Discover an incredibly simple procedure to support liver health

Rates of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) – excessive fatty deposits in the liver in people with no history of alcohol abuse – are skyrocketing in the United States, with some experts placing the incidence at a staggering high of one in three adults. Although many cases of NAFLD are mild, the disease can sometimes progress to serious or even fatal consequences, including liver cancer.

Now, exciting new research published in the peer-reviewed journal Molecular metabolism suggests that a simple intervention – usual exercise – can significantly improve the condition and even play a role in its prevention. To learn more about the effects of this surprising natural strategy on NAFLD, read on.

Skyrocketing Obesity Rates Trigger National NAFLD Epidemic

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that a shocking 66% of American adults are currently overweight or obese, which largely explains the rising rates of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. As the name suggests, the root cause is not excess alcohol – but consumption of too many toxic foods and lack of physical activity.

Excessive consumption of high fructose corn syrup and many other processed foods leads to fatty deposits in the liver, which over time causes mitochondrial dysfunction in liver cells. Experts estimate that in 20-30% of cases, NAFLD progresses to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (or NASH), a more serious condition that can sometimes lead to liver fibrosis (scarring), liver cirrhosis, liver failure, cancer liver and death.

Study: Regular Exercise Attenuates NAFLD at the Molecular Level

According to a new study by scientists from Helmholtz Munich and Tubingen University Hospital, exercise causes molecular adaptations of mitochondria in the liver that may prevent the development of fatty liver disease. During the six-week study, the mice were fed a high-calorie diet – and some received ‘treadmill training’, meaning they exercised regularly.

The team found that regular physical activity regulates the breakdown of glucose in the liver and improves the function of mitochondria, also known as the ‘powerhouses’ of the cell. The “exercised” mice also showed improvements in blood sugar control. In addition, regular physical activity improves the respiratory capacity of the muscles, thereby relieving stress on the liver.

Although the study was conducted on animals, it mirrors the results of human research. “The results fit very well with the approaches of ongoing clinical studies,” said study leader Dr. Cora Weigert.

People run/walk on treadmills at a New York City sports club (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Additional studies support the ability of regular exercise to improve liver health

In a review published in 2018 in Gene expressionthe Liver Research Journal, the authors summarized the evidence for the effects of regular physical exercise on NAFLD and NASH. They noted that several clinical trials have shown that aerobic and resistance exercise reduce liver fat through several different pathways. These include improving insulin resistance – which reduces excess fat and glucose delivery to the liver – increasing fatty acid oxidation (in other words, burning fat ), decrease in fatty acid synthesis and prevention of mitochondria and liver damage.

In light of all of this, it should come as no surprise that the American Gastroenterological Association, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, and American College of Gastroenterology all recommend exercise for NAFLD!

What type of exercise is best for NAFLD?

Studies suggest that a wide variety of exercise styles, intensities, and durations can benefit NAFLD. The authors of the 2018 review cited a study of overweight and obese NAFLD patients that assessed the effects of three different exercise regimens: low intensity/high volume, high intensity/low volume, and low intensity/low volume. Each has been shown to cause significant reductions in liver fat.

In another study, NASH patients performed a moderate exercise program consisting of 20 to 60 minute sessions four to seven days a week. The program, which included both resistance and aerobic training, resulted in significant improvement in NASH.

Resistance training includes weightlifting, squats, lunges, and pushups. You can get aerobic exercise by jogging, cycling, dancing, swimming, and even brisk walking. However, researchers in several studies have pointed out that the most important factor is that the exercise routine matches the individual’s abilities and preferences.

By the way, the general recommendation from the National Institutes of Health is that adults get 30 minutes of exercise five days a week. But, check with your integrative physician first before embarking on an exercise program to treat NAFLD. Although there is currently no consensus on which type of exercise is “best” for NAFLD, almost all types of exercise usual physical activity can be beneficial.

By showing exactly how regular exercise positively impacts fatty liver disease, the new study helps showcase the exciting potential of this simple, drug-free and non-toxic natural intervention. If needed, get coaching advice and get started today.

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