In this article, we’re delving into our bodies for an internal self-discovery journey.
So, bear with us as this piece is full of wonderful information about liver health.
Before we start, it’s important to note that Fatty Liver is not a chronic disease; however, it is one of the physical conditions which could easily be remedied by lifestyle alteration and commitment.
Committing to a strictly light in fats and vegetable-based diet could be uneasy for most of us living in a gourmand society such as the Egyptian one.
Compared to Fattah or Mahshy, a leafy green-vegetable salad bowl might seem bland and soulless (because you haven’t tried our salads yet).
I think you’re all set for it… So, let’s jump right into it.
Where Is the Liver, and What Are Its Functions?
The liver is the second largest organ in the body. It resembles a large piece of meat sitting on the right side of the belly.
Simply put, the liver is a blood filter. From the digestive tract, the blood passes through the liver before proceeding to the rest of the body parts. Bypassing through the liver, the blood gets detoxified from chemicals, metabolized from drugs, and takes the proteins needed for clotting. These are only some of the many functions the liver does.
Just as it cleans the blood running in our veins every day, the liver needs self-cleaning as well. In order to self-cleanse, the liver needs enzymes. Many diets we believe to be healthy might be restricting us from the daily intake of the enzymes needed for bodily functions.
This is why it is best to always consult your health coach, dietitian or nutritionist before taking the step of fully implementing any diets.
How Does the Liver Get to Become Fatty?
There are two types of fatty liver disease, alcoholic and non-alcoholic.
Let’s see how to differentiate between alcoholic and non-alcoholic fatty liver.
Alcoholic Fatty Liver
As the name clearly states, alcoholic fatty liver disease (AFLD) is developed by excessive alcohol intake. Unlike the brain, the liver is a very resilient organ. It is capable of immediately regenerating new cells to replace the dead ones.
Every time the liver filters alcohol some of its cells die. Regardless of how resilient the liver is, excessive and prolonged alcohol intake reduces the liver’s ability to regenerate cells. This causes fat to build-up on the liver, resulting in eventually alcoholic fatty liver disease.
When in its first stages, this condition is easily reversible simply by quitting alcohol for a minimum of 2 weeks.
Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver
As the name implies here as well, Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) is the result of too much fat accumulation on the liver.
There are no exact reasons why some livers accumulate fats and the same goes for liver inflammation.
Some of the symptoms of the alcoholic and non-alcoholic fatty liver are:
- Slight fatigue
- Confusion or drowsiness
- Weight loss with swelling in the tummy and ankles
- Overweight and obesity
- Insulin resistance
- High levels of fat in the blood
- Hyperglycemia (High Blood Pressure)
Noticing the presence of any of the above-mentioned symptoms persisting is definitely a call to action.
How to Cure, Reverse or Remedy Fatty Liver
Conventional medicine has not yet found apparent reasons for the appearance of non-alcoholic fatty liver, therefore, there is no medicinal cure for it.
However, in some ancient cultures, people were able to find remedies to almost everything, through nature.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TMC) for instance, all the inner organs work in pairs, and all the couples work together in harmony in order for the human bodily functions to be at their best. Each of these “inner organ couples” is associated with an outside earth element.
Since today we’re talking about the liver specifically, we’ll focus on that.
The liver is paired with the gall bladder, and its outside element is wood. We’ll give more insight into the rest of the organs in a future article.
In the presence of any disharmony, each of the two organs ceases to successfully complete its tasks leading to what we call dis-ease.
Alternative Remedies for Fatty Liver
Remedying Fatty Liver can take time and persistence; however, it definitely yields excellent results.
Some of the natural remedies would be going on a general detox or specific liver detox regime comprising Juices and Herbal Drinks, changing your dietary plan to be more “liver-friendly”, having Chi Nei Tsang sessions to boost the cleanse at the start, and of course, committing to all the above.
General or Specific Liver Detox
To specifically address the detoxing of the liver it is better to increase the intake of whatever is seasonally accessible from the below items.
Teas, Herbs, and Nuts
- Dandelion Root
- Green Tea
Of course, there are endless food recipes online from which you can choose what suits you most.
We always recommend consulting your nutritionist or dietitian as well in order to succeed in following the meal plan.
What is Chi Nei Tsang and Are There Professional Accredited Practitioners in Egypt?
Chi Nei Tsang literally means “Internal Organ Chi Transformation”. In traditional Chinese medicine, “Chi” is the name given to Universal Energy or Vital Life Force Energy; which is basically the flow of energy in our bodies responsible for our livelihood and health.
These abdominal massage sessions are particularly helpful before, during and after starting any cleanse in general. Chi Nei Tsang aids the abdominal area to deeply relax and soften while releasing any energetic blockages in order to prepare the body for further detoxification.
Yes, you can have sessions in Egypt.
There are many Egyptian Chi Nei Tsang Practitioners in Cairo. Some of our team members have been testing sessions with Radwa Etman, who is an Egyptian practitioner who has been regularly practicing for almost 5 years.
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Keep an eye out for more interesting topics in the upcoming articles.