2. If You’re Overweight, Shed Some Pounds
Obesity is defined as carrying too much body fat—distinguishable from being overweight, which is defined as carrying more than a healthful weight for your height.
Weight can come from muscle, bone, water, and fat. Researchers have found a definite correlation between obesity and liver disease.
“Obesity has been linked not only to initial stages of the [non-alcoholic fatty liver] disease, i.e., simple steatosis (SS), but also to its severity.From a clinical point of view, obesity has increased morbidity and mortality when combined with NAFLD [non-alcholic fatty liver disease], owing to cardiovascular and liver-specific mortality, including higher HCC [liver cancer] risk. From a therapeutic point of view, weight loss is regarded as the cornerstone for the disease prevention and treatment,” writes a 2017 study. (3)
3. Cut Back on Processed Food
Even if you aren’t overweight or obese, if you eat a lot of processed food, your liver may be suffering for it. Fast and processed foods (including soda) contain inordinate amounts of sugar, salt, trans fat, chemicals, genetically-modified organisms, and other nasty stuff.
Perhaps the worst ingredient for the liver (and every other part of your body) in processed food is high fructose corn syrup, a ubiquitous derived sweetener that is causing liver disease—even in children. (4) The title of one 2015 study on the effect of high fructose corn syrup on the liver wrote:
“Carbohydrate intake and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease: fructose as a weapon of mass destruction”. (5) That’s pretty clear and unusually bold for a scientific study.
Cutting back on processed foods and replacing them with real, whole foods will help heal your liver and you’ll feel better for it.