When it comes to liver health we need to mention that one of the most frequent diseases that occur in this organ is steatosis or you might know it as fatty live disease. It happens on account of increased amounts of fat deposits in the liver which can lead to a number of health issues and end up with liver failure.
Liver’s steatosis – fatty liver
The liver is one of our most important organs. It plays a significant role in breaking down fats, in maintaining normal blood sugar level, in the production of enzymes and retention of important vitamins, minerals and glycogen. No other vital organ can replace the liver.
The minimum amount of fat does not have negative impact on your health. However, if the fat makes up more than 5-10% of the liver’s weight, it means that you suffer from fatty liver disease. The most common reason for fatty liver disease is excessive use of alcohol (alcoholism).
Fatty liver symptoms
It’s very important to pay close attention to your body because this disease is called a “silent disease” – its symptoms are hardly noticeable. It can even take a few years for some people to notice that they suffer from fatty liver. If it comes to the development of the disease, you can get atypical symptoms, such as:
- Appetite loss
- Problems with concentration
Also, a pain can appear in the central and upper part of the abdomen, dark stains on the skin (most often in the upper part of the hands), as well as enlarged liver, which can be seen on ultrasound.
In alcoholics these symptoms can only get worse if they continue with the consumption of alcohol. Fatty liver can be detected, or even prevented in persons who do not consume alcohol.
How to treat this health condition?
There is no cure for fatty liver; there are only treatments that can prevent, reduce and control the disease. When the disease is discovered, it is necessary to immediately stop consuming alcohol. Also, people with excess weight problem should as soon as possible lose weight. Regular exercising, proper nutrition and physical activity can help in improving the condition.
What kind of diet you should practice?
Apart from reducing calorie intake, it is necessary to reduce the intake of processed products which contain carbs as the white bread, potatoes, pasta, sugar, corn and trans fats. Margarine, butter, sour cream for cooking and meals prepared with oil is something you must forget.
Also, it is also recommendable to avoid drugs are not necessary and you can function without them.
Finally, if you have a problem with fatty liver, herbalists recommend this tea which can help in controlling the disease.
Dandelion tea (fatty liver)
- 2 tablespoons of chopped dandelion root
- 2 dl of water
Bring the water to boil and add the dandelion roots. Cover the pot with a lid and leave it to simmer for some 20 minutes. Strain the liquid and consume it twice a day, in the morning and in the evening.
- 20 grams of yarrow
- 20 grams of clover
- 20 grams of corn silk
- 20 grams of calendula
- 20 grams of hops
- 20 grams of nettle
- 2,5 dl of water
Mix all the ingredients together and take a tablespoon of the mixture and add it to the boiling water. Leave it aside for a few minutes and drink the tea without sweeteners.