Your liver is important…
Your liver is one of the hardest-working, multi-tasking organs in your entire body. Its roles include:
- detoxifying the blood and cleansing the body of accumulated chemicals, alcohol, excess hormones, medications and toxins
- regulating blood composition to balance levels of protein, fat and sugar
- producing bile and enzymes needed for the digestion of fats
- breaking down and expelling excess hormones to prevent imbalances
- storing extra nutrients including iron, vitamins and minerals
- helping to balance electrolyte levels (like calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium)
What causes fat to accumulate in the liver?
Liver disease and other forms of fatty liver syndrome are caused when the liver stops being able to properly process the many different substances, including fats/lipids, that pass through it daily.
Once fat levels in the liver rise high enough to make up between 5-10 percent of the liver’s total mass, liver disease is diagnosed.
Liver disease is very serious and dangerous, even deadly, and most common among alcoholics, those taking medications long-term, smokers or drug users, and people consuming a poor diet for many years.
The two main types of fatty liver disease are alcoholic liver disease (caused by very heavy alcohol consumption) and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, caused by a combination of factors that are both genetic and lifestyle-related. Having high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, an autoimmune disease or being overweight/obese can all increase your risk for liver damage.
Liver damage causes fat accumulation because it changes the way that fat is absorbed, oxidized and exported from the digestive system. When blood passes through a damaged liver more fat than normal is absorbed, and at the same time not enough is disposed of as liver cells hold onto the excess fat.
Scarring can start to form in the liver, malnutrition and fatigue can increase, inflammation levels can rise and a host of…
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