Liver?
“Fatty Liver is a condition where triglycerides (a fat molecule) build up in the liver as it is unable to process the excess molecules. A healthy functioning liver contains little or no fat. The main cause of Fatty Liver is obesity and, if caught early enough, is reversible. It has occurred recently mainly due to the high carbohydrate and high starch foods that are common in contemporary diets. If the condition is not recognised and managed it leads to the complete malfunction of the liver”
Diet causes fatty liver disease
What they don’t point out here is that it’s refined or simple carbohydrates and not complex carbohydrates that are the problem. When you eat food like cookies (biscuits), cakes, white bread, white rice and other foods that break down quickly into sugar you increase your blood sugar (glucose) levels and trigger the release of the hormone insulin.
The insulin converts the excess sugar into fat and stores it in cells including the liver cells. The liver cells become inefficient and is unable perform it’s over 500 daily functions that includes the very important function of liver detox.
NAFLD can cause an inflammation of the liver that can eventually lead to cirrhosis, where scarring of the liver causes poor liver function and eventual failure.
Beware diet sodas
A 2009 study shows that if you drink two or more sodas per day or too much fruit juice, you increase your chances of developing fatty liver disease by 80 percent.
“The liver is actually a filtering organ,” Dr. Travis explains. “When you’re drinking beverages with so much sugar, that sugar will literally be deposited in your liver as fatty deposits. Over time, you can get what’s called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.”
Dr. Ordon adds “Diet sodas can do the same thing because they’re changing your insulin metabolism with the added sweeteners”
So, once again it all boils down to diet. Conventional doctors have no specific therapy or drug treatment to reverse a fatty liver. They usually recommend a weight loss diet and exercise.
One problem that people often encounter is that the liver has become used to storing fat and not burning fat so they have problems losing weight. This is where a liver detox diet can help.
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