I have a Fatty Liver- Now what?

Many of my clients have digestive issues and think it is to do with a food they are eating. Sometimes they opt for allergy testing, others get blood work or an ultrasound done to see if there are any serious problems.

More and more clients are been diagnosed with a fatty liver and ask me now what do I do?

What is a fatty liver?

A fatty liver is the result of excess fat in the liver. This fat builds up when a person’s diet exceeds the amount of fat their body can handle. Having a fatty liver can lead to fatty liver disease, which then leads to chronic illnesses. Many who are overweight, have belly fat, are insulin resistant, pre- diabetic and who crave sugars and starches are likely have a fatty liver. Yet many who are ultimately healthy and not overweight are finding they to, have a fatty liver.

Our liver is one of the most important organs in our body. It is located in the upper right part of the tummy and its functions include:

-Helping to remove or process alcohol, medications and toxins from the body

-Stores fuel for the body- the food we eat is broken down into a type of sugar called glucose and we use this for energy. Glucose cannot be stored so it is turned into glycogen which is kept in the  liver. When we need energy it is released in the form of glucose

-Making proteins that are essential for blood to clot

-Making cholesterol

-Making bile, which digests fat

Non- alcoholic fatty liver disease

Most people have no symptoms of having a fatty liver, but some do experience persistent pain in the upper part of the stomach, digestive issues and fatigue. Having a fatty liver is not due to drinking in excess, but is due to the foods that we eat.

70-90 Millions American have a fatty liver and don’t even know it-

What causes a fatty liver?

A fatty liver is not caused by eating healthy fats like coconut oil, avocado, nuts and seeds, but it caused by sugar, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, sodas, fast foods and pre- packaged foods. These foods cause inflammation in your body, which then creates insulin resistance and pre- diabetes. This creates belly fat around your organs and in your liver.

The Standard American Diet is what is causing so many to have a fatty liver.

Having a fatty liver is a huge risk for having a heart attack.

We are now seeing young children with fatty livers – these kids have been drinking soda daily and are at risk for liver failure and even heart attack.

How to reduce your risk for fatty liver- Change your Diet now

-Cut out sugar and high fructose corn syrup ( sodas, pops, ketchup, cookies)fatty liver

-Read labels

-Reduce starch ( processed flours, processed foods)

-Eat more vegetables

-Incorporate healthy oils into your diet- olive oil, macadamia nut oil, avocado oil

– Eat raw nuts and seeds

– Eat wild fish and wild meats or grass fed beef or bison


-Fish Oil Supplements

-Cruciferous Vegetables – broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussel Sprouts

What to do if you have a fatty liver?

All of the above and add in some supplements:

-Milk Thistle

-Lipoic Acid

-N- Acetyl-l-Cysteine

-B Vitamins


As always if you need help with your diet please contact me- You also might want to check out The Gluten Free Sugar Free Way, an online program where you will learn how food plays an integral role in your health. Learn how to change your diet for the better by simply removing 3 foods that cause inflammation in your body which can lead to a fatty liver.

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About the Author

Written by: Shirley Plant
Shirley Plant is a nutritionist and the author of Finally… Food I Can Eat, a dietary guide and cookbook for people with food allergies, and those looking for healthy, tasty recipes. Shirley offers dietary counselling and menu planning through Delicious Alternatives.

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