Health Hotline Magazine | August 2022

Loving Your Liver Just Got Easier Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease + natural ways to treat it By Liz Mueller

Even young children and adolescents are among the impacted, with studies showing that children and young adults with NAFLD have significantly higher rates of cancer and liver and cardio-metabolic mortality. The percentages of age groups diagnosed with NAFLD are as follows: adults (25%), adolescents 15 to 19 years (17%), and even children 10 to 14 years (11%). But with targeted liver-supportive nutrients and supplements and the right adaptations to diet, there are ways to eradicate NAFLD, and all of the health complications that come with it, before it takes an ever-greater hold on our nation’s health.

While it is true that drinking too much alcohol can lead to alcohol-related liver disease, liver cirrhosis, and even liver failure, what’s not as widely known is that even those that drink little to no alcohol can still develop Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), an umbrella term for a range of liver conditions caused by eating a highly processed diet devoid of essential nutrients, prolonged pesticide exposure, glyphosate residues in foods, medication use, being obese, and being diagnosed with diabetes or metabolic syndrome. In fact, NAFLD, and its chief characteristic of too much fat stored in liver cells, is now the most common form of liver disease—a silent epidemic a ecting about one-quarter of the population.

True or false: You can only damage your liver when you drink too much alcohol? FALSE.

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