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Apr 252017
 

If you recall the Mediterranean Diet craze, it’s likely you also remember one good thing that came out of it (though overall the diet IS sound): olive oil helped change “fat is bad!” to “some fats and oils have positive health benefits to most people.”

Now scientists are saying olive oil may actually help you to reduce fat in the body, specifically the liver, and could even reverse NAFLD.

Researchers at the University of Chile say they have isolated a compound in olive oil that may help in the fight against excess weight and fat around the liver. The compound, hydroxytyrosol, reversed signs of insulin resistance in laboratory mice, even ones fed a high-fat diet. This would mean the constituent may not only help reverse insulin resistance and a fatty liver issue but might protect the body when one eats high-fat.

Antioxidant Properties are Key

Lab mice showed reduced insulin resistance even when on a high-fat diet.

According to Dr. Rodrigo Valenzuela, University of Chile: “Hydroxytyrosol…is known to have antioxidant properties and may play a key role in its health benefits.”

This idea was backed by the recent study.

“Our research shows that in mice fed on a high-fat diet, hydroxytyrosol exerts a protective effect in the liver,” Dr. Valenzuela said.

“Our study found that mice fed on a high-fat diet had signs of non-alcoholic liver disease which we believe has led to the noticeable reduction in enzyme activity in the liver and the negative effects on fatty acid composition in this, and other, organs…We also found that the liver showed signs of increased oxidative stress, which we know has links to fatty liver disease,” Dr. Valenzuela added.

Implications: Should You Eat a High-Fat Diet?

Don’t supersize that order just yet: researchers say more information is needed regarding the protective effects of olive oil.

Most doctors agree that adding olive oil in small doses – usually 1-2 tablespoons per day – can have health benefits, and the Chile study seems to show that it might protect even when one eats a high-fat diet.

But until more is known about the fat-protective mechanism of hydroxytyrosol, it may be too soon to order up the double chili burger with cheese and a side of EVOO.

“We have demonstrated that this compound may offer protection against oxidative stress and detrimental fatty acid composition in the liver, heart and brain caused by a high-fat diet,” Dr. Valenzuela revealed, but “…caution should be taken when extrapolating these findings to human consumption of hydroxytyrosol as our experiments have been conducted with mice in a controlled environment.”

The full report of the study was published in the Lipids in Health and Disease.

 

 

 Posted by at 5:58 pm
Apr 132017
 

We may be predisposed to NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease) from birth, a new study suggests.

Data collected from more than 530 children showed that either very high or very low birthweight was associated with a later diagnosis (via biopsy) of NAFLD. The average age of diagnosis was 12.

The researchers did not say whether family lifestyle habits, such as diet and exercise, were a factor. However, an article at Science Daily noted that issues can be present from birth onward when a child has a very high or low weight, which suggests either a genetic tie-in or that the lifestyle of the mother during her pregnancy could be part of the equation.

One part of the puzzle that’s notable is that it appears low-birthweight children are at even higher risk for certain types of disease later in life than high-birthweight children, meaning despite usual assumptions in both the scientific and lay communities regarding fat and health, an overweight condition did not initially contribute to those types of disease in the children studied.

A Healthy Pregnancy

Because so little is known about the connection thus far, it’s a good idea to practice healthy habits during pregnancy.

  • Follow your obstetrician’s instructions on diet. If you have special dietary considerations or health issues, she should custom-create a diet plan for you to remain well during this time.
  • Once you have the green light from your doctor, add more vegetables to your diet. Eat an adequate amount of protein and if you can tolerate it, dairy. Controlled amounts of nuts and olive or coconut oil are also beneficial. Limit fruits and fruit juices.
  • Again, get your doctor’s approval first, but once you have it, engage in regular exercise appropriate to pregnancy and to your current health status.
  • Make sure you get plenty of rest during your pregnancy.
  • If you have fatty liver disease or any metabolic or endocrine disorders in your family (or if you have any of these yourself), be aware that you could pass on an increased risk of these issues to your baby. Don’t feel guilty – nobody is absolutely perfect, and we all pass along more genetics than our blue eyes, height, or love for music. But do be on the lookout for possible conditions that could crop up later in life for your child. Start her on a healthy regimen as soon as she begins solid foods, and make sure you two, and the entire family, get regular exercise.
  • Breastfeed if possible. If not, ask your child’s pediatrician for recommendation on an appropriate infant formula.

