The acidic fat starts to increase in the liver, gradually infiltrating the healthy liver areas, so that less and less healthy liver tissue remains.
The acidic fatty liver has a yellow greasy appearance and is often enlarged and swollen with fat. This acidic fatty infiltration slows down the metabolism of body fat stores, which means that the liver burns fat less efficiently, resulting in weight gain and inability to lose weight. However some people can have a fatty liver without being overweight.
Acidic fatty liver is a reversible condition and often has no symptoms and does not cause any permanent damage.
The liver is the second largest organ in the body. The liver’s function is to process everything we eat or drink and filter any harmful substances from the blood. The liver commonly repairs itself within six weeks by rebuilding new liver cells when the old ones are damaged. When there is repeated damage to the liver, permanent scarring takes place. This is called cirrhosis.
Most cases of acidic fatty liver are detected between ages 40 and 60. When acidic fatty liver is caused by an underlying condition, it can become harmful to the liver if the cause is not recognized and treated.
There are typically no symptoms of fatty liver. Some people experience fatigue or vague abdominal discomfort. The liver may become slightly enlarged—which will be noticed by the doctor thorough a physical exam.
If the liver has become inflamed, there may be other symptoms, such as poor appetite, weight loss, and feeling extremely weak, sick, or tired.
The most common cause of a fatty liver is alcoholism. Almost all heavy drinkers have acidic fatty liver disease due to severe metabolic acidosis. Other causes are toxins, certain drugs, and inherited metabolic disorders. In many cases, doctors are not exactly sure what causes acidic fatty liver in people who aren’t alcoholics, but it has been associated with high blood cholesterol, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. All of these symptoms are also caused by an increase of dietary and/or metabolic acids that are NOT properly removed via the four channels of elimination which are respiration, perspiration, defecation and/or urination.
Acidc fatty liver develops when the body creates too much fat or cannot eliminate acidic waste products from diet and/or metabolism. As a result, the leftover acid is stored in liver cells where it accumulates to become acidic fatty liver disease.
There are different types of fatty liver:
- Nonalcoholic Acidic Fatty Liver
Nonalcoholic acidic fatty liver (NAAFL) develops when the liver has difficulty eliminating acidic waste products, which causes a buildup in the liver tissue. The cause is not related to alcohol but is related to excess sugar in the diet. NAAFL is diagnosed when more than 10 percent of the liver is acidic fat.
- Alcoholic Acidic Fatty Liver
Alcoholic acidic fatty liver is the earliest stage of alcohol-related liver disease. The liver is damaged by heavy drinking and unable to break down fats. If the patient abstains from the acid alcohol and eats healthy, the acidic fatty liver will go away. Within six weeks of being alcohol-free, the acid bound fat will disappear. However, if excessive alcohol use continues, cirrhosis or degeneration of the liver may develop.
Since acidic fatty liver is the buildup of extra acid bound fats in the liver, it is more likely to develop if someone is eating lots of acidic sugar and animal proteins which causes overweight or obesity.
Other factors that may increase the risk for acidic fatty liver are:
• excessive alcohol use
• excessive use of over-the-counter medication can increase your risk of acidic fatty liver
• type 2 diabetes (acid bound fat from an acidic lifestyle and diet causes accumulation in the liver and has been linked to insulin resistance, the most common cause of type 2 diabetes)
• high cholesterol which is released by the liver to bind to dietary and/or metabolic acids to protect healthy organs and tissues
• high triglyceride levels which are solidified dietary and/or metabolic acids
• malnutrition or not getting enough alkalizing fruit and vegetables
• metabolic syndrome which is caused by the buildup and poor elimination of dietary and/or metabolic acids
Possible symptoms of acidic fatty liver include:
• Weight excess in the abdominal area
• Inability to lose acid bound fat causing overweight
• Elevated cholesterol and/or triglyceride levels
• Nausea and/or indigestion
• Overheating of the body
• Excessive sweating to remove excess acids through the pores of the skin
• Red itchy eyes
• Discomfort over the liver area
How to diagnose an Acidic Fatty Liver
- Physical Exam
If the liver has become inflamed, physician can detect it by examining the abdomen. An extensive history may reveal fatigue or loss of appetite as well. A thorough history will include poor diet, alcohol use and other medications or supplements.
- Blood Tests
Higher than normal liver enzymes may be found on a routine blood test. This does not confirm a diagnosis of acidic fatty liver. Further analysis will look for the cause of inflammation.
- Medical Diagnostic Ultrasound and Thermography
Ultrasound of the abdomen (anatomical test) usually shows the liver is “echogenic,” that is more dense than usual toward sound waves. The liver can also be enlarged due to fat.
Thermography is the test of physiology and is the only test to visualize the inflammation in the liver.
- Other imaging studies may be done as well such as a CT (computed tomography) scan or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging).
To reduce the risk of acidic fatty liver, make healthy alkaline lifestyle choices, such as:
• Avoid alcohol consumption
• Avoid smoking
• Discontinue drugs or toxins
• Avoid highly acidic fast and junk food
• Choose a healthy alkaline diet of green fruit and vegetables
• Use antioxidants to buffer or solidify excess dietary and/or metabolic acids to protect further damage to the liver
• Maintain a healthy weight with an alkaline lifestyle and diet as outlined in the pH Miracle revised and updated book by Dr. Robert O. Young
• Increase hydration with alkaline ionized water and raw green juices, soups and shakes
• Exercise every day for at least 60 minutes
• Add a lymphatic massage and infrared sauna to your routine to remove retained acids through the pores of the skin
To learn more read The pH Miracle revised and updated book by Dr. Robert O. Young - www.phmiracle.com