Here I go again about the liver!
I might seem to be somewhat obsessed about my liver (lol!) but the more I read, the more I become concerned about my “Fatty Liver Disease”. According Dr. Sandra Cabot, fatty Liver can:
- Ruin your health
- Make you overweight
- Stop you from losing weight
- Make you diabetic
- Cause cirrhosis and liver failure.
Well, folks, I don’t have good health, I’m extremely overweight with a BMI of 49, its almost impossible for me to lose weight, I’m already diabetic, and while I do not have cirrhosis or liver failure – that’s in my future if I don’t do something about it. We only have one liver and when it fails, the only solution is a liver transplant. I certainly do not want to come to that stage.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) currently affects up to 20% of Americans and studies showed that in 2009, it was estimated that up to 6% of school age children suffer from NAFLD (giving them a possible future of diabetes, liver disease and eventually liver failure). This disease is usually caused by incorrect diet (those high in refined carbohydrates and unhealthy fats, low in fresh plant food-fruits and vegetables and legumes and those low in antioxidant nutrients like vitamin C and selenium) and excess consumption of alcohol and more recently over-prescription of drugs.
Since the liver is a hearty organ, symptoms of liver problems can be vague and slow to recognize early on. Feeling under the weather and tired, overweight , irritable, moody, poor memory and problems keeping up with life along with poor sleep are some symptoms. I have all of these symptoms, am diabetic, plus confirmation from a liver scan that I have a fatty liver; and my blood pressure has begun to slowly rise.
Your liver, when healthy, acts as a filter to cleanse the blood stream and send healthy clean blood to the heart. But a fatty liver is blocked from cleaning the blood and so blood returns to the heart full of unhealthy fats and toxins, even cancer cells, bacteria, parasites and fungi , which in turn damage your heart and your immune system.
At least the liver is the organ most able to repair and renew itself with the right tools, so its never too late. I’m determined to cure my fatty liver, using Dr. Cabot’s methods. She says that the liver is able to repair itself and grow new healthy liver cells and in one to two years, I will be able to reverse the fatty damage to my liver. Shje also says that I should lose significant amounts of weigh within several months and add many years to my life.
My Taking Action Plan
My plan of attack is:
- Stop microwaving food in plastic containers – using glass only
- Stop drinking my occasional glass of wine.
- Take a liver tonic – in my case, Dr. Cabot’s Livatone Plus
- Increase my consumption of raw fruits and vegetables through salads and smoothies
- Increase my intake of water and raw vegetable juice
- Eat foods high in the mineral sulfur (eggs, onions and calciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage, watercress and kale)
- Eat carrots, beetroot, celery, asparagus and radishes
- Eat fruits like rhubarb, citrus, blueberries, strawberries and apples.
- Eat low carb (no sugar, refined and/or bleached floor – no grains for 3 months).
- Eat good protein like plain yogurt, organic eggs, fresh seafood and canned seafood, cheeses like cottage, feta, Romano, Parmesan, free range poultry, lean red meat and protein power.
- Eat healthy fats like those found in seafood, cold pressed olive, nut and seed oils, eggs, raw nuts and seeds and Omega 3 essential fatty acids.
- Drinking water, dandelion coffee, tea (black, white, milk thistle and green) and raw vegetable juice
I am in week one of my 8-week liver cleanse and an ready to experience some of the health improvements and weight loss. I’ll be reporting my experience with this way of eating (WOE) in the coming weeks.
I give credit for much of this material to Dr. Sandra Cabot and her book “Fatty Liver You Can Reverse It.”
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