Fatty liver disease is now one of the diseases that is rising along with obesity and type 2 diabetes. One study says that fatty liver disease has a 25% prevalence globally.
Fortunately, a simple solution like fasting has been shown to have positive effects on people with fatty liver disease particularly, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
Everyone has a physician inside him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food. But to eat when you are sick is to feed your sickness.Hippocrates
Fasting has been practiced for a long time even back on the days of Hippocrates and Plutarch.
Today, Muslims are still practicing it once a year during the Ramadan period. Of course, there are other people who regularly practice fasting for health and therapeutic purposes.
Today, science and medicine are beginning to embrace the therapeutic health benefits of fasting. There are several ways to do fasting and the most common one intermittent fasting.
This type of fasting has been found beneficial and able to regenerate the pancreas of diabetic people. It also an effective natural way to boost the body’s immune system, as well as beneficial for losing weight and lowering blood pressure.
Periodic Fasting On Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver
Instead of using medicine, rather, fast a day.Plutarch
In this study, however, supervised periodic fasting has been studied and found to be beneficial for people with non-alcoholic liver disease.
The periodic fasting lasted for 8.5 days and the results are promising as Dr. Françoise Wilhelmi de Toledo, Director of Fasting Research and Medicine at Buchinger Wilhelmi explains;
The main points of the study can be summarized as follows;
- Periodic fasting significantly reduced the fatty liver index by 14.02 ± 11.67 points, with diabetic subjects benefiting even more (-19.15 ± 11.0 points).
- Almost half of the patients assigned to the highest risk category were able to switch to a lower-risk category.
- Significant weight loss of 4.37 ± 2.42 kg and an abdominal circumference reduction of 5.39 ± 3.27 cm were also documented in all patients. Subjects exhibited lower blood glucose and HbA1c levels, and their liver enzymes and blood lipids also decreased.
- Fasting over a longer period, higher weight loss and a greater reduction in abdominal circumference improved the FLI considerably. In addition, male patients who initially had higher FLI, GOT (an important liver enzyme) and cholesterol levels benefited, particularly from fasting.
- A calculation model showed that each additional day fasting increases the chance of transforming a manifest fatty liver into a lower risk category by 40%.
periodic fasting can be regarded as an easily realizable, well-tolerated, non-pharmaceutical intervention, which effectively reduces the fatty liver index (fli)Drinda S, Grundler F, Neumann T, et al. Effects of Periodic Fasting on Fatty Liver Index-A Prospective Observational Study. Nutrients. 2019;11(11):2601. Published 2019 Oct 30. doi:10.3390/nu11112601
More Health Professionals Employs Fasting In Their Practice
Today, an increasing number of health professionals are finding and embracing the therapeutic benefits of fasting. One of them is Dr. Jason Fung, who also wrote books about fasting available on Amazon.com.
Should Anyone Starts Fasting, Right Now?
It’s clear that regular fasting has many health benefits. However, a person who is so toxic eating unhealthy foods and engaging in an unhealthy lifestyle, it could be difficult to start fasting.
Seeking the assistance of a professional is highly advisable. Hence, it is not recommended to start on your own immediately if one is clueless about fasting.
Look for a medical practitioner in your area who is using fasting as part of their treatment protocol. In this way, you will be guided accordingly and avoid undesirable consequences due to ignorance.
If you cannot find a medical practitioner or someone qualified enough to provide guidance as you start fasting, study it first by reading books written about fasting. Particularly, books by Dr. Jason Fung can be helpful.
Then, as you read books and watched videos about fasting, begin changing your diet by eating healthy foods such as increasing your fruits and vegetable intake. Replacing unhealthy processed foods with whole foods can significantly benefit anyone who wants to start fasting.
Additionally, intermittent fasting can be a good complement to a ketogenic diet. It is a diet known to reduce brain inflammation plus other health benefits including weight loss.
To get started, watch Dr. Eric Berg explains the basics of intermittent fasting.