One Harmful Ingredient Can Damage Your Liver and Health

One Harmful Ingredient Can Damage Your Liver and Health

Protecting our liver is substantially vital — here’s why

When I had several food intolerances and allergies, not one doctor mentioned anything about having healthy gut bacteria — which might help this problem. One doctor would say to eat more fibre; the other would say it was all in my head. None of them had a deeper understanding of our gut’s profound effect on many parts of our life. Stress, food and emotions trigger our gut, and it’s a critical fat-burning powerhouse. Without a healthy gut — you have very little shot at a disease-free and long healthy life. One ingredient I’d like to talk about is fructose. It’s one of those secret ingredients in our food choices — and it’s causing us harm. Excessive consumption of fructose may be toxic to your liver. This is because when a significant surge of fructose reaches the liver, it uses the excess to make fat in lipogenesis. Over time, people who consume excess fructose develop non-fatty alcoholic liver disease. This condition occurs when too much fat is stored in our liver cells. According to Harvard Health, fructose that encourages fat storage in your liver ranges from soft drinks, pastries, desserts, breakfast cereals and any processed garbage you find on supermarket shelves. Looking at the ingredient label, you will find fructose corn syrup, fructose and possibly glucose. Most fruit has a minimal amount of fructose whilst containing fibre, other vital minerals & not to mention vitamins. So don’t eliminate this type of fructose from your diet. You might be thinking, how does the gut protect us from liver damage caused by excess fructose? According to this study, scientists didn’t know what role the gut played in this equation until now. During this study, a key enzyme was studied (ketohexokinase), which controls how fast fructose is consumed. Mice used in this experiment who were genetically engineered with lowered levels of this enzyme (ketohexokinase) in the gut led to fatty liver. Conversely, increasing the levels of ketohexokinase in the gut seemed to offer fatty liver protection. The breakdown of fructose in the gut mitigates the development of extra fat in the liver cells of mice. The faster our intestine can clear the fructose, the more likely fructose can be safely digested. When it comes to fructose consumption, it’s more likely to develop into fatty liver when you consume it through a drink rather than food! The same goes for the consumption rate of fructose. If you drink it in one sitting, fatty liver is more likely than consuming it over 45 minutes. These are two very crucial factors that you should consider. 

Key takeaways

Fructose is more likely to turn into lipogenesis when the intake exceeds the rate at which the guts can process fructose to protect the liver. So, if you want to take that risk — slow down your consumption, or spread it during 45-minute intervals. If you need to consume fructose, eat it rather than drink it, so you are less likely to experience over-accumulation of fat on your liver. It’s shocking how much fructose consumption has increased in the last century. People are still consuming toxic soft drinks that further increase the chance of liver damage and developing diabetes or obesity. The best way to reset your liver is to eliminate all fructose — particularly fructose corn syrup and eat natural foods instead. Eat more fruits, vegetables and wholesome natural ingredients. You can reverse your health almost instantly if you adopt a healthy way of eating and include regular exercise. It’s simply a no-brainer to take charge of your life — and health, for that matter. 

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