How To Reverse Fatty Liver Disease (You May Have A Fatty Liver)

How To Reverse Fatty Liver Disease (You May Have A Fatty Liver)


how to reverse fatty liver disease what
it is and why do you want to know about this even if you don’t think it relates
to you coming right up the fatty liver that sounds like
something alcoholics and old people get right well it used to be that mostly
alcoholics got fatty liver disease but now most people who get it is what they
call non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and we’re going to talk about what the
liver does and what the mechanisms are and why you really want to know about
this it is very very tightly linked to insulin resistance the mechanism is is
basically the same for the most part just like insulin resistance it is a
matter of degrees so you can have a little bit of fatty liver or you could
have severe family ever just like insulin resistance you can have mild
insulin resistance or it could progress all the way up to diabetes or insulin
dependent diabetes type 2 if we talk about mild to moderate to severe we want
to think about the liver as an organ that has a lot of reserve capacity the
the body is amazingly adaptable okay it doesn’t break down at the first sign of
trouble it starts to stress a little bit but it has a lot of reserve capacity it
can deal with a lot and the liver is one of those organs that could be 80 maybe
90 percent dysfunctional clogging up fatty before it really starts breaking
down before it can’t perform its job anymore and before it starts showing up
on blood tests that’s why this blood tests often give people a false sense of
security because you get a blood test and the blood test comes back and you
say oh my liver enzymes are normal well it’s because the liver can still keep up
you haven’t pushed it far enough into severe fatty liver that it starts to
totally break down and the end stage of liver disease is called cirrhosis this
is where you start getting scoring and in these cases it might even
lead to cancer and you’ll be a candidate for a transplant at this point but even
if it never gets to that point the greater the degree of fatty liver that
you have the more severe the health consequences just like insulin
resistance it depending on how we define it the official definition of insulin
resistance is with an a1c over five point seven and that puts over a hundred
million people in this country alone at moderate insulin resistance the same is
sort of true with this that there’s maybe twenty thirty forty percent of
people with severe fatty liver but that probably puts a majority of the
population at mild to moderate fatty liver so I don’t have exact numbers but
just judging on the prevalence of insulin resistance and how tightly the
mechanisms fall together then it’s not too far-fetched to draw that conclusion
so let’s talk a little bit about what the liver does and the liver is an
amazing organ it is a chemical factory it performs most of the chemical
transformations that take place in your body
it’s this little lump that sits under the rib cage on the right hand side it
is between three to five pounds in most people and it’s a very large organ it
wraps around the whole side and when people get liver problems and fatty
livers very often it gets sensitive and tender because it starts to swell and
kind of stick out under the rib cage a little bit so it does over 500 different
things over 500 different chemical functions and transformations and
procedures but we’re going to just focus on two broad categories and one is it
takes all of the food that comes into the body and it processes it so
everything that you eat goes into the gut and then it goes in to a big vein
that leads straight into the live it’s called the hepatic portal vein the
main thing that it does is it takes sugar and turns it into glycogen and fat
okay it does a lot of other things as well but for our purposes we’re gonna
focus on that because that’s what drives this mechanism of fatty liver so
whenever you have excess blood sugar the excess turns into glycogen and when the
glycogen stores are full then the rest of it turns into fat so with our modern
diet the liver has pretty much turned in to a fat Factory that’s all it does all
day long is just to turn sugar into fat and that’s what drives this insulin
resistance and this fatty liver process other thing that it does is it
detoxifies and everything that you put into your body that’s foreign that’s a
chemical that’s a harsh substance that’s a foreign substance the the liver has to
detox it it has to take that poison and has to transform it by taking stuff away
and adding things making it water-soluble and harmless so that you
can get rid of it you can dump it in through the gall bladder into the gut
into the bowel and eventually just expel it and get rid of it the more the liver
gets overwhelmed the harder it is to keep up with all of this so the
mechanism is that whenever blood sugar goes up insulin goes up and insulin
pushes the sugar into the cells primarily into the liver because that’s
where the food comes first then the insulin goes up it pushes it
into the liver when the liver doesn’t have room for more like again it turns
into fat and then we eat more sugar and it turns into fat and eventually this
fat starts building up and the liver gets overwhelmed then of course the
toxins if we at the same time put in a bunch of toxins then that makes it just
that much harder because now the liver as more to do it has more tasks to
perform and alcohol is another thing that turns into fat and that’s why
alcoholics get fatty liver because they drink a lot but if you drink some and
you eat a lot of sugar now you’re kind of creating the same effect there
another thing we want to be aware of is all of the toxins and this is something
that didn’t exist in our society hasn’t been on the planet for most of human
existence but now we have pesticides and herbicides and chemicals and plastics
and chlorine and over-the-counter drugs over-the-counter drugs see may seem
harmless to most people you pop a little pill for your headache or your fever but
over-the-counter drugs are responsible for 16,000 cases every year of acute
liver failure so we don’t want it we want to take these things seriously and
have you ever thought thought about why they tell you don’t take tylenol if you
had a drink it’s because the burden increases okay if the liver has trouble
dealing with one thing and you give it to at the same time it’s twice as hard
so now we have sugar and we have toxins and we have alcohol and we have
over-the-counter drugs and then they sprayed your lawn with pesticides and
you breathe in something else and you have some chlorine in the water now
there’s hundreds and thousands of different sources that become a burden
on the liver okay so sugar is what drives it but all
these toxins are what makes it harder and harder for the liver to keep up also
the solution is kind of obvious you want to add things that help the liver
nutrients and things that give the liver resources without becoming a burden
