by Dr. Aaron Zadek ND, CISSN Dietary fiber plays an important role in maintaining gut health and function. Fiber is useful in helping feel full after meals, ensuring our bowel movements are regular as well as stimulating the growth of healthy bacteria to allow the gut microbiome to thrive. It is important that fiber, both soluble and insoluble, is included in everyday consumption to ensure optimal gut health (1). These fibers are found in a variety of different foods as well as prebiotic and full fiber supplements that can be used in times of bowel irregularity or for general health
Many people believe that you can only get fatty liver disease if you abuse alcohol. In fact, another form of liver disease called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, can develop in people who consume little or no alcohol at all. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is an insidious condition that creeps up on you. It can develop in your body over years, showing very few to no symptoms.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is commonly associated with people who suffer from obesity. A buildup in fat in the liver, where excess fat is stored, causes this dangerous condition. Left untreated, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease leads to cirrhosis of the liver, liver fibrosis and, ultimately, liver failure.
Heightened Risk Factors of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
If you are just a little overweight, you may not have to worry about non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. However, if you have one or more of the following risk factors, a visit to the doctor is warranted.
● BMI of more than 29
● Waist measuring more than 35 inches for women and more than 39 inches for men
● Existing Type II Diabetes
● High blood pressure over 130/85
● Insubstantial diet, with lots of processed foods and sugar
Symptoms of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is known as a silent killer, meaning symptoms can be non-existent. However, some symptoms may indicate non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Talk to your doctor if notice any of these symptoms:
● Chronic fatigue
● Yellow pallor on skin
● Yellowed whites of the eyes
● Tenderness in the upper right abdomen
● Elevated liver enzymes (can be discovered with a blood test)
Preventing Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
There are steps you can take now to prevent the onset of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. These will also help to treat the condition if you’ve already developed it. In that case, though, you still need a doctor’s treatment.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Obesity is closely related to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Undertake steps to manage weight, including exercise and a healthy diet. Consider a weight management supplement such as fiber. Fiber helps you feel fuller longer, plus it improves gut health.
Eat Whole Foods
Transform your diet from processed, sugary foods to whole foods. Make time to cook from scratch and bring home-cooked meals to work each day. Avoid high-fructose corn syrup by making as much as you can from simple ingredients.
Supplement With Effective Nutrients
L-Carnitine, Betaine, and Vitamin E have all been scientifically proven to support healthy liver function. Take these as instructed for optimum liver health.
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