Fatty liver affects 90 million Americans and is a major risk factor for diabetes, heart attacks, and even cancer. It is caused by the 152 pounds of sugar and 146 pounds of flour in our diet.
<p>You may be surprised to learn that it’s actually sugar, not fat, that causes a fatty liver.</p>
<p>The high fructose corn syrup found in our processed foods is the single biggest cause of fatty liver. Soda, which, frighteningly, is the number one source of calories in the American diet, is, then, the biggest cause of fatty liver.</p>
Fatty liver creates a whole cascade of issues, including:
- Insulin resistance
- Pre-diabetes and diabetes
- Abnormal cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Heart attack
How to fix your fatty liver
There are some really simple things you can do with diet, exercise, and supplements to help heal your fatty liver.
- Cut out all high fructose corn syrup from your diet.
If you see it on any label for any product—whether it’s a salad dressing or ketchup or tomato sauce—don’t eat it. Think about it: most servings of tomato sauce that you buy in a jar have more sugar than a serving of Oreo cookies. Get rid of all that high fructose corn syrup from your diet, 100 percent, no exceptions.
- Reduce or eliminate starch. Get rid of white, processed flour.
Even whole grain flours can be a problem. It’s common to find too much of these starchy foods in the classic American diet, or what we call the SAD (Standard American Diet).
- Add some good things to your diet to help heal your fatty liver.
Add plenty of fruit, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Add lean animal protein like chicken and fish. Add good oils like olive oil, macadamia nut oil, avocados, coconut butter, and fish oil. Good fats like these are anti-inflammatory, and they help repair your liver.
- Improve your metabolism through exercise.
This is a fabulous way to improve insulin resistance and reduce fatty liver.
- Use the right supplements.
Milk Thistle, Lipoic Acid, N-Acetyl-l-Cysteine help boost levels of the detox substance glutathione in your liver. B vitamins will help your liver repair and heal.
- Eat detoxifying liver-repairing super foods.
Focus on the broccoli family such as kale, collards, cabbage, brussels sprouts, broccoli, arugula, daikon radish—all wonderful foods that help repair and heal your liver. Garlic and onions are full of sulfur, which is a great detoxifier.