eliminate all the things that become a burden it’s not so difficult once we
think about it we want to stop alcohol and alcohol and sugar they’re both the
one of these things that is not a toxin per se but the dose
becomes the poison because we’re designed to have a little bit of sugar
in the fruit we’re supposed to have some sugar in the vegetables but we’re not
designed to have half a pound a day we’re not supposed to have I fructose
corn syrup virtually injected in an IV into our bloodstream there’s no the body
has no defense against that similarly we haven’t had pesticides or chemicals on
the planet very long we haven’t had drugs we haven’t had over-the-counter
medication we haven’t had any of these things so we have overburdened the liver
tremendously compared to what it’s been used to for our forefathers now when we
talk about sugar it’s not just the white stuff out of the bag even though that is
the worst okay table sugar sucrose and high fructose corn syrup those are
especially evil because sugar is 50% glucose and 50% fructose and fructose is
something it’s a kind of sugar that we can tolerate that’s really good in
really small amount so in nature fructose occurs in fruit and if we get
just a few grams a day then that’s perfect because it doesn’t raise blood
sugar much and it doesn’t mess with the body but once we start getting up into
above 5 or 10 grams a day and we’ll get into 30 40 50 60 70 grams which has been
the average for the last few decades that fructose can only be processed by
the liver okay sugar is glucose and fructose the glucose can go into any
cell in the body it can go directly in and the cell can use that but fructose
can only be used by the liver there’s no other cell in the body that can do
anything without fructose if you eat 200 grams of sugar a day then 100 grams can
be spread evenly over all the cells in Vonnie but a hundred grams of fructose
has to be metabolized by this one little organ that’s about three to five pounds
which is maybe two three percent of your body weight that all of a sudden has to
take care of half of the excessive sugar that you’re putting into your body so
fructose that’s why fructose is the number one factor in driving insulin
resistance and fatty liver disease because it gets into the liver the liver
has to metabolize it it turns it into glycogen but as soon as the stores are
full it turns it into fat but the sugar just keeps coming it keeps coming
fructose is is especially evil because even though it doesn’t drive insulin it
overwhelms the liver very very quickly the other sugars are bad they’re not as
bad but they’re very very bad because everything sugar everything carb
especially simple processed carbs but all carbs turn into sugar and they drive
insulin and insulin is what packs more of the sugar into the liver that turns
into fat so that’s why you have to stop the alcohol and the sugar if you have
some amount of fat buildup in your liver then you pushing the process in the
wrong direction and it cannot recover if you keep doing that then of course drugs
complicate it they become an additional burden on the liver so if you have
prescribed drugs that you have to take then you have to take those but talk to
your doctor if it’s really necessary and start learning how to heal your body so
that you can have that discussion and maybe get off of them eventually the
other thing that is a enormous burden because anything foreign that the body
doesn’t recognize the liver has to transform and one of the worst things
are man-made fats so we’re talking about anything hydrogenated especially
margarine and trans fats and shortening and things like that but
also the so called vegetable fats and I call them so called because they’re not
made from vegetables they’re made from seeds and nuts and they’re requiring a
very very heavy amount of processing when you turn corn and safflower and
canola into oil you have to process them with harsh chemicals very very high heat
and they turn out very very different from the fats that occur in nature and
now they again become foreign to the body they become something that the
liver has to process and becomes an enormous burden on the liver the good
stuff then is everything that’s not that so good fats those are natural fats
where the molecules have not been altered those are things like olive oil
extra virgin olive oil grass-fed organic butter coconut oil those are wonderful
wonderful fats they provide good energy without being a burden on the liver and
good fats they’re very satiating that very satisfying they provide you energy
without providing any burden in addition to that they replace a lot of the
carbohydrates so if you’re going to cut back on carbohydrates that drive insulin
and and fatty liver you need to replace it and fat good fats natural fats is the
best source of energy that doesn’t put a burden on the body or the liver
vegetables are something that you want to eat in mass because they contain
nutrients and Fido factors that assist the liver
okay the liver loves vegetables especially the leafy greens but any of
the vegetables if you remember my video recently on my faith my favorite 15 keto
vegetables those are all vegetables that you can eat as much as you like and your
liver will love you for it so the absolute most important thing is to
remove the stuff that destroys the liver and then to start putting in the
food and the nutrients you can also give the liver some specific nutritional
support and these are things like turmeric or curcumin or milk thistle in
our office we use muscle testing so that we can determine for each person exactly
what is optimal for them so we use mostly standard process but we also have
a lot of different homeopathic and herbal formulas so I wouldn’t just go
out and start indiscriminately spending tons of money on everything that he
called liver support but see if you can find someone who is skilled and trained
who can assist you in finding out what would be right for you so this could be
a good add-on but again 80 90 percent of it lies in taking out the bad and
putting in some of the good so I hope that you can see how this actually
relates to almost every person in this country because if you’ve been eating
carbs and processed foods and you live in a toxic environment like we all do
then this is something that you should be concerned with and it is what’s
mostly tied to the epidemic of obesity and diabetes that we’re seeing if you
are obese chances are that you probably 80% of those people have severe fatty
liver and if you’re diabetic then the numbers are about the same so it’s one
of the most important epidemics that we have is that of obesity and diabetes and
this is just one of those factors that can become a huge problem in itself but
it is part of the mechanism so we want to understand this if we’re going to
beat diabetes and insulin resistance and get us healthy as possible please share
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understand this and other conditions much much better thanks for watching


