It is well known that too much alcohol drinking can cause liver disease.
To many people, excessive drinking alcohol can lead to alcohol-related liver disease. It is a common, preventable disease, and has three different types.
One is fatty liver, the earliest stage of alcohol-related liver disease. It means too much fat is accumulated inside liver cells and make the liver hard to function.
The second type is alcoholic hepatitis, which is an inflammation, or swelling of the liver accompanied by the destruction of liver cells. It can be mild or severe.
The third type is cirrhosis. In this condition, normal liver tissue is replaced by nonliving scar tissue. Heavy drinkers who have alcohol abuse for more than 10 years can develop this disease.
Now in a new study, researchers found that diet may play an important role in liver health. Lab animals bred to consume high amounts of alcohol did not necessarily develop the serious liver problems if they have a healthy diet.
In the study, mice were given different types of diets over four weeks’ period. The diets contained same amounts of alcohol, but different amount of water and artificial sugar.
The results showed that the mice on a diet of alcohol and water consumed more alcohol than the mice maintained on an alcohol diet.
However, the mice on a diet of alcohol and sugar had more liver injury compared with mice that consumed a diet of alcohol and water.
These results showed that the total amount of alcohol consumed is not the only factor that determine liver injury; diet can play an important role too.
The researchers suggest that gut microbiome and fecal metabolites may be important for liver health. Changing the elements of diets can change the influence of alcohol on liver disease.
The findings are important because alcoholic liver disease has become a global health burden. In the United States about half of the population drinks alcohol and approximately 38 million people are estimated to engage in binge drinking behavior.
To prevent liver disease, avoid binge drinking is very important, and the current study shows that control daily diet may also help.
It is already known that some foods can help with liver cleanse, including garlic, grapefruit, beets and carrots, leafy green vegetables, avocados, apples, broccoli, cauliflower, lemons and limes, walnuts, cabbage, and turmeric.
In addition, performing a liver cleanse at least twice a year can eliminate harmful substances trapped in the liver.
Other diet tips to protect your liver include cutting down the amount of protein in your diet. This can help limit the buildup of toxic waste products.
You can also increase carb intake in your meals. Take vitamins and medicines for low blood count, nerve problems, or nutritional problems from liver disease.
Reduce your salt intake. This may help reduce fluid buildup and swelling in the liver.
Finally, exercise can protect your liver too. Regular physical activity can help lose weight, which reduce the risk of fatty liver.
Common exercise, such as walking, cycling, football, yoga, tai chi, Pilates, dancing and jogging can all help.