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Foods for Fatty Liver

As mentioned in the prevent fatty liver article, food is a crucial key to reverse a fatty liver. The disease partly develops because of the amount of fat consumed by the individual, which in some cases is higher than recommended. Some of these fats are stored in and around the liver, thus contributing to the development of fatty liver disease. Its worth mentioning that for the most part, foods for fatty liver are generally good for many other diseases that depend on good nutrition. Those of you who ask What should I eat with a Fatty Liver? (and what you should not eat), below are some answers.
First lets talk about the foods that you should limit their quantity in your meals:

White bread. Butter. Most prepared breakfast cereals (usually contain high levels of sugar). White rice. Concentrated sugar. Fat rich meals, like Hamburger, Pizza, etc. High-glycerin food. High-cholesterol food (eggs for example limit yourself to two eggs per week). Carbonated drinks. Fried food / fast food.

Now lets take a look on some foods you should try to focus on:

Beans and unprocessed grains. Whole grain bread. Slim milk instead of whole milk. Food with high level of proteins. Cinnamon. Vegetables for fatty liver broccoli is especially highly recommended. Fruits for fatty liver (3-4 slices per day try to avoid bananas as it contains a lot of glucose).

Moderation is the Key

Please remember that Im not recommending to never eat the mentioned food above. Its all about moderation. Eating your favorite food once in a while is not a crime, but you should limit yourself and monitor your progress. Determination is the key to your success.

In addition, remember that weight loss is the most affecting way to cure a fatty liver. And the best affective way to do so, it by a combination of eating different food and exercise. Physical activity helps to burn your fat much faster, and replaces it with muscles.
Here is a food pyramid you could use as a general guide:

Understanding Liver Function Blood Test Results

The liver creates various chemicals that are carried out to the bloodstream. Therefor, a liver function blood test is playing a key part in diagnosing many liver disorders and diseases, including a Fatty Liver. Elevated levels of these chemicals may indicate a damage to the liver or a specific liver disease. By taking liver function blood tests we can measure their levels, and try to identify the problem even before its symptoms start to show up. This liver function blood tests requires to fast for at least 6 hours before the test. If some drugs are used on regular basis, it might affect the results.

Liver function blood tests usually include the following tests:

ALT (also called SGPT / Alanine Transaminase) this is an enzyme that assists proteins to process. High level of ALT may suggest a liver injury. The normal levels of ALT is around 5-40 units per liter (range can vary in different labs). AST (also called SGOT) an enzyme that is located mainly in liver cells. Its levels are usually raised when there is some sort of a liver damage or injury (just like ALT). The normal levels of AST is between 5-45, which is very similar to ALT enzyme. ALP (Alkaline Phosphatase) related to the biliary tract. If ALP is elevated, and high levels of alkaline phosphatase been found in the bloodstream, the cause might be a liver disorder (including a fatty liver). Normal rate of ALP is 44-147 units per liter. GGT (Gamma-Glutamyl Transpeptidase) an enzyme that is mostly found in the liver, kidneys, heart, and other important organs. The normal rates of GGT is between 40 to 78 units per liter. Its very similar to ALP (Alkaline Phosphatase), so in that respect, elevated GGT can a symptom of a liver disorder. The difference is that elevated ALP can be also be because of a bone disease, but GGT cant. Albumin this is the core protein created by the liver, that passes into the bloodstream. The capability to make albumin (and many other proteins) is influenced in various liver disorders, including a fatty liver. Normal levels of albumin is between 3.4 to 5.4 deciliter. Bilirubin this chemical is a direct result of hemoglobin when its released the molecule that ties oxygen into the red blood cells. The causes of elevated bilirubin could be a liver disorder. High level of biliribin also makes you jaundiced (yellow colored), and could affect your skin and eye color. In the bilirubin blood test, there are various types of bilirubin used: o Direct Bilirubin (unconjugated bilirubin) passes through the liver. Normal level of direct bilirubin is between 0 to 0.3 deciliter. o Indirect Bilirubin (conjugated bilirubin) doesnt pass through the liver. Normal level of Indirect bilirubin is between 0 to 0.3 deciliter. o Total Bilirubin this is the total amount of direct + indirect bilirubin. Normal level of total bilirubin is between 0.3 to 1.9 deciliter. A/G ratio the ratio of albumin to globulins. Some liver disorders could lead to a low total protein levels. Normal levels of A/G is below 1 deciliter.