Does your liver look like an Eskimo’s dinner? This is a question posed by Professor Chris Masterjohn, and it’s something most people don’t think about. But, when they get a diagnosis of fatty liver disease, their life is turned upside down. The condition affects both alcoholics and non-alcoholics, so don’t think you’re safe just because you’re not a drinker. What’s even more amazing is that even those eating an otherwise healthy diet may suffer from it. Here’s what you can do to protect yourself, repair, and reverse this life-threatening condition.

Stop Drinking Alcohol

If you’re a heavy drinker, the first thing you can do to help yourself is to stop drinking immediately. Cold turkey. According to the University of Maryland Medical Centre, the liver’s resiliency is greatly compromised when alcohol is consumed chronically in excessive amounts.

But, as long as the liver hasn’t been scarred, there’s hope for repair. Your liver is one of the most amazing organs in the body, since it can heal and regenerate itself.

Take It Easy On The Sugar

According to Dr. Robert Lustig, sugar is a primary cause of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Pretty much anything with sugar in it can contribute to fatty liver. For this reason alone, it’s a good idea to periodically check your blood sugar, even when you believe you’re eating a healthy diet.

A great option for this is the tried-and-true OneTouch Glucometers, which are available at most drug stores. It will help you monitor your blood glucose levels in a relatively uncomplicated manner. It’s especially important for diabetic and pre-diabetics, but also important for the general population.

Eat More Liver and Eggs

Liver and eggs are the highest known food source of a nutrient called choline. Choline was shown to completely reverse fatty liver in a small study of participants who had the disease. At a dose of 2 grams per day, intravenously, complete resolution of the disease was observed.

What does this mean for you? It means that copious amounts of eggs and beef’s liver may not only not be bad for you, total cholesterol content notwithstanding, it may be absolutely necessary for you to clear your liver and blood of harmful vLDL cholesterol.

Betaine, also known as trimethylglycine or TMG, is a cheap and effective supplement that helps the body spare choline. Folate, in its methylated form, may also help, along with B6. Since many people have an impaired ability to convert methionine (a protein) in the body to choline, and those with fatty liver have an especially difficult time doing this, dietary intake becomes especially important.

Supplement With Choline and B-Vitamins

If you’re not able to get enough choline through dietary sources, your next best bet is a good methylated B-vitamin complex along with supplemental phosphatidylcholine – the form of choline your body recognizes and would produce naturally if it could. Eat more vitamins.

Stop Eating Corn Oil

Interestingly enough, corn oil has been shown to increase incidence and risk of developing fatty liver disease. If at all possibly, stop using this oil completely, and consider using coconut oil in cooking, which has been shown to be protective to your liver.

Robert Drury is a father of four who works in a long term care facility. When he’s not working, he’s writing about what he has learned on the job. You can find his informative articles on many health, family, wellness and lifestyle websites today.

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