Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (also called NAFLD) can be caused by a number of factors. Some people can only tolerate certain kinds of foods and cannot eat anything that contains high amounts of fat, for instance, red meat, poultry, processed meat, dairy products, etc. Others have genetic predispositions to it, which means that they are simply destined to have the condition whatever. Still others are simply unhealthy and refuse to obey their doctors’ dietary restrictions, resulting in fatty liver.
NAFLD is classified into 2 general groups. One deals with NAFLD that results from a buildup of fatty livers in the liver, the other dealing with NAFLD that resulting from a malfunctioning liver. In between these 2 categories there exist different types of non alcoholic fatty liver disease that can be managed by modifying one’s diet and lifestyle.
The first group consists of patients who simply refuse to follow a strict diet and strictly exercise and eat only small amounts of food, sometimes just enough to survive. There is no way that they could ever hope to achieve and maintain a fit body, since eating small amounts of food would mean severely limiting themselves on some essential nutrients, like protein, which they actually lack. The second type of non alcoholic fatty liver disease is one where the liver is seriously damaged and cannot function properly due to some reason, most often some kind of alcohol-induced damage. Such patients need to follow a strict diet and exercise regime, with special supplements that help repair the liver quickly and effectively.
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease diets differ among different countries and regions, but they usually center around a specific food type. Milk products, white meats and butter are highly recommended, because they can provide all the essential nutrients necessary for the body. Eggs, cheese, poultry, vegetables and fruits also form the foundation of a non alcoholic fatty liver disease diet. Fatty fish and tropical fruits should be included in the menu as well.
In many regions, dairy products are an important part of the diet, especially in places where rice is a major source of nutrition. This type of non alcoholic fatty liver diet should contain low-fat milk and yogurt, cottage cheese, low-fat ice cream and other low-fat dairy products. Rice milk, coconut milk and soy milk may also be considered. Cereals, bread and pasta should be avoided, as well as refined carbohydrates like white rice and white pasta. Fruits, vegetables and nuts are highly recommended.
An NAFLD diet should always include fresh fruits, vegetables and lean meat. Meats that are especially low in fat content, like organically raised beef, turkey and pork, are highly recommended. Some regions have stricter dietary restrictions on fatty liver, so it’s best to check with your doctor before including any specific foods or products. As a general rule, try to avoid eating too much red meat. Salmon and trout, as well as game meats such as buffalo and venison, should also be eaten in limited quantities.
Seafood is a great source of protein and vitamins. However, it is important to make sure that the seafood you get is free from any contaminants. Organic, sustainable seafood is a good choice. Fish that are caught only once, such as wild Alaskan salmon, bluefish and swordfish, are much better for your health than fish caught multiple times. Fresh shrimp, mussels and clams are also healthy. Eating fish in moderation is an important element of an NAFLD diet.
The liver plays an important role in our body’s ability to properly digest and absorb nutrients. Improper digestion results in excess fluid in the stool and can lead to constipation. An NAFLD diet that doesn’t include enough fiber can cause constipation as the stool is not able to fully pass through the bowel.