100 thoughts on “How To Reverse Fatty Liver Disease (You May Have A Fatty Liver)

  1. This should be broadcast on main stream media EVERY DAY! Our country is soooo unhealthy…we need these videos!

  2. I have a mild fat liver, and I would like to know if you recommend to completely stop carbs, or just reduce them. I heard that completely stop carbs could worst the insulin resistance.

  3. thank you for these valuable information , im 31 years of age i don't have any problem yet but im trying to protect and prepare my self for when ill be 60 and 70 years old etc…

  4. Just a brilliant assessment of how toxic sugar and particularly fructose is. Thank you, and I dont say that as payment, IOY

  5. i have been dianogist with fatty liver. i started to watch your videos about 3 weeks ago. i also started a low carb diet, and intermitant fasting. i have been frustrated with diabetes for 30 years. in the last few weeks my glouclose numbers have dropped slowly and i am losing weight. i weighed 209 at start and now am 198. the weight loss is good but i want the fat to get out out my liver. ty for your vidieos. sorry about the spelling

  6. Dr I have diagnosed as fatty lever some 15 years ago. After that I only Chech SGPT, SGOT, regularly. I have reduced alcohol intake, I am having pre diabetic for twenty years.
    After seeing your video one Question cameout in my mind how to know I have fatty lever by simple method.
    I am truly impressed with your videos.

