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What is a fatty liver, symptoms and effects

August 22nd, 2017

There are two main types of Fatty Liver Disease: Alcoholic and Non-alcoholic.

There is considerable press coverage on the Alcohol-fuelled liver problems, and indeed they are serious, but the most common causes of liver problems, and the life symptoms they give come from non-alcohol causes. Alcoholic fatty liver is an early and reversible consequence of excessive alcohol consumption. Nonalcoholic fatty liver is a build up of fat in the liver, usually caused by lifestyle choices of the wrong mix of food and exercise. In most cases, this has been building up over a period of time and more often reflects the need to change habits as you get older, rather than having had the wrong habits.

What Is Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)?

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease describes a range of conditions caused by a build-up of fat within liver cells. Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease can sometimes be harmless to the liver itself in the short-term, but sometimes it may cause the liver to swell. It is a common condition that has many different causes, including some drugs and genetic disorders, although it is mostly caused by lifestyles. The most common causes of serious Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease are obesity, diabetes, and high cholesterol levels, but the start of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease can be from over eating, under exercising or just the wrong mix of food and lifestyle. Fatty Liver Disease is the most common chronic (persistent) liver disorder in western countries such as the US. It is thought to occur in about 1 in 5 adults in the US, and in up to 4 in 5 adults who are obese, often leading to serious liver disease. This only drops to 3 in 5 who are overweight, and the older you are the more at risk you are.

Can My Doctor Tell If I Have Fatty Liver Disease ?

If you have Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, you may feel fullness or pain in the mid or upper right side of the abdomen. Most people do not have any specific symptoms. If you visit your doctor, they may check your blood first and then order a scan of your liver if they have any medical concerns for its health. However as most fatty liver problems can be corrected by changes to lifestyle, now may be a good time to be honest with yourself as to what you ned to do to feel fit and good again.

What Can I Expect if I have Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease ?

For most people, the early onset of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease is medically harmless and does not cause serious health problems. Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease usually does not affect how well the liver works initially, but left unchecked can progress from associated symptoms to full-blown liver disease. However, in some people, Fatty Liver Disease may stop the liver from working correctly at a very early stage. No one can predict who will have early onset problems. It is more likely to happen in people with diabetes or who are very overweight. If in any doubt see your Doctor.

Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease will almost always manifest itself in other ways through the body, for example with abdominal pains, general tiredness, sudden stabbing pains in your sides. Addressing the root cause of the fatty liver will remove all the symptoms too, making you feel better, fitter and more alive than you currently do. It will also help to remove the serious health worries and concerns you will naturally have if you do nothing to halt the advance of a fatty liver.

Having Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease does increase your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. In fact, people with Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease are actually more likely to become ill and die from cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack than from a liver problem. Therefore, you must take it a priority to not underestimate the importance of reducing any ‘lifestyle’ risk factors that increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. For example, not smoking, keeping your weight in check, taking regular exercise, and eating a healthy balanced diet. The Ezra Protocol diet will assist in all these areas and is a good place to start.

How can NAFLD be Treated?

The good news is that people with Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease usually do not need any medical (surgical) treatment. The most important thing is to focus on what has led to the Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and to take measure to prevent ongoing damage before moving into areas covering how to reduce it. Losing weight slowly may reduce the amount of fat in your liver. Losing weight quickly may make things worse as you try to force your body to change rather than slowly adapt.

If your cholesterol and sugar levels are high, your doctor may give you medicine to control them. As with anything to do with the body, slow and steady changes will make much more progress than an attempt to step-change your lifestyle.

In Summary

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease describes a range of conditions caused by a build-up of fat within liver cells. It is very common and in many cases is linked to being overweight. Most people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease do not develop serious liver problems but have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular problems such as heart attack and stroke. If you are overweight, the main treatment advised for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is usually structured program of weight loss and regular exercise in a correct mix such a the Ezra Protocol will give. This not only helps with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease but will help reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular problems.

Disclaimer: This article is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Ezra Protocol has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but make no warranty as to its accuracy. Consult a doctor or other healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions including fatty liver disease.

Treatment for Fatty Liver Disease

August 21st, 2017

Current medical reports for the treatment for fatty liver disease indicate that more than one third of North Americans need treatment for fatty liver disease and if left untreated will progress on to liver inflammation, cirrhosis of the liver, liver failure and liver cancer. The excess fat in your liver massively increases your risk for diabetes, stroke, heart attack, specific cancers and ultimately an early death. Obesity is a very visible symptom of a fatty liver, but most sufferers have symptoms that they just get used to rather than do anything about. Not doing anything about a fatty liver is not an option if you want to regain your health and live longer.
However, fatty liver disease is a condition and not a disease as the name suggests and therefore it can be treated and cured without the need for expensive medication, pills or surgery.

