The liver is the largest internal organ in the body and is responsible a variety of life-sustaining tasks. A critical component of these tasks are metabolic processes, where the liver supports the digestive system, controls blood sugar and blood flow, and regulates fat storage.
The liver is able to distinguish between the nutrients your body needs to absorb and the dangerous substances that need to be filtered out of your bloodstream.
In a healthy liver there should be very little or no fat at all. When fat builds up in the cells of your liver, it results in fatty liver disease, which can be caused by drinking too much alcohol or it may be related to health issues such as obesity or diabetes. Fatty liver disease can sometimes lead to serious liver problems, such as liver cancer and cirrhosis.
The two main types of fatty liver disease include:
• Alcoholic liver disease
• Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
Alcoholic liver disease
Drinking too much alcohol, over many years causes alcoholic liver disease. Alcohol can cause inflammation of the liver, which over time can result in scarring and eventually cirrhosis. Cirrhosis is the end result of chronic liver damage caused by many types of chronic liver disease.
Although alcoholic liver disease is not evident in all heavy drinkers, the chances of getting liver disease rise, the longer you have been drinking and the more alcohol you consume.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is becoming one of the most common types of liver disease and if not effectively treated can lead to serious health problems. The most common cause of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is obesity, often associated with insulin resistance. In fact it is now as common as alcohol as a cause of liver cirrhosis. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is often more diagnosed in people with diabetes and is more common in men than in women.
As is the case with alcoholic liver disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease can lead to inflammation of the liver and scarring, which can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer. There are other things that can cause fatty liver disease in addition to diabetes and obesity; these include high cholesterol, some medicines and rapid weight loss.
How to detoxify the liver
It’s fairly obvious that the liver is happiest when you consume a healthy diet of whole foods, including those that naturally detoxify the liver. Examples of such foods include; leafy green vegetables, cruciferous vegetables, beets, apples, lemons, tomatoes, artichokes and asparagus. The reality is that in our fast-paced world, this is not always the case. Therefore if you are diabetic, overweight, have high cholesterol or regularly consume alcohol, then you are at risk of fatty liver disease.
A simple blood test can be used to detect fatty liver disease and if treated effectively, this condition is reversible. It is for this reason that ZippHealth has made the decision to use the advice, knowledge and protocols of the medical genius, Dr Daniel Weber PhD MSc. Dr Weber is an authority on scientific Chinese medicine and has an extensive body of clinical trials in the treatment of fatty liver disease.
If you would like to be tested for fatty liver disease and stop any further damage please call ZippHealth on 011 792 1616.