Fatty Liver Strikes Again!

NAFLD, or non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, is one health condition that’s really making its mark. Affecting nearly 70 million Americans every year, NAFLD occurs when there’s a buildup of excess fat in the liver, which can set the stage for even bigger problems like long-term liver damage and heart disease. So if you or someone you know has been diagnosed with NAFLD, it’s time to listen up!

NAFLD is like an early warning signal that says, “Look out! Danger ahead!” The problem, though, is that NAFLD is often a silent threat. You can’t feel fat accumulating in the liver—it’s usually only discovered when testing for another illness. Increased liver enzymes are the first sign of NAFLD, but because other liver problems can also result in raised liver enzymes, those have to be ruled out first.

So what’s the best way to avoid NAFLD? A healthy diet. Steer clear of the Standard American Diet (SAD), which is loaded with heavily processed, high-fat and high-sugar foods, and step up your intake of fresh fruits and veggies. Eat more fiber, eliminate refined sugars and carbs (including white flour and white rice), add more whole grains and Omega-3s, and avoid saturated and trans fats.

My H.O.P.E. Formula is a great start, since good digestion is just as important as a healthy diet when it comes to keeping your liver—and your whole body—in tip top shape. Just follow this simple, 4-part plan every day: High fiber (at least 35g daily), Omega-3s (2,000mg or more daily), Probiotics (at least 6 billion CFU daily), and digestive Enzymes (with every meal).

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