Excessive or chronic alcohol consumption can lead to fatty degeneration of the liver cells.
This often results in serious illnesses.
Fatty liver is an increasingly common disease: in Germany, every third adult and every third overweight child now suffers from what is known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD, Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease).
However, doctors distinguish them from alcoholic fatty liver disease (AFLD).
This is caused by chronic, excessive alcohol consumption or alcohol dependence and can lead to serious secondary diseases.
Alcoholic fatty liver: Excessive consumption of alcohol leads to liver damage
In men, 20 grams of alcohol daily can lead to liver damage.
For women it is already 10 grams.
Alcoholic fatty liver disease is the first stage of liver disease caused by excessive or chronic alcohol consumption.
If the liver is put under too much strain due to excessive alcohol consumption, metabolic and detoxification processes can be interrupted.
In addition, the liver cells can be damaged when alcohol is broken down by the substances that occur (e.g. acetaldehyde).
This can lead to increased fat deposits and alcoholic fatty liver.
However, since the liver has the ability to regenerate, it can heal again if those affected stop drinking alcohol in this first stage.
However, if you continue to drink, the second stage can lead to liver inflammation: Alcoholic hepatitis is already a serious health hazard. If no specific symptoms occur, it usually goes unnoticed and can become chronic.
Thus, it can lead to liver fibrosis.
This is a tissue change caused by pathological proliferation of connective tissue cells.
Acute liver failure is also possible in this phase.
If there is complete scarring, one speaks of liver cirrhosis – the final stage.
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Alcoholic fatty liver: If diagnosed, it is necessary to abstain from alcohol
For men, the dose threshold for liver damage is 20 grams of alcohol (e.g. a large glass of beer) per day.
In women, as little as ten grams of alcohol a day can lead to alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver.
If a doctor diagnoses alcoholic fatty liver disease or a later stage, then immediate and permanent abstinence from alcohol is necessary.
This affects not only alcohol addicts, but also people who drink too much.
Fatty liver: ten foods will help your organ get healthy again
Garlic contains the active compounds allicin, selenium and sulfur compounds, which are beneficial for liver health and can cure fatty liver.
Garlic promotes the detoxification process by activating liver enzymes.
Grapefruit is one of the fruits that can promote liver detoxification as it is high in antioxidants.
They contribute to the regeneration of a fatty liver and generally improve liver function.
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Cabbage varieties such as broccoli, red cabbage or Brussels sprouts should end up on the plate regularly if you suffer from fatty liver and want to cure it.
Cabbage has an intensive cleansing effect and can neutralize toxins.
Anyone suffering from fatty liver should drink plenty of water or unsweetened tea.
Green tea in particular is particularly suitable for detoxifying the organ.
Thanks to the antioxidants it contains, the accumulations of fat can be better dissolved and eliminated.
It not only helps to reverse the fatty degeneration of the liver cells, but can also help with weight loss.
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Hands holding avocadoEven though many people in Germany suffer from fatty liver these days, there is still good news: Fortunately, the liver has the ability to regenerate and can even be cured with a lifestyle change.
Avocados can support the liver here.
Because they not only protect it from toxins, but also help it to regenerate.
TomatoesTomatoes can also relieve your liver.
Because they have a high water content and are rich in the tripeptide glutathione.
As a result, they have a purifying effect and support the work of the organ and the healing of fatty liver.
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BeetrootBeetroot helps filter heavy metals from the blood and also detoxifies the body.
It is therefore also suitable for detoxification and prevention of fatty liver and should not be missing from any menu.
Spinach on a BoardIf you want to do something good for your liver and reverse fatty liver, eat lots of green leafy vegetables like spinach.
The vegetables help neutralize heavy metals and filter out herbicides and pesticides.
It also stimulates the production of bile.
Hands squeeze lemon in lemon squeezer. You can also use lemon juice to help detoxify a fatty liver.
The fruits contain a lot of vitamin C. A glass of hot lemon juice in the morning not only drives away worries and worries, but also stimulates intestinal activity and bile function.
Turmeric Root with SpiceLast but not least, turmeric also helps in detoxifying the liver.
The freshly peeled and grated root or yellow spice can be added to many dishes.
Turmeric supports the detoxification process of a fatty liver.
It is also said to protect against many types of cancer.
This article only contains general information on the respective health topic and is therefore not intended for self-diagnosis, treatment or medication. In no way does it replace a visit to the doctor. Unfortunately, our editors are not allowed to answer individual questions about clinical pictures.
This article only contains general information on the respective health topic and is therefore not intended for self-diagnosis, treatment or medication.
In no way does it replace a visit to the doctor.
Unfortunately, our editors are not allowed to answer individual questions about clinical pictures.
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