 

 

 Posted by at 6:50 pm
Apr 122017
 

As science uncovers more about the gut and how it can impact health, a new study from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, is claiming a specific bacterium may be coming out the winner against NAFLD.

Image: gastroscan.ru

The researchers say Faecalibacterium prausnitzii, a type of bacteria, improved NAFLD in laboratory mice when administered orally.

The strain had previously been found to be beneficial in other bodily inflammatory conditions when given to mice, but a potential NAFLD application is new to the scientific community, according to the researchers who spearheaded the study.

The scientists first recorded that individuals suffering from NAFLD have, overall, a lower F. prausnitzii presence in the gut as compared to other microbes, as well as a higher overall level of inflammation, particularly in fatty tissues.

Though it was not established whether a lack of the bacteria (v. too much of, for instance, another strain of bacteria) was contributing to fatty liver or whether the NAFLD condition was impacting the bacteria, the research group decided to start by adding F. prausnitzii into the mice’s diet.

Promising Results

F. prausnitzii appeared to have a direct effect on adipose tissue and metabolism, according to the results of the study.

Initial results have been promising.

According to the abstract,

“Compared to the high-fat control mice, F. prausnitzii-treated mice had lower hepatic fat content, AST and ALT, as well as increased fatty-acid oxidation. In addition, hepatic lipidomic analyses revealed decreases in several species of triacylglycerols, phospholipids and cholesteryl esters. Expression of adiponectin, which is one of the main beneficial mediators of metabolism, was increased in the visceral adipose tissue. While the F. prausnitzii-treated mice, in fact, had more subcutaneous fat, the fat was healthy as it was more insulin sensitive and less inflamed. Interestingly, F. prausnitzii treatment increased muscle mass, which may be linked to enhanced mitochondrial respiration. This is an issue that, according to Pekkala, definitely should be studied further.”

This is groundbreaking, as it would appear that the addition of F. prausnitzii directly caused initial healing and an overall health boost in the mice during the study.

Should You Try It?

Since the results are preliminary, we extend our usual caution of awaiting further information and of asking your doctor’s advice before starting a new health regimen.

However, there is mounting evidence that probiotics in general can be helpful to the body.

If you decide to try this or another probiotic/bacteria strain, start out slowly with the lowest recommended dose. Work your way up to your full daily dose. If you experience negative symptoms that don’t go away within two weeks, such as stomach upset, diarrhea or constipation, anxiety and agitation, insomnia, or lightheadedness, discontinue use and call your doctor.

 Posted by at 9:07 pm
Apr 042017
 

Image: ucdenver.edu

The liver is a truly fascinating organ. It’s a workhorse that will tirelessly perform, given healthy conditions. Yet it’s complex, equally affected by and affecting your other bodily systems.

Just how does the liver work? Here’s a peek inside this essential organ.

Anatomy of Your Liver

The adult liver weighs about three pounds and is located inside the right-hand side of the abdomen, above and to the side of the stomach and the spleen. The gallblader is located beneath the liver, as are the upper part of the intestines and the pancreas.

Anyone who ate liver as a child (raise your hand if you were born in the 70s or earlier!) knows that the liver is reddish-brown and feels somewhat rubbery to the touch. (The liver of most large mammals tends to look and feel similar.)

In humans, the liver contains two lobes (a left lobe and a right lobe).

…and What it Does

Far from merely a filter (though that’s a big job), the liver also has a hand in your metabolism. Image: riddletray.com

It may not look especially pretty, but the liver performs a collection of jobs essential to life and to health.

Primarily, the liver filters the blood that arrives from the digestive tract. This means it must remove toxins and metabolize a varied and complex menu of chemicals and components, from the macros of your ham and cheese sandwich to the drugs you’re taking (whether over-the-counter or prescription).

But there’s more to it than that. The liver also (with the help of vitamin K) produces proteins essential for clotting, breaks down old or damaged blood cells, and breaks down fat so that the body can utilize the resulting energy. The liver performs a central role in metabolism to get, and keep, you going.

