Updated: Jun 7, 2022
What is Fatty Liver Disease?
At first, you need to know what is fatty liver disease.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the term for a range of conditions caused by a build-up of fat in the liver.
It's usually seen in people who are overweight or obese. Early-stage NAFLD can lead to serious liver damage, including cirrhosis if it gets worse. Cirrhosis is a late stage of scarring (fibrosis) of the liver.
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Does Early-Stage Fatty Liver Disease Require A Treatment?
Yes, Early-Stage Fatty Liver Disease requires treatment, especially in thyroid diseases like Hashimoto's or Graves' Disease.
Because your LIVER is VERY IMPORTANT for the conversion of inactive thyroid hormone T4, to its active version T3.
During this process, an iodine molecule is removed from the hormone T4, converting it into its ACTIVE form, T3. For this reason, liver damage is associated with impaired thyroid hormone conversion, which can result in reduced circulating levels of T3. (1).
A low level of T3 is nothing good as it may cause symptoms like weakness and fatigue, difficulty sleeping, increased sensitivity to heat or cold, weight loss or gain, dry or puffy skin, dry, irritated, puffy, or bulging eyes, hair loss, and hand tremors
It can also increase thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH).
How Can We Improve Thyroid Health By Reversing A Fatty Liver Disease?
1. STOP drinking alcohol. Drinking a large volume of alcohol can cause fatty acids to collect in the liver. Sometimes, heavy drinking over a short period, even less than a week, can cause this. There are normally no symptoms, and this stage of the disease is often reversible if the individual abstains from alcohol.
2. What can you drink? Water is an obvious one. Water with ginger is also helpful. Coffee is great, but stick to 1 cup a day, otherwise, it may be inflammatory and may worsen your symptoms. Make sure to go with an organic coffee, to prevent the estrogenic effect of low-quality coffee. Herbal teas are also great. This includes green tea, milk thistle tea, turmeric tea, and ginger tea.
AVOID This Way Of Cooking Your Food In Fatty Liver Disease!
1. Avoid fried foods. Too much fried or salty food is likely to increase calorie intake and can lead to a person developing obesity, a common cause of fatty liver disease. What's more, eating fried foods may lead to an increase in inflammation of your liver, so-called Hepatitis. Inflammation of your liver can prevent or slow down reversing of fatty liver disease.
2. Different ways of cooking your foods are fine. Eat reasonable amounts of raw vegetables as too high quantities can harm your gut and thyroid health, which are linked to liver health. This applies mainly to goitrogenic veggies (limit to less than 150g/5 oz a day).
AVOID These Foods In Fatty Liver Disease!
1. Avoid gluten and dairy as they're inflammatory and can also slow down the therapy of fatty liver disease.
2. Limit grains consumption as they can lead to rapid spikes in blood sugar levels when consumed. Rapid blood sugar spikes and more insulin make it more difficult to treat fatty liver disease.
What To Eat Instead?
1. Instead of gluten, I recommend small quantities of gluten-free grains like rice or gluten-free oatmeal. Potatoes and sweet potatoes are also great.
2. Instead of dairy, I recommend almond and coconut products.
AVOID These Oils In Fatty Liver Disease
1. Avoid soy products, corn, and vegetable oils (Soybean oil, Corn oil, Cottonseed oil, Canola oil, Rapeseed oil, Sunflower oil, Sesame oil, Grapeseed oil). All of these foods are estrogenic and inflammatory. If your liver is not functioning optimally, estrogen can be poorly metabolized and can get reabsorbed in the body, leading to a hormonal imbalance, like estrogen dominance. Estrogen dominance, in turn, affects the thyroid and your liver.
What To Eat Instead?
1. Use coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil (make sure the quality is high), and avocado oil instead. Lard and ghee are also fine.
AVOID The Sugars In Fatty Liver Disease
1. Avoid sugar, honey, agave nectar, date syrup, brown sugar, and processed foods. Too much-refined sugar and high-fructose corn syrup cause a fatty buildup that can lead to liver disease. Honey is not unhealthy but in this case, it's better not to use it, as we have to balance our blood sugar levels.
What Can You Use Instead?
1. Myo-inositol (max. 2g/day), erythritol (Non-GMO and high-quality one), Xylitol (non-GMO, high-quality one from birch trees, preferably from Finland).
AVOID These Fish And Meat In Fatty Liver Disease
1. Factory-farmed meat and farm-raised fish has been shown to contain lower levels of key nutrients and higher levels of fat. Intensively farmed animals can have lower levels of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids (anti-inflammatory) and more unfavorable omega-6 fatty acids (inflammatory). The worst and highest mercury fish include Bluefin tuna, swordfish, farmed salmon, cod, and tilefish.
What Can You Use Instead?
1. Grass-fed meat and wild fish like salmon, wild sardines, Atlantic Mackerel
Consume smaller quantities and high in quality products.
Can Medications Affect Fatty Liver Disease?
Yes, Certain medications can have a negative impact on the liver: corticosteroids, antidepressants, antipsychotic medications, statins, and acetaminophen. Work with a doctor to decrease or stop these medications if possible.
Which Supplements Can Help For Fatty Liver Disease?
Garlic Extract (10-15mg/day, from a 100:1 garlic extract)
Resveratrol (1500 mg/day)
Cinnamon (2 tsp/day)
Quercetin (500 mg/2 times a day)
Vitamin D (dose depends on your blood levels)
Vitamin C (1000 mg/day)
Vitamin E (800 mg/day)
Coenzyme Q10 (250 mg/day)
H-BOSS Turmeric, MSM, Ginger Anti-Inflammatory Formula (2 pills a day)