Fatty liver disease or hepatic steatosis is a condition caused by extra fat buildup in the liver. It affects roughly 20% to 40% of the world’s population. The primary cause of fatty liver disease is alcohol abuse. However, there are a growing number of cases worldwide, not related to alcohol, known as Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD).
It is usual for your liver to contain some fat, usually around 5% or less by body weight. However, once your liver approaches or exceeds 10% percent fat, you have a fatty liver.
What causes fatty liver?
While you might think that overeating fatty foods cause fatty liver, it is more complicated than diet alone:
Your liver plays a vital role in the metabolism and the breakdown of fats. When something goes wrong in this process, excess fat starts accumulating in your liver.
There is growing evidence that an overgrowth of the yeast bacteria Candida albicans may cause fatty liver disease. Candida is the most common cause of yeast infections in women. Also, it aggressively invades your digestive tract it causes problems with your metabolism, leading to improper fat metabolism.
Your liver stores excess blood glucose (sugar) as glycogen.
If your blood sugar is too high, your liver also converts the excess sugar into fat, which starts accumulating in your liver. Candida thrives on sugar and refined carbohydrates, a diet rich in sugar will increase all of the factors that promote a buildup of fat in your liver.
Your liver is responsible for filtering harmful bacteria and toxins from your blood while also killing germs that enter your body through your intestines. When your liver gets overwhelmed, trying to get rid of toxins, it cannot break down fats, and it holds on to them.
How to fix your liver
- Lose weight. If you are overweight, losing weight is essential. Weight loss is one of the most effective treatments. People who lose 10% of their total body weight can reverse fatty liver disease completely.
- Eat less sugar. Your liver converts excess sugar into fat and stores it. Eating less sugar means your liver works less, converting sugar into fat. Sugar, not dietary fat, is the number one cause of NAFLD.
- Eat fewer simple carbohydrates. White bread, pasta, and rice are examples of simple carbohydrates that your liver converts right away to sugar. Eat more complex carbohydrates, including fiber-rich whole-grain bread, cereals, crackers, and brown rice.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables. Citrus fruits and water can help to eliminate the fatty deposits in your liver. They can also get rid of toxins in your body. You can start feeling better today by eating citrus fruits and drinking water.
- Eat more natural cleansing foods. Examples include lemons, garlic, artichokes, green tea, cabbage, watercress, and any fresh fruit that can detoxify and purify your liver, allowing it to function correctly.