As a filter and energy producer, the liver is a body “work horse” that never sleeps, so to speak. It must not only cleanse the blood so you don’t self-poison, but it also needs to be healthy and strong enough to produce cells, biles and protein necessary to your body’s overall function.

The Liver’s Processes

Believe it or not, at any given time, the 3-lb. adult liver holds about one pint of your body’s blood. (For reference, there are only eight pints of blood total in the body.) The liver continuously cycles the blood, day and night.

Cells in the liver produce bile, which are transported via ducts from the two lobes to the duodenum and to the lower intestine. The bile helps carry waste away from the liver.

The liver works to break down fats so their nutrients can be utilized by the body. It also produces cholesterol, which, though it has received something of a “bad” name among the lay population (we’ll talk more about this and about “good” v. “bad” cholesterol in a later blog), is critical to fat transportation.  In addition, the liver balances and regulates glucose and amino acids.

It clears bilirubin away, too. Bilirubin produces a yellowish color, which is why people with certain types of liver disease blocking the exit movement of bilirubin experience a yellowing of the skin and/or the eyes.

The byproducts of and waste from all these processes are eventually eliminated from the body via the feces.

Is Your Liver Healthy?

The liver is built to last (and to constantly work), so it takes quite a bit for it to get really “sick.” Unfortunately, it may show few, if any, signs of malfunction until matters get serious.

You should visit your doctor to ensure you’re healthy and, as much as you can, stick to a healthy diet, exercise and sleep regimen and maintain a healthy weight (fatty liver, for example, can be VERY hard to spot and for many people, will only be detected in a doctor’s office with specific tests).

Your best bet, at all times, is to stay at a correct weight for your height, gender, muscle mass and lifestyle and to avoid toxic substances (sorry, this does include alcohol, which in moderation is fine for many people but for some, could be problematic over time). If you’re worried, see your doctor and ask for tests (such as a CAT scan or ultrasound to take a “look inside”), then ask her how to proceed from there.

With good care, your liver should take care of you right back for many years to come.

 Posted by at 7:06 pm
Mar 202017
 

Lately, we’ve had a lot of questions regarding detoxing the body. Should you? If so, why? And how? Are detoxes just a waste of money and time? Worse, could they potentially harm you?

The fact of the matter is that if you have a healthy liver, you’re already “detoxing” all day long. In a basically healthy person, the liver is a workhorse and will continuously break down fats for energy and filter the body of items it doesn’t need.

On the other hand, if your goal is to heal a fatty liver condition, several issues may come into play. One is that, depending upon how long you’ve had NAFLD and what stage your condition is, the liver may already be more stressed than it should be. Another is the possibility of a weight issue, as a percentage of NAFLD patients are overweight.

For these reasons, you may be considering a healthful detox. If you’d like to give your body (including your healing liver) a break, a detox, if done correctly, can lighten the body’s load for several days and allow you to recharge, while getting nutrients into your body rather than the overprocessed, sugary, salty foods that are typical of the standard American diet.

Get Your Doctor’s Thumbs-Up

IMPORTANT: Before embarking on this or any other change in eating/drinking habits, even if temporarily, get your doctor’s okay.  We DO NOT recommend a nutritional detoxification program to ANYONE who has not been assessed by his/her physician for general health, specific health issues, consideration of a current medication regimen, and potential food allergies or intolerances.

We’re not saying that to cover ourselves, or because it’s the standard thing to say. We’re saying it because we mean it. Even nutrition should not be played around with if there’s the possibility of an extenuating health circumstance. Don’t skip this step – see your doctor. If she approves your plan (provide as many details as you can), then go ahead and proceed with the program.

Partial Rather Than Full Fast

Often, a full (water/juice only) fast is recommended by detox “gurus.” Again, even in a healthy body, this can be a shock. Since your aim is to give the body a rest from processed foods (and from a significant amount of solid food in general) and to not shock it, it may be better to start out with a partial fast.

A partial fast will generally involve water, juices made fresh from vegetables and a limited quantity of fruits if desired, teas (plain/herbal) if you like them, plus either one or both of the two golden foods: apples and carrots. These two foods have a wonderful variety of nutrients, can be juiced or eaten whole, provide fiber, and are for MOST people very hypo-reactive (you’re unlikely to have a negative reaction to them, if you conform to the general population).