To be clear, Fatty Liver Disease can be reversed with the right treatment.

So How Does a Fatty Liver Get To Be Fatty?

Carbohydrates are sugars that your body needs to survive. Before any carbohydrate can get into your bloodstream, it must be broken down into a single form of sugar. Of all the types of sugars, there are only four, glucose, galactose, mannose and fructose, that can pass from your intestines to your liver. Of these four sugars, only glucose can pass without change from the liver into the normal blood flow. Galactose and Mannose are rapidly broken down in your liver and do not get into your general blood flow. The main sugar that the Liver works on is Fructose, which is converted to glycogen, the storage form of sugar in your liver. This is then fed into your bloodstream in a controlled manner based on your blood sugar level. However, the liver can store only so much glycogen; as soon as the glycogen stores are full, the fructose is then converted to a type of fat called triglycerides. If surplus amounts of triglycerides accumulate in your liver, you develop a fatty liver.

How Your Liver Is Meant To Work

Everyone understands that calories burnt should equal calories in. This is a natural balance and is reflected in the livers conversion of fructose to either glycogen to be burnt as fuel or stored as fat in triglycerides for burning later. As the blood sugars drop, the body calls for the triglycerides to be converted to glycogen and this effectively burns off the stored fat. As the blood sugars rise, there is no further call for glycogen and the liver converts the fructose to fat.

So How Do We Get a Fatty Liver?

The liver is effectively making either fuel or fat based on your blood sugar level. Having a fatty liver prevents the insulin receptors in your cells from responding to the normal insulin in your blood which causes a rise in blood sugar which causes your pancreas to release even more insulin which causes the liver to convert more sugar to fat (triglycerides) which then fills your liver with more fat to cause an even more Fatty Liver. You can see this is a downward cycle that will only end in serious medical problems unless a change is made in diet and lifestyle.
Left unchecked, you develop excess fat in your body, usually around the belly (leading to obesity), high blood sugar (leading to diabetes), high insulin and triglycerides levels (leading to heart attacks) and a greater risk of specific cancers as well as a range of other associated diseases.

So What is the Treatment For Fatty Liver Disease?

The liver will only burn off the fat when it is called to do and that requires the blood sugar to be low enough that the liver starts to burn the triglycerides to raise the blood sugar level.
Whilst exercise is always recommended it is not actually needed in order to treat a fatty liver. Provided you can control the foods you eat it is possible to have a fatty liver diet that does not leave you hungry, and yet always leaves the liver burning away the surplus fat. The aim is to have a slow burn so that your body can manage the gradual changes which is critical to the long-term success and maintenance of the fat loss.

So How Can We Do This?

The full details of what foods and drinks can be consumed as normal and reduce a fatty liver are outlined in a holistic treatment guide for fatty liver called the Ezra Protocol. It outlines the foods that boost blood sugar more than others, and those that can easily be replaced with other common foods items so that your diet is about maintaining a healthy blood sugar level rather than trying to starve yourself. It also outlines the physical and mental areas to examine and improve to give you the best chance at permanent fat loss.

The Ezra Protocol shows that restricting carbohydrates is much more effective than simply cutting calories or limiting fat intake. In medical tests, low-carbohydrate diets lead to greater reduction in fat from a fatty liver and gave longer term sustained weight loss than low calorie diets. By lowering the carbohydrate intake, focusing on those that generate fructose (which is the sugar that generates the fat) you get a sustainable and consistent way of asking the liver to burn fat and also maintain a healthy blood sugar level. The whole purpose of restricting the sugar generating carbohydrates is to keep a non-high blood sugar level so that the liver always burns off more fat than it stores. Following the whole process in the Ezra Protocol will lead to a slow but consistent weight loss, initially from your fatty liver, but then from your whole body, until you reach your ideal in-balance weight. Which is the ideal result for non-surgical treatment for fatty liver disease.

What Does The Liver Do?

August 21st, 2017
The Ezra Protocol is all about improving your health by reducing a fatty liver, but often I am asked ‘what does the liver do?‘  So here is a brief single page view of what the liver does.

The liver is in the upper right part of the abdomen.

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  • Storing glycogen (fuel for the body) which is made from sugars (fructose). When required, glycogen is broken down into glucose which is released into the bloodstream.  The better your liver, the better the fuel delivery will be.  The better you will feel.
  • Helping to remove or process alcohol, medicines, and toxins from the body.  It is vital that this function is not overloaded by excesses so that the liver can work in balance across all its functions.
  • Making proteins that are essential for blood to clot.
  • Helping to process fats and proteins from digested food.
  • Making bile which passes from the liver to the gut down the bile duct. Bile breaks down the fats in food so that they can be absorbed from the bowel.  An underperforming liver may not make enough bile to allow the fats to be broken down, leading to a breakdown in the vitamins absorbed from meals.