Today I want to talk about non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) because I’ve noticed that this is turning into a big problem. So much so that it affects an estimated 25% of the population.1
There’s also alcoholic liver disease (ALD) which is caused by consuming too much alcohol.
But people with NAFLD do not consume any or very little alcohol. But they do consume a large amount of another type of food and I’ll tell you about that in a minute.
Both NAFLD and ALD will cause scarring of your liver and can lead to cirrhosis, which can lead to liver problems or failure.
Just remember that your liver is extremely important to your health – both how you look and feel, your immune system, mind, and hundreds of other important daily functions.
So just because you’re not drinking alcohol or taking liver toxic pills does NOT mean that you have a healthy liver – which is why I’m making this article today.
So, why is this or should this be important to you?
In many cases of NAFLD, there are no noticeable symptoms. Swelling in your belly or pain in the upper right side of your abdomen would cause concern. So would fatigue. And of course, an enlarged liver, which would need a doctor’s exam.
Thus, by the time you think or feel you have NAFLD, there’s been too much damage to the liver. Remember, we want to be proactive.
Reversing liver damage is possible, but it’s a lot more work.
Now, I have noticed that some people who have belly fat, especially the harmful, visceral belly fat – the kind that’s inside your organs and causes your stomach to pop out, like a “beer belly” or a pregnant look? These people tend to have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
No clinical proof for this, but just something I’ve observed dozens of times over the years.
So the point here is that it is hard to tell. Doing liver tests don’t always tell you that you have NAFLD. The specific elevated liver enzymes such as ALT and AST could be caused because of stress, exercise, muscle tissue breakdown, taking medications, and so forth.
Not necessarily related to the non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Risk Factors and Causes
Studies have linked insulin resistance to be the strongest risk factor in having NAFLD.
People who are most likely to develop insulin resistance include people who are overweight and/or lead a sedentary lifestyle (don’t move or exercise much).
Other risk factors for NAFLD include:
- high cholesterol levels (and taking statin drugs)
- high triglyceride levels
- use of corticosteroids
- many oral prescription drugs
- sudden weight loss may also raise your risk of NAFLD due to fast fat loss
- poor eating habits of course
As you can see, a lot of people have these problems and thus, why NAFLD is so prevalent these days.
Your primary goal is that you must improve your insulin sensitivity and thus, have lower blood sugar levels.
This means that you need to improve your lifestyle, eat better, and move more.
If you are overweight, you need to slowly lose weight. Again, eat better and exercise.
The more muscle you have and the lower your body fat, the better your insulin sensitivity.
I know this is basic stuff for most of us – eat better and exercise more, but sadly – most people just don’t do it.
However, the main goal here is to improve your blood sugar levels.
This means removing all sugars, including fruit. Do NOT drink any of your calories – no alcohol, no soda, no fruit juice, and so forth. Only water, tea, and small amounts of black coffee.
And there are two very important supplements I suggest you start taking.
Choline and Inositol
The first is Choline and Inositol. These are B-Vitamins.
Take these specifically for fatty liver reasons. Both help dissolve fat in the liver, especially Choline. But both work well together.
Take 500 mg of both, 3x daily with food. Thus, a higher dosage than recommended on the bottle.
They usually come packaged together in one pill. I don’t care what brand you take. There’s nothing special about Choline and Inositol, so get whatever is inexpensive.
Blood Sugar Optimizer
The next thing I highly suggest is you take Blood Sugar Optimizer. This is a product that I take myself for over a decade now. It is great at BOTH improving insulin sensitivity AND healthy blood sugar levels, while also helping improve A1C levels.
Blood Sugar Optimizer contains numerous clinically proven ingredients at the correct, clinically proven dosages.
Not only can it help with NAFLD or ALD, but it’s also great for people who want to avoid diabetes, lose fat, and live healthier lives by having healthy blood sugar levels.
There are lots of products that claim to help with blood sugar levels, but I can honestly say that Blood Sugar Optimizer is the most complete.
I have a special link to the page for more details, about how the ingredients work, the clinical studies, and also free bottle offers.
So there you have it. Improve your liver and you’ll improve your health in so many ways. This is especially important if you are overweight, have blood sugar or cholesterol problems drink alcohol, and take prescription medications — all of which negatively affect your liver and blood sugar levels.