Since you’re limiting solid/whole foods, don’t go crazy on these two foods. Have juice (make your own with a juicer – don’t buy it canned or bottled; don’t add anything to the juice unless, if you want, water) plus one to four apples a day and one to three carrots the first day. Then for the next two days, increase the solids by one piece of either food. Do not exceed three days for your fast unless directed by your physician.

Some people only “detox” for one day. See how you feel. If you’re dizzy/lightheaded, can’t concentrate at work, feel shaky, depressed, anxious or experience diarrhea, end your fast.

What Results Should You See?

It’s difficult to qualify and quantify exactly what results you can expect from a detox fast, since everyone fasts differently, is in a different condition of health and will fast for a different period of time.

However, you should see a temporary water weight drop of a few pounds, may experience relief from constipation or bloating, and if you’ve been unknowingly having reactions to certain foods, this issue could emerge too. (For instance, if you have an undiagnosed dairy intolerance, you may suddenly realize you’re not experiencing symptoms.)

If you experience relief from negative symptoms of unknown cause, jot the information down to tell your doctor about, then with your doctor’s approval, add one food group back in at a time to see if one is the culprit. The most common food allergies and intolerances involve wheat, dairy, nuts, soy, corn, fish and shellfish.

Ending the Detox

When reintroducing foods to your diet (besides the apples, carrots and fresh juices), go slowly. Eat small portions. After a restricted amount of food for one to three days, your stomach isn’t ready for a deluge of food. You may also want to start with blander, non-sensitizing foods, such as rice, broths, veggies and fruits. If you feel well and can tolerate them, add in grains and dairy (obviously provided you already have these in your diet and have no sensitivities to them).

Have a detox story to share with us? We’d love to hear your experiences with detoxing. Contact us and let us know how you detoxed and what results you experienced.

 

 

 Posted by at 9:29 pm
Mar 092017
 

Exciting news: based on prior successful research, scientists in Sweden are planning a new trial combining components expected to have a positive effect on Type II Diabetes and NAFLD.

Researchers at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology’s Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab) research center and Gothenburg University, Sweden, say they have isolated constituents that appear to help the body’s ability to burn fat. Results were published this February.

Mixing substances that showed the most potential in this arena, the researchers are planning a new trial to isolate the mechanism and measure results.

Dr. Adil Mardinoglu, lead author of the published study, said of the new research, “This mixture can potentially decrease the amount of the fat accumulated in the liver.”

The method, if successful, would be groundbreaking because “there is no such drug available at present,” Dr. Mardinoglu said, adding further clinical trials are slated for later in 2017.

A “Cocktail” of Fatty Liver-Busting Ingredients

Researchers have not yet revealed the exact ingredients that will be used, but described the prospective mixture as “a cocktail” that increases the oxidation of fat, as well as synthesis of the antioxidants.

Scientists hope the mixture will fight not only NAFLD but also Type II Diabetes, two conditions that are interrelated in a notable percentage of patients.

The prior, flagship study involved 86 patients.

Study co-author Dr. Ulf Smith, University of Gothenburg, noted, “Considering NAFLD and diabetes are common conditions that regularly co-exist and can act synergistically to drive adverse outcomes, such a mixture of substances might also be used in the treatment of subjects with diabetes.”

This means there could be hope for future patients experiencing a constellation of metabolic symptoms and the negative effects of each.

If successful, the treatment cocktail may have applications in other liver diseases as well, the study authors noted.

 

 

 

 

 

 Posted by at 7:06 pm
Feb 282017
 

When I began my NAFLD-busting journey (as I affectionately – wait, is that aggressively? – like to call it), I quickly found that substitutions were the way to go in order to lose the weight I needed to lose while still feeling full.

I substituted low glycemic index veggies for potatoes or rice, poultry for red meat, vinegar and salt for heavy salad dressings…actually, it’s amazing how many substitutions you can find.

But I made a few mistakes along the way. And one mistake was “substitution” natural sugars.

A Bitter Truth

I had heard quite a bit of hype about agave nectar, and of course, there was always honey, a naturally (if kind of disgustingly) produced product.

I’m not crazy about honey, for some reason. But agave nectar sounded like the perfect table sugar substitute.  It comes from a cactus-like plant, the blue agave; the same one from which tequila is made, actually. First Nations people in the Americas called it “honey water” for obvious reasons: it’s a liquid, and it’s sweet.

