Currently, about 80 million U.S. residents suffer from Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
This means about 1 in 3 people have excessive fat in their liver as well as their body.
This disease is strongly linked to obesity, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
Having NAFLD could lead to serious health conditions, including liver failure and liver cancer.
Therefore, it is important to have a healthy liver.
In a recent post, hepatologist and the medical director of Michigan Medicine’s liver transplantation program, Robert Fontana, M.D., provide tips to improve liver health in daily life.
The first important way people can get a healthier liver is through their diet.
There should be a reduction in carbohydrates and total calories, which can lead to improvements in the fat stored in the liver.
To help maintain a good clean liver diet, people can do grocery shopping three times weekly for fresh foods and avoiding vending machines.
In addition, people should skip the high-fat, high-sugar “Western” diet that can be a source of liver inflammation.
It is also important to avoid all alcohol. Alcohol is not good for the liver, particularly in patients with the pre-existing liver disease.
People should also avoid herbal and dietary supplement.
This is because there is no medical evidence that these dietary supplements people take to keep themselves well make their liver healthier
In his recent study, he found a substantial rise in drug-induced liver injury from over-the-counter herbal and dietary supplements.
The study also revealed that 40% to 50% of the ingredients listed on many commonly used supplements are mislabeled.
Besides a liver-friendly diet, regular physical activity is another important way to boost liver health.
Aerobic exercise helps burn carbohydrates, fats, and proteins — and that leads to the liver processing them more efficiently.
The researcher suggests that people do it two to three times a week and be dedicated to it.
Having realistic goals of exercise is important for the long-term benefit.
Guideposts that can show one is making progress and moving in the right direction can be quite helpful. Sometimes people need a coach with a medical perspective.
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