Dr. Mark Hyman, MD writes on his blog about the causes and dangers of having a fatty liver. This condition is caused by unhealthy eating, yet you might not even realize that your liver is at risk.
A fatty liver is caused by eating a lot of foods that contain sugar and starch. This can include foods like:
- Carbohydrates made with bleached, white flour
- Chips and snacks
- Anything with high fructose corn syrup
According to Hyman, the sugars in these foods activates the production of fat in the liver, causing lipogenesis. This is something that your body does naturally to process the sugar. However, foods that contain a high amount of fructose can increase the lipogenesis process. Over time, increased fat in the liver can cause serious health problems, such as:
- Insulin resistance
- Accumulation of visceral fat
- Increase the risk of cholesterol
- Increase risk of heart attack
Despite the gravity of the situation, it is possible to reverse the damage. Dr. Hyman recommends the following to consumers:
- Stop eating any foods with high fructose corn syrup or highly processed carbohydrates.
- Do eat foods that have a lot of protein, such as chicken and fish, as well as nuts, coconut oil, and avocados.
- Do eat crunchy green foods like broccoli, kale, cabbage, and collard greens. These vegetables help detoxify the body. Onions and garlic work great too.
- Be physically active and exercise.
- Be mindful of the supplements you use. Consider those with antioxidants, magnesium, and B-vitamins.
Dr. Hyman notes that if you want a healthy body, then you need to have a health liver.
Becoming conscious of what you eat and getting more exercise can help transform a fatty liver into a healthy liver.
Want to learn more about fatty liver and what to do about it?
Read the full article here: Fatty Liver is More Dangerous Than You Realize. Here’s How to Heal It.