Sweetness that comes directly from plants has to be healthy for you – certainly healthier than refined table sugar. Right?

Not so fast. Actually, plant-based sugars, usually fructose, could have just as much of an impact on your system as sugar from a Milky Way or from the bowl on your breakfast table. Here’s why fructose isn’t necessarily a healthy substitution when it comes to weight, weight loss, and NALFD.

Fructose v. Glucose

A very large part of the sugar in the average American’s diet comes from glucose (and glucose is what all foods are converted into in the system in order to be transported for use or for storage).

Sucrose, a refined form of sugar, comes from a combination of fructose and glucose.

But fructose alone, as, usually, fruit sugar (but also available from some other plants), is perhaps the most insidious form of sugar danger we consume in modern, first-world societies. Fruit was at one time a very minor part of the average diet. It was not available year-round except in certain areas; in those locales, supplementation with other foods was frequently also available as a temperate zone abundant in water came with not only growing plants but also the animals that came to feed on them and which humans traditionally hunted or used for milk.

Fructose today is available not only in fruits, which can be shipped globally and preserved with an astounding variety of methods, but is also used to sweeten some prepared foods and as noted above, is a component of sucrose, or table sugar.

And although the three sugars act slightly differently in the body, the result is generally the same – the body can only handle so much sugar, whether refined or “natural,” before it becomes not only overweight if an overabundance calorie-wise is consumed, but ultimately, ill.

Not Woo Science

The fact that fructose can negatively impact an NAFLD condition, or encourage one to develop, isn’t just the panic-button stuff of which “natural blogs” (not that we have anything against them) are made. Researchers agree that harmless as you might think it is, fruit sugar can in fact be bad for your liver.

Indeed, researchers at Harvard University agree that too much fructose can negatively affect not only your liver but your heart and arteries at well.

According to Harvard professionals, an excess of fructose:

  • elevates triglycerides
  • increases harmful LDL (so-called bad cholesterol)
  • promotes the buildup of fat around organs (visceral fat)
  • increases blood pressure
  • makes tissues insulin-resistant, a precursor to diabetes
  • increases the production of free radicals, energetic compounds that can damage DNA and cells

(The above information was obtained from this article.)

Emergency! (Or Not?)

With that said, there is an emphasis on the “too much” in those statements.

What is too much fructose, anyway?

According to experts, there’s no need to go running off in a panic throwing away all the apples in your crisper. However, you SHOULD be aware of how much sugar you’re eating in a day, including ingredients in prepared foods, added table sugar, and unrefined sugars such as honey, and fruit.

For the average man, no more than 37.5 grams of sugar (9 teaspoons) should be consumed daily; for women, no more than 25 grams (6 teaspoons).

Start reading labels, understand where sugar can be hiding in foods, and count ALL your sugar each day if you’re monitoring or attempting to combat an NAFLD condition, and especially if you’re trying to control your weight.

Your liver will thank you.

 Posted by at 9:47 pm
Feb 232017
 

It’s something few of us will want to hear: Scientists at the German Diabetes Center, Dusseldorf and Helhmoltz Center, Munich are making the claim that just one over-fat meal really can harm us.

According to a study published in February in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, research participants of a normal weight given a palm oil-laden drink equivalent in fat to a giant fast-food meal were slapped with reduced insulin (glucose clean-up) action and an increase in liver fat.

What makes the results so daunting is that they were immediate, following just one meal.

But is it time to panic yet – or worse, throw in the towel on your whole day (or week) because the damage has already been done?

Not so fast, say study critics, who point out that the results were short-term (immediate, in fact), did not prove a longer or more permanent degree of damage, were produced on slim people, and were specific to palm oil, which itself may or may not be a factor.

“Overeating” as Defined By The Study

The German scientists did not make a general claim as to what overeating or over-fat might men in general, but did give specifics as to what the study participants consumed.

The flavored drink’s negative health factor was based on total fat content, not on calories, and contained as much fat as two cheeseburgers plus French fries, or two meat-laden pizzas.

Because fat specifically was ingested, further research is needed to determine just how temporary the fat increase noted in the liver of each subject was.

