Protect Your Liver Health with This One Thing

It’s hard to rank one’s vital organs in order of importance; each plays a crucial role in health and survival. But one that does not receive its fair share of notoriety is the liver.

To maintain a healthy liver, there’s not necessarily a lot you have to do—it’s pretty resilient. But it is sensitive to fat accumulation. A liver that’s over five-percent fat is a “fatty liver,” which has the potential to impair performance and boost the risk for high triglycerides, insulin resistance, and metabolic syndrome.

Far from two sources, excessive alcohol consumption and weight gain, and the obesity epidemic are fuelling the rise of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) cases. Roughly a quarter of US adults have NAFLD, and half of obese people do.

Losing weight, however, may offer big-time benefits for liver health. One review published last summer in JAMA Internal Medicine found that losing seven-percent of body weight—while maintaining weight loss—can have long-term improvements for NAFLD. The review also noted that the modality didn’t matter, as long as weight came down. So, whether you’re deciding to make better food choices, eat less, or boost output, it can all have a positive effect on liver health.

In addition to shedding some pounds, there are some techniques that may aid your efforts. One is to cut down on calorically-dense sugary foods. These foods contribute to fat gain around the midsection, which is closely associated with poor liver health. Opting for a high-nutrient low-calorie diet is often recommended and can take a lot of pressure off your liver’s workload.

Some specific foods that are associated with improved liver health include:

  • Coffee
  • Oatmeal
  • Green tea
  • Berries
  • Garlic
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes

When it comes to liver health, one thing to be wary of are “detox diets.” Liquid detoxes will not aid your liver health—or detox your body. Instead, focus on making longer-term lifestyle adjustments with your liver in mind.


Author Bio

Mohan Garikiparithi got his degree in medicine from Osmania University (University of Health Sciences). He practiced clinical medicine for over a decade before he shifted his focus to the field of health communications. During his active practice he served as the head of the Dept. of Microbiology in a diagnostic centre in India. On a three-year communications program in Germany, Mohan developed a keen interest in German Medicine (Homoeopathy), and other alternative systems of medicine. He now advocates treating different medical conditions without the use of traditional drugs. An ardent squash player, Mohan believes in the importance of fitness and wellness.

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https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2737321
https://www.liver.ca/patients-caregivers/liver-diseases/fatty-liver-disease/

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