If you don’t have other medical problems, your doctor may suggest lifestyle changes to improve your liver function. Severe liver damage is not reversible. You can make a difference if you identify excess fat deposits early.
Lose weight. If you have extra weight all over, you’re more likely to have fat on your liver. Weight loss reduces your fat everywhere – including your liver. It’s important to pursue healthy weight loss. Don’t crash diet to improve your liver health.
Eat healthy. A great place to start is to cut back on how much you eat. Focus on prioritizing healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, lean meat, and whole grains. Eating too much fatty food can still impact your liver even if you’re eating less than before. You should also drink plenty of water each day to help your body stay hydrated.
Lower bad cholesterol levels. There are good fats and bad fats. If your diet is high in saturated and trans fat, you may have more fat in your blood. This fat can deposit into your liver when your liver filters blood after digestions.
Trade out bad fats for monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Sources of healthy fats include:
- Olive and other vegetable oils
- Nuts and seeds
Stop drinking alcohol. Your liver is designed to process toxins. But alcohol damages your liver’s enzymes. Over time, drinking too much alcohol can lead to permanent damage and cirrhosis. Your liver begins to heal within a few days or weeks of stopping drinking. For severe damage, healing may take several months.
Exercise regularly. Exercise burns calories. When you eat a healthy diet to lose weight, your body begins to burn the excess stored fat you have. Aim to be active for 30 minutes or more each day. If 30 minutes is too much at once, break your activity down into three 10-minute activity sessions. Build up your endurance over time.
Manage diabetes. Some health conditions like diabetes may contribute to liver damage. By controlling your other health conditions, you can improve your liver health. Talk to your doctor and follow any diet, exercise, and weight loss recommendations. Take medications as prescribed and ask your doctor before you stop taking anything.