Steatosis is a disease that is better known as fatty liver. It starts when the amount of accumulated fats in the liver goes over 10 percent. It is most common among people over 50 years, but it also affects people struggling with diabetes as well as younger people that drink excess amounts of alcohol. It is a disorder that can be treated successfully but it’s very important to notice the symptoms and start the treatment before it’s too late.
WHAT DOES LIVER DO
Liver is the biggest red brown organ in the stomach cavity. It is positioned on the right side under the diaphragm. It is rich in vitamins, minerals, healthy sugars and fats that our body needs for normal functioning. Liver is also known as the main laboratory of the organism because it produces nutrients from all unhealthy fats that we eat. it is the organ that filtrates and helps expelling toxins out of the organism.
When the amount of fat that is stored in the organ reaches 5 percent of its mass then your liver becomes fatty. Fatty liver is not a serious disease but it is a form of inflammation that can lead to serious diseases if it’s not treated properly.
SYMPTOMS AND CAUSES OF FATTY LIVER
The amount of fats in the liver increases slowly and without any visible symptoms. Lack of symptoms in the early stage is the main reason this disorder is very hard to diagnose and treat.
Some of the most common symptoms that can help diagnosing fatty liver are pain in the right upper part of the abdomen, chronic tiredness and appetite and weight loss. There are patients that also experience lowered ability to concentrate and focus on simple daily tasks.
Experts say that long term alcohol abuse is one of the main cause of fatty liver, but this disease can also triggered with genetics, as well as obesity. People that have diabetes as well as patients that deal with lowered sensibility to insulin are also at increased risk of fatty liver. People that use corticosteroids and anti cancer medication are also at risk of this disorder as well as those that are constantly eating fast and processed food.
FATTY LIVER AND NUTRITION
healthy and well balanced nutrition is the key in beating this disorder. Our liver has the ability to regenerate itself but the process of reversing fatty liver is not easy and fast.
When diagnosed with fatty liver first thing you need to do is remove certain food groups from your daily menu.
First remove all kind of animal fats as well as processed meat products and also milk and dairy products. Fried and deep fried food is the worse choice you can make. Don’t eat biscuits, cake, cookies, chocolate, white bread and pastry. Pasta, rice mayonnaise, butter. Less coffee is more so reduce the caffeine intake and completely forget about cigarettes, alcohol and sodas.
Your healthy diet should be of foods that are healthy and rich in antioxidants that can help detoxification of the organism and speed up the repairing of the liver. Your nutrition should be based on fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain cereal as oats, millet, spelt. You can also include legumes, nuts and seeds. Use cold pressed flax seeds or olive oil. You can eat skinless white meat as chicken and turkey as well as fish. Drink a lot of water, fresh squeezed juice and herbal tea.
NATURAL REMEDIES FOR FATTY LIVER
Alternative folk medicine has various effective remedies that can successfully treat fatty liver. All of them are available as supplements but also in natural form that can be used to make tea or similar treatments.
Plant that is known as Silybum marianum or milk thistle is very effective in treating fatty liver. It contains powerful flavonoid called sylimarin. It is antioxidant that improves regeneration of the damaged cells in the organs and at the same time protects the healthy cells. You can find it in a form of supplements you can use as an addition to your nutrition and you can also prepare tea from milk thistle seeds. Pour a glass (200 ml) of water over 1/2 teaspoon of milk thistle seeds and warm up until it starts to boil. Remove from heat and set aside to cool down for 30 minutes. strain and drink before a meal.
Arctium or burdock is another rich source of sylimarin which is effective remedy for reversing fatty liver. You can use the seeds as well as root of the plant to prepare the tea. Just pour 250 ml of boiling water over a tablespoon of chopped burdock root. Drink 2-3 times a day for about 14 days and then stop with the use.
2-3 cups of green tea a day will help you with your damaged and fatty liver. Green tea contains wide range of powerful antioxidants. It also contains a group of specific antioxidants known as catechines. They regenerate and protect the cells and also help with obesity which can be a trigger for fatty liver.
Dandelion is another powerful natural remedy that can help you with fatty liver. Even though every part of this plant has amazing health benefits it is recommended to use dandelion root for this condition. Dry and mince the root. Pour a cup of boiling water over 2 teaspoons of the resulting powder. 3 cups a day is the recommended amount of dandelion tea you should use to restore your liver.
Whey is a side product that results in cheese production process. It is a liquid that contains mostly water and wide range of vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids and enzymes that are very important for healthy organism. About ½ liter of whey daily will completely regenerate your liver and reverse fatty liver and at the same time improve the general health of your organism.
Garlic is known as nature’s most powerful antioxidant. It contains phytochemical known as alicin which effectively fights all kinds of inflammations that happen in the organism and it can also deal with fatty deposits in the organism. Adding garlic to your meals will improve and speed up the regeneration of your liver. Be careful with garlic if your blood pressure is low.
Turmeric is very healthy spice, packed with amazing antioxidant known as curcumin. It improves regeneration of damaged cells and elimination of toxins of the organism. Use it as tea or just add it in a smoothie, or your food. Avoid turmeric if you are using anti coagulants.