The Insulin Resistance Factor

However, the other, and potentially more urgent, issue is how the respondents’ insulin response was impacted following the heavy drink. The participants were not noted to have insulin resistance/metabolic syndrome, but their insulin action was impacted nevertheless.

For a healthy individual – particularly if such a large intake of fat and/or calories were only occasional – this might not have a negative overall health impact. But for individuals suffering from NAFLD, or for people who are overweight but do not have an NAFLD diagnosis, reduced insulin activity and an increased period of time of glucose in the blood, could be a larger problem, both immediately and over time.

This means for either slim or overweight people of any health status, that one giant cheeseburger meal could eventually add up.

Should You or Shouldn’t You? How Cheating Impacts Your Diet

One’s diet is a personal thing. If you’re on a fat/weight reduction diet specifically, then it’s all the more personal. In other words, what works for you may work for the next person – but it might not.

But one thing is nearly universal: when we allow ourselves what we determine to be a small cheat, a certain percentage of us (and not a small one, either) will increase it in increments until, potentially, there’s a problem.

This means if you decide upon one cheat meal per week, the meal may over time get bigger; you may figure if once “didn’t hurt,” twice won’t either; or you may be triggered either physically or emotionally by your “cheat” and end up going off the rails for the entire day, or longer.

If you know any of the above describe you, it may be best to stay away from planned cheats and work around potentially bad food choice situations, such as going away on vacation or a business trip or realizing you’ve forgotten your lunch at home. Scope out healthier choices in the area or ask chefs or fast food restaurants to modify your meal (no chips or fries, lettuce-wrapped rather than a bun, grilled chicken v. the burger or breaded chicken, etc.).

Whether you have an NAFLD condition or are looking to keep one from occurring, your take-home from the study should be that we really don’t know yet what even one negative food choice will do, but there’s no need to panic, either. Instead, make good food choices whenever and wherever you can, and beware of slippery slopes such as that “just once won’t hurt” super-size meal that could super size itself in ways you hadn’t even considered.

 

 Posted by at 7:52 pm
Feb 152017
 

Image: thetimesinplainenglish.com

If you’ve been diagnosed with NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease), it’s likely your doctor has recommended diet and lifestyle changes along with watchful waiting and follow-up tests in a certain amount of weeks or months.

This is especially true if you are in the beginning stages of NAFLD, which are more easily managed via weight loss and exercise and do not generally require medication.

But the reality is that often, other conditions do exist along with NAFLD. Generally, these run along the lines of insulin and/or weight issues. When a condition – for example, metabolic syndrome/insulin resistance, or developing diabetes – is discovered along with NAFLD, even if that condition is mild, more and more doctors are seeking treatments for the concurrent issue in order to hopefully alleviate or at least stall the progression of NAFLD.

But could the treatment hurt more than the cure, as the old saying goes? Here is, currently, one of the most commonly prescribed medications off-label to help treat NAFLD, and the side effects that may accompany it. (Please note that we neither endorse nor seek to discredit this particular medication: the commentary below is for illustration purposes only. The following information is not inclusive. Please speak to your doctor directly for facts on taking Metformin and potential benefits or side effects.)

Metformin

Metformin (most common marketing name: Glucophage) is one of the most frequently prescribed pharmaceutical treatments for Type II diabetes, a condition found in in a percentage of NAFLD patients.

A statistically significant number of Type II diabetes patients are also overweight (as are a percentage of NAFLD patients). There is some evidence that this medication may help stabilize weight or even be accompanied by weight loss, and though this is not a claim made by doctors or the producer of Metformin in an official way (correlation/causation has not been established), observation of the apparent phenomenon is one reason physicians may be willing to attempt this line of treatment off-label for NAFLD sufferers.

Metformin has a very positive history of helping Type II diabetic individuals and women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), but is contraindicated (recommended against) in cases of kidney disease, lung disease, and severe liver disease. (Stage I NAFLD is not generally considered, by itself, to be a severe form of liver disease but rather, a preliminary one.) If your doctor is suggesting Metformin, don’t discount it, but do be aware of the risk of side effects.

These may include:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • stomach pain
  • diarrhea
  • loss of appetite
  • a metallic taste in the mouth

These are generally not life-threatening effects, but can be uncomfortable, can impact one’s quality of life if they are frequent, and may result in a degree of damage if they persist. Also, if you are underweight or have absorption issues, a loss of appetite and diarrhea could make these issues worse. Tell your doctor if you experience any of the above.

