Just 30 days of eating fast food combined with minimal exercise (walking less than 5000 steps in a day, the average person takes between 5000-7000 steps per day) is all it takes to impair liver function. The Liver is the “Master Chemist” of your body. Scientists reported this disturbing information in a study published in Gut, a peer review journal for health professionals and researchers in gastroenterology and hepatology. This information comes at a time when we are all a little strapped for money and fast food is convenient and inexpensive. To those of us in the healthcare and especially nutrition industry, this information comes as no surprise. I personally have seen a few cases of NASH (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis); in the past, this liver condition was only seen in alcoholics.
In the study, the researchers took 18 healthy people (12 men, 6 women; known as the intervention group) and a matched control group (individuals who did not eat fast food and who walked more than 5000 steps per day). The subjects in the intervention group ate at least two meals at popular fast food restaurants each day and restricted their physical activity to not more than 5000 steps per day. Their mission was to increase their body weight by 5 – 15% by doubling their normal daily caloric intake and adopting a sedentary lifestyle for four weeks.
In order to monitor liver function, blood samples were taken at the beginning of the study and at regular intervals thereafter. One way to identify liver damage is to measure alanine aminotransferase (ALT), an enzyme in the liver. After only a single week on the fast food diet, ALT levels in the intervention group began to climb. ALT is not the only blood chemistry marker for liver function but it is the most specific in a baseline blood chemistry panel.
By the end of the four weeks, seventeen of the eighteen subjects had met their goal of increasing their body weight by 5 – 15%, with 5 of the eighteen subjects reaching the 15% mark. Thirteen of the study participants developed pathological ALT, which was evident in most subjects after the first week. Those in the control group did not experience any such increases.
It doesn’t take a genius to see that a sedentary lifestyle of fast food gluttony will rapidly lead to ill health. According to a Saint Louis University press release, it may be possible to reverse liver damage caused by such a lifestyle. The way to undo the damage to the liver and other vital organs is to adopt a healthy lifestyle and stop eating fast foods.
Brent Tetri, M.D., a professor of internal medicine at the Saint Louis University Liver Center and expert on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, conducted a similar experiment using mice. “There’s strong evidence now that a fast-food type of diet — high in fat and sugar, the kind of diet many Americans subsist on — can cause significant damage to your liver and have extremely serious consequences for your health,” he explains. “The good news,” he continues, “is that most people can undo this damage if they change their diet and they keep physically active. If they don’t, however, they are asking for trouble.”
In the study conducted by Dr. Tetri, mice were given a diet that was 40% fat and loaded with high-fructose corn syrup, a sweetener commonly found in sodas, juices, and bottled sauces and dressings. The mice were also kept sedentary, emulating the lifestyle of many Americans. After four weeks, the mice displayed an increase in liver enzymes and the onset of glucose intolerance, known to be a marker for type II diabetes.
Dr. Tetri points out that while not all fast food necessarily causes liver damage, the problem is a diet containing too many calories with too much fat and sugar (typical in fast food meals consisting of burgers, fries and sodas). Tetri adds, “The fact we’re starting to see kids with liver disease should really be a wake-up call for anyone eating a diet high in fat and sugar and who’s not physically active.” He offers some encouragement to fast food junkies: “Even for those people with the worst kind of diets, it’s not too late to start exercising and eating right.”
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Well, This remedy has no side effects. I know what you’re going to say, “….Yeah, the pain ‘goes away’ because you get drunk…”
This is not the case, read on. Joe Graedon, pharmacologist and adjunct faculty member at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, tested this amazing home remedy and the results are astonishing!
The remedy, eat nine (no more, no less) gin-soaked raisins per day and joint pain goes away. The researchers found that there was less than one drop of alcohol was left in nine raisins!
Alcohol may be contraindicated with your current medical treatment(s), so check with you doctor before you try this effective and yummy remedy. Also, if you have or have had a problem with alcohol consumption….don’t try this remedy.
Want the recipe? Here it is:
1lb Golden Raisins
About 1 pint of Gin
A Glass Bowl Use pyrex…not crystal)
A Glass Jar with a lid
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Spread the raisins out evenly in the glass bowl and pour enough gin in the bowl to completely cover the raisins. Let them stay that was until the raisins have completely soaked the gin up (about 5-7 days). To make sure all the raisins get soaked with gin, stir them occassionally.
When they soaked up all the gin, transfer them to the glass jar for storage. DO NOT REFRIGERATE.
Eat 9 raisins per day. Email me if you have any questions.
This remedy/recipe was adapted from the book: “Bottom Line’s: Healing Remedies” by the Wilen Sister’s (click here for a link)Yours in Health, Dr. Tim Irving Optimum Function Portland, Oregon www.OptFunction.com www.FunctionalDetox.com www.YourOptimumNutrition.com
Not only will I be finishing my master’s in Clinical Nutrition; 2008 will also be the year of Functional Detoxification AND Functional Movement Pattern screening and treatment.
Lastly, a lot of you have contacted me asking about ways to buy certain nutritional supplements and even some of our programs through the website. Well, there will be a link on the main Optimum function website for my new online store.
I am working hard to make your functional medicine and chiropractic treatments state-of-the-art. I believe that the future of health care lies in the hands of those who learn to use technology to their patient’s advantage.
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