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Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) and why a detox will help

Non alcoholic fatty liver is a silent killer. It is a global concern and affects individuals who do not consume excessive amounts of alcohol or none. NAFLD is the silent accumulation of fat in the liver called steatosis to more severe inflammation and scarring (fibrosis) of the liver called non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). This scarring leads to cirrhosis or liver failure.

A multifactorial process, including chronic stress, a diet low in fibre and rich in simple carbohydrates (white bread, sugary and floury pastries), saturated fats and processed foods contribute to it. This eating behaviour usually leads to lack of exercise motivation, weight gain, obesity and metabolic syndrome (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, insulin resistance).

A detoxification program plays an important role in managing NAFLD. The liver should be clean to detoxify itself and doing a detox program will help your liver clean itself! Follow these steps to get started:

1)Reducing the consumption of saturated fats is key. Choose healthy fats from nuts, seeds, olive oils, avocado, and fish oil.

2)Increase consumption of fibre by filling 3/4 of your plate with vegetables

3)Choose a lean animal protein or a plant based protein

4) Sign up to a fitness program

5) Avoid any alcohol during a detox and limit its consumption to 1-2 units a week or a month thereafter.

A balanced detox program done for at least 2 weeks twice a year could help you lose weight. Your insulin resistance will decrease as a result of the weight loss and you could experience renewed vitality. I encourage you to take action and improve your food shopping habits today!


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