What exactly is Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease?
Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) is a condition that involves an excess amount of fat built up in your liver. The liver is located on the upper right side of the abdomen. All the blood that leaves the stomach and intestines passes through the liver. In fact, a healthy liver filters about 1.7 liters of blood/minute! How cool is that?
The liver has several roles:
- Filtration of the blood
- Aiding in digestion
- Protein synthesis
- Storage of vitamins and minerals
The scary part about NAFLD is it is not symptomatic at first. However, as time goes on it can progress to a more inflammatory state known as NASH – non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. When this happens, symptoms can include abdominal pain, nausea, scarring or hardening of the liver, liver failure, and even liver cancer. Yikes! It can be detected early through basic screening bloodwork and evaluated via ultrasound.
Non-alcoholic liver disease can be detected early through basic screening bloodwork and evaluated via ultrasound.
So what are the causes of NAFLD? You may be thinking it is due to being overweight or having too much fat in your diet, and you would be correct! However, you may not be thinking about sugar – and this is a MAJOR contributor to NAFLD. Fructose (fruit sugar), sucrose (table sugar), and high fructose corn syrup have been found to induce NAFLD and speed up the transition to NASH if left untreated. We’re talking about processed fruit here (like fruit juice), not fruits in their whole form. Research also points to a strong connection between processed fructose and gut hyperpermeability- aka LEAKY GUT!
Now that we know about NAFLD, let’s reduce the risk and discuss liver disease management:
If you are overweight, a 10% reduction can improve liver health and function.
Reduce processed sugar!
Enjoy occasionally and in moderation.
Daily fish oil
Fish oil has been shown to blunt the development of unhealthy fat in the body. Our Omega Pro Monoglyceride has a three times greater EPA+DHA absorption rate than an equivalent dose of other leading fish oils.
Enjoy fruits in their complete form
Fruits contain nutrients that protect the body from abnormal fat storage and are anti-oxidant (removes damaging particles from the body).
Do a simple cleanse
Our Renew Cleanse supports detoxification, helps leaky gut, and is anti-inflammatory.
Of course, the functional medicine providers at Inspired Health in Bend are here for you! We can help you navigate a NAFLD diagnosis as well as evaluate for the presence of this condition.
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