Having a fatty liver or want to prevent yourself from it. Follow these amazing ways to heal or prevent a fatty liver.
Remove hydrogenated oils
We know hydrogenated oils are some of the most inflammatory foods on the planet and remember this–your liver deals with fat. Your liver actually produces bile and helps you break down and digest fat, so if you’re consuming inflammatory bad fats on a regular basis, that’s going to cause liver inflammation, can back up the liver and the gallbladder, causing a fatty liver and toxicity in your body.
Now, some of the main hydrogenated oils you want to stay away from including any type of vegetable oil that has been heated or processed, specifically soybean oil, cottonseed oil, corn oil and even in certain regards canola oil is partially hydrogenated. So, again, those vegetable oils you want to stay away from completely, those will cause a fatty liver in the body.
Now, the good news is there are some good and healthy fats you can do that we’ll cover, things like coconut oil, ghee, even animal fats that are organic tend to be much better on the body. Of course, flaxseed oil is a better option as well. But stay away from these hydrogenated oils. They’re high in omega-6 fats. Them being hydrogenated as well is going to cause that liver inflammation, which will cause that fattiness to build up in your liver over time.
Now, that’s just as inflammatory as hydrogenated oil is processed sugar. Now, if we’re talking about a little bit of raw local honey or fruit, those types of sweeteners your body can deal with much better, but processed sugar is very inflammatory to your entire body, including your liver.
Your liver is actually also really closely connected to insulin production in your body. It works with your pancreas at keeping your blood sugar levels balanced. If you consume too much sugar, it stays in your bloodstream and sugar will cause inflammation and it can cause systemic inflammation throughout your body. But that’s one of the biggest things that will cause your body to start to accumulate these bad fats surrounding your organ issues over time.
Sugar is also the biggest culprit when it comes to weight gain. If you’re overweight, one of the great things is by getting sugar out of your diet, not only is going to help you heal a fatty liver, it’s also going to help you in losing weight and feeling great.
Veggies and fruits
Fruits and vegetables are very cleansing to your liver and to your gallbladder. So, fruits and vegetables, they really don’t have any fat in them for the most part. They’re just going to be high in phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals. They’re going to naturally cleanse the liver.
So, whether you’re doing vegetable juices, fermented vegetables like sauerkraut can be great. These are going to be very cleansing to the liver.
Bone broth contains an amino acid called glycine, which is actually responsible for supporting your liver and the detoxification process and healing the liver. Again, if you’re consuming a lot of animal meats such as chicken or beef but you’re not getting those tendons and ligaments in broths, you’re missing crucial amino acid in glycine, which supports liver detoxification. At least one cup of bone broth or a scoop of bone broth powder protein every single day.
Organic chicken liver
In Chinese medicine, it was known that when you consumed a body part of an animal, it actually nourished that tissue of your own body. You know that chicken liver is very high in B-vitamins, especially vitamin B12, very high in healthy levels of iron. These nutrients, especially these B-vitamins are crucial for liver detoxification.
So, if you want to support liver detoxification and get nature’s ultimate B-vitamin, organic chicken liver, you can buy this at your local farmers market, buy it at health food stores, buy it online as well, you could have it shipped to your home, or you can buy it in tablet form as a desiccated liver tablet. But again, try and buy organic anytime you’re doing chicken liver.
Again, this is actually the food that’s highest in B-vitamins of any food out there today. In fact, it’s more nutrient dense that kale and spinach if you look at all the nutritional factors found in chicken or beef liver.
Coconut and flax seed oil
Now, coconut oil is easier for your body to digest than other oils, especially for your liver. So, your body has to go through a more lengthy process in breaking down fats when it comes from a monounsaturated fat or a polyunsaturated fat such as almonds or avocados or olive oil versus coconut oil, these are called medium chain fatty acids.
Now, one benefit, they’re antimicrobial in nature, but also your body only has to go through a three-step process to burn them and utilize them for energy.
So, coconut oil when you’re cooking should you be the go-to oil you’re using on a regular basis. I would also say using coconut milk can be great if you’re looking for milk or fat substitute.
And then flaxseed oil. Now, you don’t want to do large amounts of flaxseed oil, about a tablespoon once or twice a day with a little bit of lemon juice can actually naturally help cleanse your gallbladder as well as your liver, helping heal a fatty liver.
Milk thistle is sort of the ultimate detoxifier of the body. It contains a compound called silymarin, which is actually you typically want to consume 150 milligrams twice a day. You can do that in capsule form or do it as herbal tea is greatly beneficial.
Now, turmeric contains two compounds, one being curcumin, another one being turmerone, but curcumin specifically has been shown to help cleanse the liver as well as the kidneys, helping reverse a fatty liver.
This is another principle of Chinese medicine. Sour foods help support it’s called tonifying or strengthening the over actions of your liver. So, sour foods think sauerkraut, granny smith apples, kimchi, kombucha, natto, any food that is really more sour in nature, different types of berries, blueberries would be an example of this as well, but sour foods help support cleansing of the liver.
And a couple more of my favorite sour foods would be citrus fruit such as lemons and limes as well as apple cider vinegar. These are very, very cleansing to the liver as well and can help reverse a fatty liver.
Now, bitter foods actually cause your liver and gallbladder to release bile, which in turn releases toxins from your body. So, bitter foods, dandelion greens, arugula, watercress, these are bitter in nature.
Other bitter foods include a lot of herbs such as dill and dandelion are very bitter in nature as well. These are great things to add to your diet. Cumin is another herb that’s bitter in nature. So, doing lots of herbs and spices in your diet.
One thing I’d recommend here as well is drinking dandelion tea. Dandelion and milk thistle tea throughout your day, these are very bitter, but also help your body in dumping and releasing those toxins that can be stored up in your liver and over tissues in your body.
Build peace in your life
Now, within Chinese medicine, they know and have studied that the emotions of frustration, anger and impatience, and forgiveness. Those are the biggest things that will cause your liver to store toxins and not release and cleanse and function properly.