I’m sure you’ve heard the term fatty liver before but do you know what it is, how you got it and how to make it skinny again?!

Before we get into it, do you know what the liver does?

  • Firstly, did you know that it is the second largest organ in the body and weighs approx. 1.5kgs
  • It produces bile that helps with the removal of toxins and harmful substances from our body such as alcohol, drugs, and medications.
  • It helps to break down fats and helps produce energy.
  • During metabolism, the liver converts glucose (sugar from our food) into glycogen and stores it in our body for when we need it.
  • Stores essential vitamins such as A, D, E, K & B12 and will release into the tissues of the body.

Now that you have a general understanding of what the liver does let’s talk about some of the factors that contribute to the liver storing fat, such as:

  • Weight; are you weighing a little more than you should?
  • Are you insulin resistant?
  • Do you have type 2 diabetes?
  • Do you have high levels of triglycerides (fat) in your blood?
  • Are you deficient in Vitamin D, E, B12, A and Folic Acid

 

How do you know if you’ve got a fatty liver? Well, in most cases symptoms only present when the disease has progressed to cirrhosis of the liver. In which case you’ll feel some abdominal pain, slight pain in the upper right side of your belly, nausea, and loss of appetite. However, if you are aware you have a fatty liver (via blood test) then you have the ability to reverse the damage by:

  • Losing weight, especially if you’re a little bigger around the tummy region, through increased exercise
  • Increase your intake of fruit, vegetables, and whole grains
  • Introduce cruciferous veggies/brassicas into your diet. These are; broccoli, brussel sprouts, rocket, kale, cauliflower, turnips, collard greens, mustard greens, and cabbage. Why? Well, these gems contain important substances that support the liver in the removal of unwanted toxins. In addition, they help support the digestive and cardiovascular systems due to their high fibre content.
  • Remove processed foods from your diet
  • Limit or avoid alcohol

 

By nature, the liver is a powerhouse organ and we need to give it the love and respect it deserves. So, nurture it by eating loads of fresh wholesome food and if you are a drinker then reduce the amount you drink or give it up.

One last point, if you are struggling with weight loss then drop me a line as there could be other factors that need to be taken into consideration

Much love

Anne