From Pete’s Desk
Many of my clients have been diagnosed with raised liver function tests (LFTs) which is often related to fatty liver.
Elevated liver enzymes (or raised LFTs) are seen in approximately ten percent of the United States population.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has been shown to be the most common cause of elevated liver enzyme.
Doctors often tell patients with fatty liver syndrome to stop drinking alcohol.
They are invariably answered with “but I don’t drink alcohol”.
You don’t have to drink alcohol to have a fatty liver.
The excess sugars your body doesn’t use for energy are stored for future energy if/when food disappears.
One of the first places these are stored is in your liver.
For instance, we convert the flour from one slice of bread to six teaspoons of sugar and we use just one of these for energy.
We store the remaining five!
Your carbohydrate intake affects your glucose metabolism, liver function and your risk of heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes.
Reducing carbs and increasing your intake of healthy fats is a powerful way to support your mitochondrial health and reduce your risk of chronic disease.
Other ways of protecting your liver health include:
- Supplement with Beetflow which contains taurine and nitric acid which helps dilate the biliary tubules to promote bile flow. Wastes are then excreted from the liver. The bile is also required for good fat metabolism
- Purple House Smoothie – At least twice a week, swap out your normal breakfast or lunch for this liver boosting smoothie.
- Swedish Bitters has been around for 500 years. A teaspoon in a drink of water every day, will give your liver much needed support.
- Giving blood — If you are male or a postmenopausal woman, giving blood three to four times a year helps lower your iron level and protect your liver from damage.
Blood loss is the primary way to lower excess iron.
If excess iron is left untreated it may contribute to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and neurodegenerative diseases.
Iron triggers damage by catalysing a reaction with hydrogen peroxide within the mitochondrial membrane, forming hydroxyl free radicals.
These are among the most damaging free radicals and cause severe mitochondrial dysfunction.
This in turn is at the heart of many chronic degenerative diseases.
- Exercising and diet — Exercise helps burn triglycerides for fuel and may help reduce liver fat. Giving your body fats for fuel instead of carbs and sugars (as in a Keto lifestyle) gets your system recognising the stored fats from excess carbs and sugars and it starts using these for fuel. This will eventually unclog a fatty liver.
- Exposure to cold – We are born with lots of brown fat cells which are responsible for maintaining our temperature when we are delivered from the nice warm environment of the womb. These brown fats use white fat as their energy source and if we are born small-for-date and malnourished we won’t be able to maintain our temperature. This happened to our daughter Eve who was born after a very stressful year. She weighed only 5 pounds 14 ounces. She didn’t have a skerrick of fat and needed to be placed in a humidicrib to maintain her temperature because she needed to stay warm.
On the other hand, when we carry too much weight, or have fatty liver syndrome, you can stimulate weight loss by having a cold shower daily.
The water temperature needs to be below 14C and the duration at least 2 minutes.
- Intermittent Fasting – This stimulates the body to look for the fat stores, particularly in the liver. This involves not eating from the evening meal to about 11 am the next morning while just having hydrating fluids (no caffeine or alcohol or sugary drinks)
- Take N-acetylcysteine (NAC) — This is a precursor to glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that helps reduce oxidative stress and is used in the treatment of chronic fatty liver diseases.
- EDTA (Calcium Disodium EDTA), is an amino acid and chelating agent that binds to and removes heavy metals like lead, arsenic, and cadmium from the body. The inert chelated metals are then removed via the urinary tract. This oral chelation supplement helps maintain cardiovascular function and support the liver to help detox.
- Avoid medications — Many drugs and hormones are first metabolized through your liver, including birth control and anabolic steroids — in fact, nearly 50% of all drugs on the market are metabolized by just one enzyme in the liver.41
Over-the-counter (OTC) medication such as panadol and cold and pain remedies are also metabolized through your liver, as are statins, acid blockers, antifungals and certain antibiotics — in all, over 1,000 OTC drugs and herbal medicines have been associated with drug-induced liver injury.
- Avoid alcohol if you have any liver disease — It’s important to drink alcoholic beverages responsibly; however, if you already suffer from fatty liver, alcohol may increase your risk of cirrhosis and destroy your liver cells. We convert alcohol into sugar which is then stored in the liver, aggravating the situation further.
- Optimize your gut — The release of undigested food and bacteria from a leaky gut condition eventually results in liver inflammation. Emerging evidence has suggested a strong relationship between your gut health and your liver.
Your liver receives nearly 70% of its blood supply from the intestines through the portal vein.
Researchers have also discovered up to 75% of those who suffer from chronic liver disease also suffer from microbiome imbalance.
Daily supplementation with a superior pre/probiotic and fermented foods such as Love Your Guts sauerkraut is essential to live and thrive.
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Symptoms of the liver unable to filter the blood of toxins due to it storing too much fat, which impedes bile flow include:
- Skin rashes
- Digestive issues including IBS and inflammatory bowel disorders
- Food intolerances – particularly of fats
- Low energy levels
Dennis came to me following a twelve-month period of scratching himself to pieces, particularly when he heated up at night and after the shower.
He had to sleep in the spare room.
His live bloods and urine and saliva numbers revealed liver stress and not being able to digest fats.
Fat metabolism relies on a good bile flow from the liver.
The wastes were backing up in his system and the skin, which is classified the third kidney was being employed to eliminate these toxins, which in turn caused the terrible itching.
One month after commencing Beetflow and assisting his filters (livers and kidneys) with hydrated blood he was back in his own bed, sleeping soundly.
Dennis did have some other imbalances evident from the tests I ran on his blood, urine and saliva. (I do around 26 tests as part of a Complete Health Analysis.)
These were quickly rectified with some simple modifications to his diet and lifestyle.
All these products are found in the Ultimate Vitality Boost Package.
Below is a link to a video of Dr David Unwin advocating the benefits of LCHF/Keto.
He was voted among the top 50 most influential general practitioners in the U.K. in September 2018.
Please click the link to watch what he has to say.