How To Treat Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease is a common condition among my clients. As such, these clients often ask me what the cause is and can I help them with this problem. In the past, I have suggested that the reason may originate in their gut. Up until recently this idea has been based on anecdotal clinical experience. However, is there a real link between the gut and the liver? A recent scientific study has shown a close association between gut and liver health.
A recently published meta-analysis paper found that two liver enzymes, ALT and AST were significantly reduced in subjects when taking probiotics. A meta-analysis is a summary of findings from different clinical trials. The study in question was a meta-analysis of 4 clinical trials composing of 134 subjects.
ALT and AST are byproducts of liver damage and are two markers that your physician could measure through a blood test.
The study found that ALT and AST were significantly reduced in subjects when taking different blends of lactobacillus-bifidobacterium probiotics.
Lactobacillus-bifidobacterium bacteria are found in most professional brand probiotic supplements including DFH Probiotic Supreme.
The researchers also found that probiotics reduced total cholesterol, TNF-alpha, which is an inflammatory marker, and improved insulin resistance in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease patients.
Everything in your digestive tract flows to and is purified by your liver, via the portal vein. Consequently, this is how we can see why problems with the liver might be ultimately caused by a problem in the gut.
How are the probiotics helping the liver?
The probiotics are improving gut health, and as the gut gets better, there is less mess in the gut that needs to drain to and be cleaned up by the liver. The liver is then less overburdened and can heal and regenerate. There are therefore fewer liver enzymes.
So if you are struggling with a liver condition, unusually elevated liver enzymes, you may consider your gut as the root of the problem. You may have a previously diagnosed digestive condition such as Irritable Bowel Disease or Inflammatory Bowel Disease. You may experience mild digestive symptoms such as heartburn, bloating, constipation or diarrhea. Treating these conditions and symptoms may help Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.
This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.