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How to Get Liver Enzymes Back to Normal Levels

by
author image Tammy Dray
Tammy Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications including Woman's Day, Marie Claire, Adirondack Life and Self. She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Dray is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.
How to Get Liver Enzymes Back to Normal Levels
Alcohol can cause an imbalance of liver enzymes. Photo Credit Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images

A number of medical conditions, medications and lifestyle choices can lead to elevated liver enzymes. Heavy drinking, hepatitis and obesity are very common causes. You might also suffer from nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, a heavy accumulation of fat in the liver. Your doctor can help uncover the cause of the high enzyme levels and recommend the appropriate treatment.

Step 1

take doctor prescribed medications
take doctor prescribed medications

Take any prescription medication your doctor gives you. If you’re suffering from a gallbladder infection or inflammation, hypothyroidism, mononucleosis, pancreatitis or other medical problem, your doctor might prescribe antibiotics or anti-inflammatories to help resolve the problem.

Step 2

tobacco contains toxins that are bad for the liver
tobacco contains toxins that are bad for the liver

Stop smoking and drinking or reduce these to a minimum. Both alcohol and tobacco contain toxins that are bad for the liver, especially when your liver enzymes are already elevated. Alcohol can also increase fat accumulation in the liver.

Step 3

avoid sweets if you are overweight
avoid sweets if you are overweight

Reduce your calorie intake if you’re overweight. According to the Hepatitis Foundation International, an excess of calories, especially in the form of carbohydrates, can actually worsen your liver enzyme levels by increasing fat deposits. Eliminate sweets, baked goods and cookies and cakes first. Instead, concentrate on healthier foods such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables and lean proteins.

Step 4

Take milk thistle supplements. Although scientific results are mixed, the herb milk thistle shows promising results in the treatment of viral hepatitis and liver disease, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Take capsules as indicated on the label, since quantities vary among brands.

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