Liver health is essential to our well being. Our liver works hard to cleanse the blood, aid in digestion, store energy, and provide avenues rid the body of toxins. As we age (and get a little more sedentary), fat can buildup in the liver and create a fatty liver. A fatty liver is simply excess fat being stored in the liver and it can wreck havoc on normal liver function. In order to avoid a fatty liver (or help your reverse the effects of one), here are a few steps you can take:
1. Drink Coffee
Did you know that coffee has actually be shown to help eliminate abnormal liver enzymes? So drink that morning cup of joe, and don’t feel bad about it if you are concerned about liver problems!
2. Eat a Diet Rich in Fruits & Vegetables
This pretty much goes without saying and eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables aids overall health tremendously. But specifically as it relates to the liver, tests have shown that eating lots of leafy greens can actually reduce the amount of fat buildup in the liver.
3. Consume Healthy Fats
We’ve all heard about the healthy omega 3 fatty acids in fish, walnuts, and avocadoes and how great they are for your health. When it comes to liver health, these healthy fats can use their antioxidant powers to reverse and prevent inflammation, along with counteracting the effects of a fatty liver that might be setting in.
4. Increase Your Garlic Intake
Some studies suggest that garlic is a weight loss booster, reducing appetite and supporting metabolism. It may also reduce fat in the liver.
5. Cut the Alcohol
Be smart when drinking alcohol. Keep your body well hydrated before consuming, and don’t overindulge. Too much alcohol can have long-term, negative effects on your liver and contribute to fatty liver.