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Diet in Addition to Alcohol Consumption May Play Important Role in Liver Problems

Nutrition is more important than we think. Not only does good nutrition help your body perform optimally, but it may also reduce the effects of an otherwise unhealthy lifestyle.

In this study of mice breed to consume large amounts of alcohol, mice were given alcohol and an artificial sugar, maltodextrin. A group given water in addition to alcohol consumed more alcohol than those given alcohol alone. Yet the mice that consumed more alcohol had less liver damage.

A new study finds that mice bred to consume high amounts of alcohol, but controlled by diet, did not necessarily develop the most severe liver injuries, suggesting that diet may pay an important role in liver injury development.
Nutrition Research News — ScienceDaily

Alcohol Consumption and Diet in Humans

alcohol photoThis study with mice reflects what is observed in human alcoholics. A study by Marsano and McClain found that “malnutrition is relatively modest in alcoholic patients without alcoholic liver disease, the rate of malnutrition is virtually 100% in patients with alcoholic hepatitis and/or alcoholic cirrhosis.”

Another study by Dr. Charles S. Lieber tells us that many alcoholics are undernourished. He cites two major reasons for this:

  • Alcoholics do not consume enough nutrients, or
  • Alcohol metabolism prevents nutrients from being digested, absorbed and used

In either case, the alcoholic is often deficient in protein and vitamins. Vitamin A deficiency contributes to liver disease and other alcohol related illnesses.

While the alcoholic’s chronic diseases such as fatty liver disease can be life threatening, with changes, they can be reversed.

Fatty Liver Disease: Natural Fatty Liver Remedies

If the fat in your liver makes up 5–10 percent of the organ’s weight, then you are diagnosed with fatty liver disease. One of the hardest-working organs in the body, the liver works tirelessly to detoxify our blood, to produce the bile needed to digest fat, to break down hormones and to store essential vitamins, minerals and iron. That is why it’s so important to take care of our livers.

For people with fatty liver disease, the handling of fat by liver cells is disturbed. Increased amounts of fat are removed from the blood and produced by liver cells, and not enough is disposed of or exported by the cells. As a result of this, fat accumulates in the liver. There is an imbalance between the uptake of fat and its oxidation and export.

In this video, Dr. Axe shares how to heal a fatty liver by removing certain foods from your diet, consuming more cleansing foods and taking care of your mental and emotional health.

Learn more about liver health here.
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