A healthy lifestyle will go a long way towards improving your quality of life, even in the face of numerous chronic conditions, and therefore is important to strive for regardless. Furthermore, while fatty liver disease can’t be cured, there is some evidence to suggest that certain home remedies, such as lemon water, apple cider vinegar, green tea, and turmeric milk can help mitigate some symptoms of the disease and make for better living.
Water is essential to life, and lemon is well known as a superfood when it comes to health. This is largely due to the vitamin C content of lemons, which makes the immune system stronger; considering that immune diseases are sometimes associated with FLD, drinking lemon water two or three times a day can help protect your health by mitigating some of the factors that contribute to FLD. The antioxidants in lemon can also help prevent damage to liver cells and help stem inflammation.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is often touted as a superfood. It’s believed that it can help with fatty liver disease by breaking down fat deposits in the liver (and elsewhere, for that matter), which can, along with diet and exercise, contribute to weight loss. As mentioned earlier, obesity is a risk factor for and compounds FLD, so losing weight can help you stay healthy. For best results with apple cider vinegar, use the raw and unfiltered kind, and drink one tablespoon of it mixed with a glass of lukewarm water before every meal for up to two months.Related: 11 Liver Damage Signs You Can’t Ignore
Three or four cups of green tea on a daily basis can contribute to a healthier liver. This is due largely in part to the drink’s ability to lower the levels of LDL cholesterol (the bad kind), while increasing the levels of HDL cholesterol (the good kind) at the same time. It’s also thought that green tea, particularly because of the inclusion of caffeine, can contribute to weight loss, which helps improve overall health in addition to liver health. For these reasons, there is some evidence to suggest green tea is helpful for NAFLD.
Much like green tea, it’s believed that turmeric can help combat FLD via a lowering of cholesterol levels. This is due largely in part to curcumin, which is the key ingredient of turmeric. Specifically, turmeric extract taken via mouth can help lower LDL cholesterol levels safely. It’s also believed that turmeric can be helpful in other ways, namely by helping to regulate insulin levels, which can help diabetics with or without FLD, and by reducing the inflammation that occurs in the liver and other organs. There is room for more research, but initial results are somewhat promising.
While there is no cure for fatty liver disease, there are things that can be done to make living with it much easier. First, cut down your risk of contracting it in the first place by eating healthy, staying active, and avoiding alcohol. Even if you do contract FLD, maintain a healthy lifestyle and check in regularly with your doctor to monitor the condition. As mentioned above, natural supplements can contribute to protecting your health and mitigating the effects of FLD.Related: 6 Ways You’re Hurting Your Liver That Aren’t Drinking