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How to Detox a Fatty Liver

author image Maura Shenker
Maura Shenker is a certified holistic nutritionist and health counselor who started her writing career in 2010. She leads group workshops, counsels individual clients and blogs about diet and lifestyle choices. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, a Master of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University and is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
How to Detox a Fatty Liver
Alcoholism is a common cause of fatty liver disease. Photo Credit moodboard/moodboard/Getty Images

Fatty liver disease is a build-up of fats, mainly triglycerides, in your liver, This common conditions is normally asymptomatic, but a few people may have slight abdominal pain or fatigue. Your doctor may discover that your liver is inflamed during a routine physical examination. In rare instances the inflammation may lead to scarring or cirrhosis of the liver, which may be fatal. A combination of diet and exercise may help detox a fatty liver.

Step 1

How to Detox a Fatty Liver
Maintain a healthy weight. Photo Credit Warren Goldswain/iStock/Getty Images

Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity, type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome are all risk factors for fatty liver disease. About 20 percent of overweight people have fatty liver disease, according to the Better Health Channel.

Step 2

How to Detox a Fatty Liver
Substitute olive oil for butter. Photo Credit Hue/amanaimagesRF/amana images/Getty Images

Lower your dietary cholesterol intake and triglyceride levels. Triglycerides are the form in which fats exist in the body; excess calories that are not used for energy right away are stored as this form of fat in your cells. The American Heart Association suggests substituting mono- and poly-unsaturated fats for saturated and trans fats. For example, use olive oil instead of butter and eat salmon rather than beef.

Step 3

How to Detox a Fatty Liver
Talk with your doctor about current medications you're on that could contribute to liver inflammation. Photo Credit Catherine Yeulet/iStock/Getty Images

Avoid alcohol and drugs, which tax the liver and add stress on the organ, making detox harder, and alcoholism is a known cause of fatty liver disease, Better Health Channel states. Consult with your doctor about your current medications, as some prescription medications contribute to inflammation of the liver.

Step 4

How to Detox a Fatty Liver
Exercise at least five days per week. Photo Credit AID/a.collectionRF/amana images/Getty Images

Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week at a moderate level. This will help keep your weight and insulin levels under control and reduce triglycerides. Fatty liver disease is associated with insulin resistance, even in people at a healthy weight who do not have diabetes, according to a 2000 Italian study from Department of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology researchers, G. Marchesini et al., at the University of Bologna.

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