Fatty liver is a very common disease in developed countries, even though it is not very known. Although it can be a very light disease and only cause tiredness or some nausea, it can grow into cirrhosis and complete liver failure and increase the risk of obesity, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
For this reason it is important that you take care of your liver.
The basic rules for a healthy liver are:
- Exercise daily (this activates the metabolic functions of the liver)
- Eat rightly. Research shows that a diet high in leafy vegetables, fruit, and grains and low in meat is best for the liver. Milk has also been linked to liver problems and it is best that it is avoided. The same goes to any product derived from milk, such as cheese, or yogurt.
- Take supplements that help the liver regenerate. Some supplements, such as milk thistle and turmeric, have been proven to regenerate the liver beyond what was thought possible – they have even reversed cancer in experimental settings and are being tested very actively.
Here is what a fatty liver diet menu would look like:
You can start the day with, for example, a banana and oatmeal (prepared with ginger). If you know you will be eating a mid-morning snack, which is recommended, you can have instead just a fresh juice (try apple and carrot). Take the supplements.
Because most people do not have time to cook at lunch, you will have prepared your meal the day before. For that reason a sandwich is perfect, for example, a tofu sandwich with lots of lettuce and tomato.
There are thousands of recipes you could fit here. Because most people are not familiar with them I will give you a simple recipe of beans and rice with brussels sprouts, peas, and carrot. Fruit for dessert. However, you can browse the net for vegan recipes (some are really tasty).
Juice made with fruits and vegetables or simply eating fruit or carrot sticks. For your snacks, at least while you are still healing, stay away from store-prepared snacks, even those "healthy" snacks.
Once a week or so you can treat yourself with meat, fish, milk, chocolate, or anything you like. If you can do without them you will heal much faster, but they will not reverse any progress you made during the week if eat in moderation.