The liver is one of the essential organs in our body. It performs many functions like making proteins and blood clotting factors, manufacturing triglycerides and cholesterol, glycogen synthesis, and bile production.
The liver is the largest organ in our body among other internal organs. It partially consists of fat as our body stores fat in many areas for energy and insulation.
However, it may be a sign of fatty liver disease if the fat content in the liver is too high. Dietary changes are the first-line treatment for this liver condition.
There are two types of fatty liver disease: alcoholic liver disease and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Pregnancy can also be a cause of fatty liver disease.
Fatty liver disease is responsible for the damage of the liver, preventing it from removing toxins and producing bile for the digestive system. When the liver cannot perform these tasks effectively, it puts a person at risk of developing other problems throughout their body.
Storing vitamins and chemicals that the body requires as building blocks – such as vitamin B12, folic acid, iron required to make red blood cells, vitamin A for vision, vitamin D for calcium absorption, and vitamin K to help the blood to clot properly.
Dietary changes and regular exercise are key ways to manage the fatty liver disease. Some people may need to see a doctor for further treatment.
How to beat Fatty Liver Disease?
Dr. Neerav Goyal, Senior Consultant, Apollo Liver Transplant, Hepatobiliary, and Pancreatic Surgery Unit said, “As far as liver disease is concerned, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C are major major causes for it. Along with that, degraded eating habits and deteriorating lifestyles are some of the reasons for fatty liver. However, it is easy to control it. Exercise, eating a lot of fat diet or maintaining a proper diet can help in avoid fatty liver. You have to avoid cold drinks as they contain a heavy amount of sugar which can lead to fatty liver. You should also try to keep your BMI low. Obese people have a higher risk of having fatty liver”
Superfoods for Liver Detox?
“Food for liver detox includes green vegetables, garlic, carrot, lemon and orange juices. Even cocoa or coffee is very good for the liver. Having 2 to 3 cups of coffee will also help to keep the liver healthy”, suggests Dr. Goyal.
What is the good or bad diet for a healthy liver?
Dr. Goyal explains, “Taking excessive alcohol, having fatty food are bad diets that can damage the liver. Good diet includes green vegetables, garlic, carrot, lemon, soya beans, apple, and other fruits”.