Liver Health: Dangerous Effects of Fructose

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Fatty Liver DiseaseYour liver is one of the most important organs in your body. It helps cleanse the body and it filters toxins out of the bloodstream. The liver is a very powerful organ that is responsible for keeping us healthy.

Shockingly there is 1 type of sugar that is over consumed in the American diet that causes deadly fat cells to multiply. It also contributes to a condition called nonalchoholic fatty liver disease, which was unknown before 1980.

If you don’t watch out for this 1 type of sugar i’ll be sharing with you, you’ll start a raging fire of inflammation inside your liver. The type of sugar that you should never eat is fructose.

The problem with HFCS is that the liver is the only part of the body that can use it. When you consume a diet with a high concentration of fructose, you’re going to face dangerous consequences with your liver, arteries, and heart.

In the early 1900s fructose was a very minor part of our diet. The average American only took in about 15g of fructose each day, mostly from fruits. Today, we average 4-5x that amount, mostly from processed foods.

Cereals, pastries, doughnuts, ice cream, salad dressings, crackers, sodas, sports drinks, and a massive list of foods contain fructose. An ingredient such as high fructose corn syrup is made up of 55% fructose and 45% glucose.

You need to reduce your consumption of fructose and start eating a healthy diet full of nutrient rich foods including lean proteins, healthy fats, and lots of vegetables. It has to be a plan that’s flexible and easy to follow for the long term, so you can get rid of a fatty liver for good.

Beyond declining health of the liver, fatty liver disease can elevate triglycerides, increase LDL cholesterol, promote the buildup of fat around your organs, increase blood pressure, and cause many other negative health issues.

Early on a fatty liver can be reversed. There are several steps that you need to start taking to start reversing a fatty liver. The top 5 steps below will put your liver back on track.

1. Eat a Diet Full of Whole Foods. You ate your way into a fatty liver so you’ll now have to eat your way out of it. Eating fresh fruits in moderation, eating lots of vegetables, incorporating healthy fats, and eating lean proteins will help reverse the effects of a fatty liver.

2. Drink Plenty of Water. You should be drinking half your body weight in ounces everyday. This will help your liver work more efficiently and you’ll be able to flush toxins out of your body. You’ll be amazed at how much of a difference you’ll notice from drinking more water. Lemon water, fruit infused water, and unsweetened iced tea are great too.

3. Become a Label Reader. Reading labels is extremely important. You have to read the ingredients of the foods you buy at the grocery store. Stick to 1 ingredient foods including avocados, lettuce, chicken, beans, apples, etc. They are all 1 ingredient foods with no ingredients list. If you do buy a food with multiple ingredients, make sure there is no fructose.

These 3 steps will really start taking your health to the next level and help to reverse nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. What foods from your diet do you think are the culprit for your fatty liver?

Source: http://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/abundance-of-fructose-not-good-for-the-liver-heart
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