  7. Thank you. I have a myriad of diseases that began with Hyperthyroidism then turn to Hypothyroidism ., PCOS, Infertility. Now, It is Obesity, Pre Diabetes ,?Alopecia and Fatty Liver.
    Your videos teach us so much. I don’t know if you really comprehend how much good in the world you are doing.
    Keep up the in depth teaching . Thanks

  8. Hi Dr Sten, Having whole fruits like Apple, Banana, Pears, mango, Guava bad for liver as these contains fructose? How much of these can be taken in a day.

  9. Great information. Thank you very much. So much the average person like me doesn't understand. Now I know how my dad was putting his liver under so much stress.

  10. Absolutely the best video I have seen on this subject. Clear information and advice. So glad I found it. I am forwarding it to my sister who has serious problems but thank God, she finally wants to do something about it. Thank you so much.

    R Fairlie

  11. You are the best at explaining these topics. I subscribed today after watching your video on autophagy. Your explanation was the most thorough and clear that I’ve ever heard. Thank you!

  12. I love to hear it and I've learned a lot from you, just one question, a glass of red wine a day (150ml), is it okay?

  13. Thank you for your brilliant information and advice. All my doctor did was tell me my liver looked like marbled wagyu beef and prescribed 20mgs of rosuvastin daily. I’ve followed your other advice on keto and intermittent fasting and dropped 11kgs in just under 2 months and I feel like a new person, better sleep, way more energy and clearer thinking. You are a life saver!

  14. Dr. Ekberg, I take various supplements daily, 1st thing in the morning with water and Apple Cider Vinegar. My wife tells me that I am taking too many supplements and that they will damage my liver in the long run. It only a total of about 20 tablets max. But its all good stuff like Niagen, Krill Oil, Probiotics, Mito Q, etc… What is your opinion please?

  15. Good day, Dr. Ekberg! Thank you for all your time and efforts put forth to provide us the information/ education! I greatly appreciate you! I have heard that the molecular structure of olive oil changes when heated for cooking. Therefore, olive oil should not be used for cooking. When heated it changes from a medium chain triglyceride to a long chain triglyceride/unhealthy. Have you heard of this or seen any research? If it is in fact true it seems worth mentioning or doing a video about it. I myself was cooking with olive oil for the last 30 years and all of my family members and everyone I know….
    I hope the holiday weekend is treating you right!!!

  16. Thank you! Great videos on healthy everything, especially on insulin resistance etc. Perhaps you could mention that some vegetables like spinach and kale are full of oxalates which can cause various problems too, like knee pain etc. At least that has been my experience with them. I can walk 3 miles a day now, and walk down stairs without knee pain. I fast every other day and am a recovering 25 year long "diabetic" no longer needing insulin injections. I am also a full carnivore, at 78 yrs. old. We have been fooled by our fruits and salads culture and greedy fast food and processed food corporations. I feel so great now!
    Very grateful to you for these videos Dr. Ekberg. I subscribed.

  17. You are the true definition of doctor and I sincerely wish that more doctors if not all doctors had this mindset. God bless you!

  18. Woooo hooooo!!!!

    142 thousand subscribers and growing!’

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  19. Dr Ekberg is above all others when it comes to explaining health! Thank you so very much for taking the time to do these videos! Please know that it is very much appreciated and I'm sure by many!

  20. If the medical industry treated patients with your knowledge and sincerity ,they would soon be out of business .For their would be no sick or diseased people to treat! You are very gifted, wish I found you years ago .sincerely warm regards FL USA

  21. Comparing glucose to fructose, you said glucose is better, because it does not need to be metabolized by liver. Fructose puts extra work on liver. Now, I'm wondering why/if Ketogenic diet makes sense? Because the fat need to be converted to ketos in liver, and we are basing our lives by puting extra duty on liver all the time to survive? I'm confused

  22. Doctors talk about sugar all the time, when there is a much bigger problem (by volume)with carbs, so sugar and carbs should always be mentioned together because carbs are turned into sugar and treated as sugar by the body. Because of that sugar is almost a misnomer and therefore sugar, as the culprt is largely misrepresented.

