Dr Oz: Could You Have A Fatty Liver?
It’s no secret that a little too much alcohol can betray your liver, but sugary foods, processed junk, and other unhealthy meals can overload your liver as well. In fact, you could be at risk for fatty liver disease without even knowing it. Fatty liver disease can be deadly, even in those who don’t drink alcohol. The author of “Skinny Liver” Dr Kristin Kirkpatrick explained that so many people, potentially millions, are living with fatty liver but don’t know it, which is why it’s particularly dangerous.
For the most part, there are no symptoms of fatty liver disease. Those most at risk are people who are overweight, those who drink soda, and those with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes. Dr Kirkpatrick explained that it’s not just about losing weight, but it’s about living a healthier lifestyle, including following a better diet.
Because fatty liver disease is potentially deadly, it’s something that needs to be taken care of before symptoms even appear. An ultrasound can be done on the liver to find out if there are fatty deposits in the organ. Other ways to test for fatty liver disease include blood tests, MRI, and a liver biopsy.
Dr Oz: Plan To Reboot Your Liver
Because the liver has an amazing ability to regenerate, and is the only organ to do so, it’s important to jump on your health early and make changes to reverse the damage that has been done. To reduce inflammation, detox the liver, and reduce fat in the liver, Dr Kirkpatrick has just the plan to follow.
The first part of the plan is to cut alcohol and sugar from your diet for at least three days. Then, replace those unhealthy foods with a way to flush out the toxins. Combine warm water, lemon juice, and hot sauce in a fabulous toxin-flushing drink to drink all day long. If you can’t handle the hot sauce, the lemon water is most important.
As for your diet, eat a breakfast rich in probiotics. Dr Kirkpatrick loves yogurt with berries. For lunch, try a leafy green salad made with dandelion greens, topped with a protein like chicken. Finally, for dinner aim for protein with vegetables, like a roast chicken with cauliflower.
If there’s one thing you should be eating to reboot your liver, it’s beets! Beets don’t exactly have a good reputation, but they contain choline which helps with fat metabolism, improves your sleep, and helps with muscle movement. Dr Kirkpatrick makes beet chips because even her toddler will eat them that way. She slices the beets super thin, spreads them on a baking sheet and adds a drizzle of olive oil. Then add herbs of your choice and bake for 15-20 minutes at 375 degrees!