Very rare side effects of Metformin may include:

  • Elevated levels of lactic acid in the blood (lactic acidosis)
  • Decreased absorption of vitamin B12 during long-term use
  • Skin reactions such as rash, itching or flushing

The first two will only be detectable by symptoms and medical testing; for any skin reaction, IMMEDIATELY contact your physician or go to the nearest emergency room or Urgent Care. You may  be experiencing an allergic reaction to the medication.

Is Metformin “The Bad Guy”?

First, the above information is not intended to refute any advice or instruction given by your physician. If you are under the care of your doctor, DO NOT stop any current medication, alter the amount or timing of your medications, or begin any medicine, including over-the-counter preparations, without consulting your doctor first.

In many cases and for many patients, Metformin can be beneficial for their Type II diabetes condition. So we’re not advising you to skip this or another medication which could, even if indirectly, help you to get healthier.

Rather, the above illustration is made to point out that a drug is a drug is a drug, as the saying goes (in a slightly modified way for our purposes here), and both sides of the coin should be considered before deciding upon any pharmaceutical or surgical course of treatment.

Whatever treatment you and your physician choose, make sure to implement all lifestyle changes your doctor recommends. In the final analysis, to date, only a reduction of overall bodyfat has been directly implicated in improving NAFLD in a statistical portion of sufferers. Once you have that in place, follow your doctor’s instructions and be sure to ask questions, report any side effects, and follow up with all testing in a timely fashion so you can make the most of your treatment – and your health.

 

 

 

 

 Posted by at 10:41 pm
Jan 202017
 

A peer-reviewed study published in the journal “Nature” says glyphosate-based herbicides, such as the weed killer Roundup, was NAFLD-promoting in laboratory mice.

Blood and urine were measured for the chemical and for negative health changes. The conclusion of the study researchers was that it appears glyphosate may either induce NAFLD or make an already-developing NAFLD condition worse.

Natural movement followers and environmentally conscious individuals across the globe have long been protesting various methods and ingredients utilized by industry giant Monsanto. Targeting Roundup may be just one more arrow aimed at the empire, though studies such as this one appear to prove there’s evidence to give a health-conscious consumer pause.

And though many ingredients could show harm or toxicity in extreme amounts per total body weight, according to this study, the dose of glyphosate was “ultra-low” given the total size of each mouse.

Should You Worry?

There are many reasons to be wary of commercial pesticides. Specifically, it goes without saying that anything designed to kill – even if only small animals – has the potential to do harm to a larger creature, such as a human, particularly with repeated and/or large-scale exposure.

Most of us would do well to limit the amount of chemical products we are exposed to, and this or any study should be taken in a larger context and viewed in a cost/benefit view healthwise before utilizing the identified ingredient.

However, if you’re already struggling with an NAFLD condition, it only makes sense to limit your utilization of products and ingredients that have been proven to aggravate the condition.

 

Finding Alternatives

If you grow your own plants – particularly edible materials – you will want to be conscious of what kind of soil you use (and what went into it in the processing, if you did not produce your own compost); where you get your seeds from; and what you add to the plants and the soil during the growing process.

Alternatives to garden pests exist in various ways, including entirely non-environmentally harmful (using masking tape to trap aphids, for example). Some, though not all, are as simple as mixing a few ingredients into a spray bottle; others are a bit more complex, but may be worth the work for the exchange of good health.

We don’t endorse any one natural-living blog (or for that matter, any one lifestyle and choices for what to keep around the home), but as a starting-off point, we uncovered this article a blog that has a solid readership. Because we can not personally vouch for the validity of the methods in the article, we suggest you use this or another, similar article (Google or Bing for a list) as a starting point toward uncovering natural ways to rid your garden and home of pests. Then do your own homework and try out the various methods until you find the one, or ones, that work best for you.

Any step toward a healthier liver is a good starting point. Reducing or eliminating known liver offenders can offer you better health and a more comfortable future, so start with small changes and see what makes you feel better. As always, do plenty of research before making significant lifestyle changes and when in doubt whether or not to utilize any particular ingredient or product given your own health status, ask your physician.

 

 

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