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Dietary Regulation for Preventing Fatty Liver Disease

What is a fatty liver condition?

medical illustration showing a healthy liver and one affected by fatty liver diseaseExcess fat in the hepatic cells leads to a condition known as fatty liver. Due to exceeding amounts of dietary fat, a person slowly builds up fatty tissue in his body. While the fat accumulation is a benign condition, it can gradually cause liver inflammation and possible scarring in the vital organ. A fatty liver disease can be a result of excess alcohol consumption or a progressive complex liver disease caused due to excess fat intake through diet.

How does a diet play an important role?

The fatty liver condition is strongly associated with insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome. When a person has obesity, he or she is more prone to a metabolic disorder due to insulin resistance and dyslipidemia. A combination of symptoms caused due to metabolic syndrome and poor diet can increase the risk of many chronic degenerative diseases in a person.

Can nutrition therapy help?

Studies on the effects of nutritional therapy on the metabolic syndrome conditions claim that an optimal diet plan can significantly improve a person’s health and prevent fatty liver diseases. A diet rich in whole grains, fresh vegetables, lean protein and lots of fluid can help a person in achieving weight loss through caloric restriction, recover from NAFLD and improve his overall health. Evidences from several medical studies also prove that dietary compositions can directly influence the development of a non-alcoholic fatty liver condition in a person. There’s evidence that nutrients from a good diet can decrease the levels of liver inflammation, improve insulin resistance and boost fat burning by using serum lipids.

Diet plans to prevent fatty liver:

1. Raw plant food:
Raw plant foods are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that help a person in losing weight. When following a diet for fat reduction and weight loss, including raw vegetables and fruits in the diet is highly recommended. Because certain fruits and vegetables are low in sugar, they help in fighting insulin surge and metabolic disorders. Plus, a daily dose of high fiber helps in losing more fat eventually.

2. Cooked vegetables:
A portion of the meal should include different varieties of nutritious starchy and non-starchy vegetables. Instead of eating processed sugary foods, desserts and breads, include these cooked vegetables. These vegetables fulfill your total carbohydrate requirement for each day.

3. Lean protein:
The idea of including 1/3 of protein in your diet is always ideal to maintain your health and supply your body with essential amino acids. When it comes to choose the right proteins, stick to the lean protein varieties. Any seafood, poultry, eggs and legumes come under this category. Vegans and vegetarians can opt for a plant or dairy based protein supplement. Avoiding fried and broiled meat is good while following this diet plan for preventing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

A professional approach to treat your existing metabolic and gastrointestinal problems is always advised. At GI North, patients will be able to learn, understand and treat their metabolic and gastrointestinal problems. Experienced GI North gastroenterology specialists, Simon R. Cofrancesco and bilingual Dr. Sergio Quijano offer an easy and effective care plan for each patient with digestive problems. From diagnosis to advanced technological care and custom treatment plans to dietary changes, patients can expect to find world-class treatment and individualized attention from both Dr. Cofrancesco and Dr. Quijano at GI North. While the office is located at Cumming in north Georgia, the center also serves many patients from Alpharetta, Dahlonega, Dawsonville, Duluth and Johns Creek, Milton, Suwanee, and Canton.

Reference:

A Liver Cleansing Diet Menu: Eat for Good Health

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