Reverse Liver Damage Naturally
Liver disease is a general term that refers to many different conditions that can impact the ability of the organ from functioning correctly, but the one that is most commonly mentioned and that affects about one in five people in the U.S. is fatty liver disease. It is recognized as the most common cause of abnormality in the function of the liver, and is associated with both insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. It occurs when healthy tissue is partially replaced with fatty tissue, and as the fat continues to infiltrate healthy tissue, there is less and less healthy tissue left. Severe cases can lead to cirrhosis and eventually, to organ failure.
There are several common signs of this disease, including elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, abdominal weight gain, fatigue, nausea, yellowing of eyes or skin (jaundice) and excessive sweating and/or overheating of the body. Official diagnosis is made after a blood test and an ultrasound, but luckily, this is reversible simply by changing your dietary habits. These lifestyle changes will help anyone who is looking to improve the overall health of this vital organ.
Limit Your Carbs
While many people automatically assume that alcohol is the leading contributor to liver problems, it is actually a poor diet that is the leading cause of this problem (alcohol is the second leading cause). For anyone dealing with liver disease, it’s the white foods – sugar and carb-loaded foods such as bread, pasta, potatoes, rice and cereals – that should be severely limited or avoided completely. The liver converts carbs into fats, and it’s these fats that cause damage to the organ.
Limit or Stop Alcohol Consumption
Alcohol causes both inflammation and damage to cells, and this weakens the liver and allows it to be infiltrated with fatty tissue that eventually develops into liver disease. Heavy drinkers are advised to stop drinking altogether. If this is not possible, people suffering from the disease should severely restrict their alcohol intake and limit it to one drink a day with at least two alcohol-free days each week.
Eat More Vegetables
The consumption of fruits and vegetables help heal the liver from the damage it has suffered by helping to clean and repair its filter. When the liver’s filter is working properly, unwanted fats and toxins are successfully removed from the bloodstream. Vegetables can be raw or cooked, just as long as they are included in large amounts in your diet.
Fruit consumption is slightly trickier since many people – with or without this specific problem – suffer from insulin resistance and/or high blood sugar, and fruits can add to those problems. If this is the case, then fruits should be limited to no more than two helpings a day. Healthy fats such as olive oil, coconut oil and flaxseed oil can replace butter, margarine and most harmful cooking oils. Protein is necessary to a healthy diet, and good proteins include poultry, seafood, lean meats, nuts and seeds. Raw vegetable juices are another excellent way to deliver highly concentrated antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to the system.
The Benefits of Ginger
Ginger root contains a high percentage of antioxidants, and antioxidants both reduce cellular damage to your organs and help protect damage from free radicals. There is also evidence that this spicy-sweet root can actually reduce high levels of fat already accumulated and stored in the liver. One or two cups of ginger tea, preferably made with the fresh root of the plant, can deliver impressive health benefits by improving blood circulation and promoting the delivery of oxygen, vitamins and minerals to cells.