Just Diagnosed with Fatty Liver? Dr. Hyman Says Sugar, Not Fat, is Your Enemy!

 


If you’re having concerns about the health of your liver, it might be time to kick your nasty sugar habit to the curb. Dr. Mark Hyman explains the dangers of fatty liver, and how sugar, rather than fat, may indeed be the primary culprit. Here’s all you need to know about fatty liver and, to top it off, a customized list of 7 life-changing tips for switching up your diet and lifestyle to heal or prevent this dangerous disease.

“My doctor says I have a fatty liver and I should stay away from fat,” writes this week’s house call.” Is fat really the problem, though? In reality, not so much.

Fatty liver is a dangerous yet misunderstood disease, so your doctor’s concerns are valid. Ninety million Americans (and 17% of children in America) are living with fatty liver. If you’re pigging out on sugar and starch, you’re likely self inflicting fatty liver. Fatty liver literally means your liver fills with fat. This in turn ramps up inflammation, and as a result, vastly increases your risk for developing a multitude of chronic diseases.

However, it’s not fat you need to stay away from-it’s carbohydrates. Interestingly enough, research shows that carbohydrates (and not fat) are to blame for increasing the amount of fat that accumulates in your belly and liver. This may come as a shock to you, but let me explain why this is the case. Sugar is essentially a switch that triggers fat production in your liver (a natural process called lipogenesis). Therefore, our normal response to sugar consumption is liver lipogenesis.

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Beware of The #1 Cause of Acute Liver Damage

The number one cause of acute liver failure in America is a common fever and cold relief ingredient. Acute liver failure is a one way ticket to the great beyond, while liver damage or stress among those who don’t suffer acute liver failure is the source of much of our poor health and chronic disease.

 

Over-the-counter pharmaceuticals Tylenol, Excedrin, NyQuil, Theraflu, and prescription painkillers Vicoden and Percocet all contain acetaminophen. This ingredient has forced almost 80,000 ER (emergency room) visits, 26,000 hospitalizations, and around 500 deaths annually. (more…)

Coffee Benefits May Outweigh Health Risks for Many

Coffee cup and coffee beans on table

Coffee’s affect on general health has been considered mostly negative for decades. But recent years have seen more reports and studies pointing to beneficial health effects from consuming coffee on a regular basis.

Despite a recent epidemiological study that alluded to longer life without dangerous diseases among those who drank five or more cups daily, moderation and understanding one’s own physiological reaction tolerance is basic for managing coffee’s health benefits beyond risks.

Some cannot manage even one cup of coffee without getting too fidgety to function. Others have a threshold of time for coffee that can’t be broken if they want to get a good night’s sleep. Another aspect to consider is the type of coffee consumed, how it’s brewed, and what is added to the final brew.

Confusing Health Contradictions Regarding Coffee

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Whey Protein Improves Fatty Liver and Lowers Cholesterol

Obese nondiabetic women who consumed 60 grams of whey protein per day1 (20 grams three times per day) for four weeks had a 20 percent reduction in unhealthy liver fat, 15 percent reduction in triglycerides, and seven percent reduction in total cholesterol.

Fatty liver is a major health problem in overweight individuals. Once white adipose tissue has too much in storage, excess fat builds up in the liver, and eventually in arteries and organs. I call this “fat in all the wrong places.” The liver is the primary metabolic factory in your body. Once it starts becoming clogged with fat, metabolism goes awry at the primary point of calorie distribution for your body. This causes many problems, including a higher risk for cardiovascular disease.

Your liver factory runs on protein as a raw material. It is astounding that 60 grams of whey protein per day can unclog liver fat, reducing the buildup by 20 percent in just four weeks. As would be expected, improved liver health enables better triglyceride and cholesterol metabolism, which will not only help weight loss but is also protective to the cardiovascular system.

The program used in this study is similar to my program for helping people jump-start their weight loss. I have seen this help many people over the years. I wrote about this basic strategy three years ago in Protein and Fiber – the Foundation for Healthy Weight Loss. You may want to give it a try if you are feeling sluggish, stuck, or struggle to get on a good weight loss trend.

http://www.wellnessresources.com/weight/articles/whey_protein_improves_fatty_liver_while_lowering_cholesterol/

Ginger and ALA Protect Liver

 

Ginger and alpha lipoic acid (ALA) can help to prevent age-related changes to the liver, according to a recent study.

Antioxidants fight free radicals—highly unstable forms of oxygen that can lead to a variety of age-related diseases. Free radicals can also damage and age the organs, including the liver. In this study, researchers examined the effects of two antioxidant supplements—ginger and ALA—on liver alterations.

The researchers studied the livers of young (4 months) and older (24 months) rats. The livers of the older rats showed signs of both age and failure. However, these age-related changes improved significantly with both ginger and ALA supplementation, although ALA was more effective than ginger.

The researchers wrote, “Ginger and ALA appear to be promising anti-aging agents based on their amelioration of ultrastructural alterations in livers of old rats.”

Reference:
Mahmoud YI and Hegazy HG. Biotech Histochem. 2015 Nov 3:1-10. [Epub ahead of print.]

Ginger and ALA Protect Liver

Glutathione—Nature’s First Antioxidant & Master Detoxifier

Goat Whey

Raw goat whey is an excellent source of glutathione.
Glutathione is one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants. It may also be the most useful nutritional supplement, except that it doesn’t absorb well when taken as a pill or in a capsule.
The good news is that your body produces its own glutathione. The bad news is that processed foods, pollution, prescription drugs, stress, trauma, aging, infections, and radiation all deplete glutathione levels.

Low glutathione levels leave you susceptible to unrestrained cell damage from oxidation caused by free radicals, which is associated with chronic infections, cancer, and other chronic diseases. The good news is that we are learning more about glutathione all the time.

What Makes Glutathione So Special?

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