  23. A friend and I were both diagnosed with Fatty Liver about 20 years ago. I did a lot of research on the subject and found a study by a researcher at Johns Hopkins. She found, accidentally, that mice with fatty liver were cured when they ate yogurt with active and live enzymes. I gave it a try and it worked. I have maintained my numbers ever since and so has my friend. It will not hurt you to try it.

  24. Keto never worked for me as I have GERD/Hiatal Hernia and gave me loads of reflux after stopping starch like breads etc, good video though. I have fatty liver and gallbladder polyps, a few days ago stopped drinking teas sweetened with honey, I was addicted to them.

  25. Very informative. Thank you. I'm linking this to friends. But… fructose doesn't drive insulin? Was that just a slip?

  26. Dr.Ekberg, thank you for the videos! Just got back from my doctor, got diagnosed with a metabolic syndrome and fatty liver. He told me to eat grains, fruits, lean meats, no fried food, no egg yolks (2 egg yolks a week, actually, but it's so little). I am confused, I want to keep my lchf approach, but doctors seem to objectify.
    Is it ok to eat egg yolks (if yes, then how many a day), fried food during fatty liver treatment?

  27. The problem with olive oil may be the high omega 6 ratio, it seems animal fats from animals eating their proper diet is usually truly the best

  28. About the vegetables i am not so sure, because usually plants are trying to damage the animals who eat them not nourishing their predators…all else i agree, thank you.

  29. I was told this year I have this. I get cramps in the back area making me think I need a massage. I get spasms in the back when getting up from the table. It can even effect my breathing for a few seconds. Another aliment to add to my collection.. My Dr. told me, lose weight. That seems to be there excuse for everything, Lose weight. What if I wasn't over weight? What then?

  30. Thank you so much for this video Dr Ekberg! I've got one question: Shall we consider Möller's Cod Liver Oil product also as "manmade fat"? Or is it safe to consume in terms of fatty liver? Thank you.

  31. Is APPLE CIDER VINEGAR effective ? A wise older Lady gave me some advise when we were talking about JUNK FOOD , she said: " YOU DON'T HAVE TO BUY IT ! "

  32. I was diagnosed with a NAFL. My ALT/AST WAS 142! Normal is 37.
    3 months of reduced carbs pseudo Ketogenic diet, my ALT/AST WAS 39!
    6 months since then, I've been on keto and lost 30 lbs . Still want to lose 15 lbs for the the better looking body and sharper mind .

  33. My BMI is 23 and I am a lacto-eggetarian. I have never smoked and hardly drink alcohol in small quantities. I underwent repeated IVF treatment which I believe led to me developing NAFLD due to heavy doses of estrogen and progesterone injections. I hardly use processed food or fruits. I eat mostly non processed food. Can I reverse my fatty liver ?

  34. As a bodybuilder who uses anabolic steroids including orals that are liver toxic….. best and most proven supplement proven with blood work are Choline Inositol 2000mg for 1 month NAC and L Metionine 🙂

  35. This video should be seen by ANY human in this planet! I had this condition for years now and didn't understood why I am no healing no mater what I made. The fruits and carbs are the culprit. I do made more than 50 liver flushes up to date, get rid of thousands of stones from liver but my liver still full of fat. Eating fruits and carbs I was just putting the garbage back from where I was trying to clean! I will go on a no carb-fruit diet from now.

  36. I have it and every time I eat anything I get diarrhea and dizzy, severely tired, pain under my right rib. I also dont have a GB

  37. Thanks Doc.
    I was told I had a fatty Liver and that was pretty much it…out the door, see the dietitian who laughed….next. Their dietitian plan was no more than a couple of pages of weak kid stuff…total joke. At the time i had great health insurance but that didn't help. I counted sugar grams which i didn't understand – 1 can with 40 grams of sugar = 10 teaspoons, 1- 6 pack = 60 teaspoons of sugar. Then I actually took sugar, weighed out 60 tspns of sugar that looked like a small mountain. The trick is to add bubbles and you drink it, it goes flat and no one will drink it. I found D-Limonene from citrus peels at the local health store…that helps clear fat because its a natural degreaser for the liver.

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