Is Fasting Good or Bad for the Liver?
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someone recently asked a question about fasting is it good for the liver is going to cause any damage it’s very good for the liver the liver is one of the only organs that can completely regenerate if you have at least 25% of your liver left so it takes a beating but it can actually rebound so on this side we have what happens when you’re eating and this side is when you’re not eating you’re fasting so let’s say for example you’re gonna do an 18 hour fast so that would mean that you ate at 12:00 noon and your second meal at 6 o’clock so that’s a 6 hour eating window that would be when really all the good things start happening now if you fast longer for that and you get to 20 hours that’s even better but that’s a really good sweet spot a lot of people are just doing one meal a day and that’s even better if you can do it especially for regenerating liver function one of the biggest things that is going to happen when you’re fasting is you’re going to deplete your glycogen Reserve so in a very short period of time there’s not going to be any more stored sugar in the liver in the muscle yes but not in the liver so now all that fat on the liver can then be used as fuel after the glycogen has been tapped out and by the way glycogen is just stored sugar many people have a fatty liver and they don’t even realize they have a fatty liver unless they do a test ultrasound or a cat scan or an MRI but one easy way to know that you have a fatty liver is just looking down and seeing if you have a stomach if you have a gut chances are you have a fatty liver so by doing fasting you can release the fat from the liver and use that as energy so you’re reversing a fatty liver also if you have enlarged liver it can help reduce that probably because you’re releasing fat as well as inflammation it’s coming down because one of the things that fasting will do is it gets rid of inflammation so if your liver enzymes are elevated fasting could greatly help you because it gives the liver and the immune system a chance to reset and heal and you can also improve fibrosis at scar tissue or even cirrhosis because you’re decreasing the inflammation and you’re also stimulating something called a tapa G which really starts to kick in about 8 hours 20 hours Tavo G is the recycling of old damaged proteins so if you have scar tissue fibrosis in the liver and you’re doing regular in a minute fasting or a periodic prolonged fasting you can stimulate a tapa G and really help to reverse the damage the key is keeping your insulin low now if you’re overweight or obese chances are you have high insulin because you have insulin resistance if you’re a diabetic you really have high levels of insulin sometimes nine times higher than normal so just by doing fasting you can greatly improve the insulin levels bring that down and that’s when the magic starts happening when you’re eating you’re stimulating insulin so in the presence of insulin you can’t release fat from the liver you can’t burn fat and you have inflammation so this is why intermittent fasting is so vitally important there’s actually an interesting gene that gets expressed or activated when you fast that helps to get fat off the liver if you want more technical information about that I put a link down below one last thing about this other hormone called igf-1 like growth factor number one this hormone also increases when you’re fasting when you’re not eating and this is very similar to growth hormone growth hormone is a fat burning hormone it’s anti-aging it helps you with protein building and repair now I know I said one last thing but there’s one additional thing I almost forgot about and that would be taking choline if you have a fatty liver choline is a fantastic natural B vitamin to help speed up the reduction of fat off your liver you can get in a powder or pill I don’t have a specific brand you can just look around for something that has good reviews and try that the choline is good by the way did you know that the food that is very high in choline is egg yolks yeah interesting egg yolks can help with the fabula ver you would think it’s just the opposite the other thing is outside the vinegar apple cider vinegar is really good to help counter a fatty liver it’s also good to help stabilize blood sugars all right now I’m really done so if you want more knowledge on how to create a healthy body subscribe now and get daily notifications
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In this video, we’re going to talk about fasting for liver health. Is fasting good for the liver?
Intermittent fasting is very good for the liver. The liver is one of the only organs that can completely regenerate if you have at least 25% of your liver left. If you look down and you have a gut, chances are you have a fatty liver.
When you do a fast for 18+ hours, you can:
• Reverse a fatty liver (the fat on the liver can be used as fuel)
• Reduce an enlarged liver
• Lower liver enzymes (lower inflammation)
• Improve fibrosis
• Stimulate autophagy
The key is keeping your insulin low. If you’re overweight, chances are you have high insulin. If you’re a diabetic, you especially have high insulin. Fasting can greatly improve insulin levels.
When you eat, you’re stimulating insulin. In the presence of insulin:
• You can’t release fat from the liver
• You can’t burn fat
• You have inflammation
*Intermittent fasting is essential to help with fatty liver disease.
If you have a fatty liver, you may also want to try:
1. Taking choline
2. Taking apple cider vinegar
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Dr. Berg, 53 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of The New Body Type Guide and other books published by KB Publishing. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.
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