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Apr 10 2010

Liver Disease Treatment – 7 Ways to Heal Your Liver Naturally

Published by at 1:31 am under Complications of mono

Did you know that your liver has an amazing capacity to regenerate and renew itself? Even after serious diseases like liver cirrhosis, fatty liver, hepatitis or an inflamed liver from Epstein Barr virus, the liver can recuperate with natural liver disease treatment.

The benefits of a natural approach to liver disease treatment is that it offers fast relief from debilitating liver symptoms like nausea, abdominal pain, fatigue, itching, headaches and dizziness, without the dangerous side effects of conventional drugs.

Lets have a look at the 7 steps to effective natural liver disease treatment. These techniques are explained fully in the e-books “The Liver Cirrhosis Bible” and “The Fatty Liver Solution“. 
Step 1 – The Liver Diet
A fresh, healthy diet based around vegetables, fruits, raw nuts and seeds, quality proteins and whole grains will go a long way to repairing a damaged liver. Liver-toxic foods like alcohol, coffee, processed foods and excess fats need to be avoided.

Step 2 – Ample fluids
Drinking at least 2-3 litres a day of pure water, herb teas, freshly squeezed vegetable juices or lemon water is essential to cleanse the liver and flush out toxins and acids from the body.

Step 3 – Healing Liver Herbs
Herbs have traditionally been used for  liver disease treatment for hundreds of years. Powerful herbs that can cleanse, repair and protect the liver include milk thistle, dandelion and gotu kola.

Step 4 – Supplements
Specific nutrients play a central role in effective liver disease treatment. These nutrients can heal scarred tissue and protect liver cells from further damage. They include vitamin C, E, zinc, the B complex and lipotropic agents like methionine, choline and inositol.

Step 5 – Graded Exercise
Exercise stimulates circulation and the flow of healing nutrients to the liver. Aim for 30-60 minutes, three to five times a week. If you are not used to exercise, then start slowly – even 10 minutes a couple of times a day can help.

Step 6 – Lose excess weight
Being overweight or obese puts a major stress on the liver, and can in fact trigger liver problems. Losing weight can take the pressure off the liver and get you feeling better faster.

Step 7 – Get enough sleep
Adequate sleep should be a part of your treatment plan. It is during deep sleep that your body makes growth hormone – your body’s repair hormone. Aim for 7-8 hours of deep unbroken sleep a night.

Scientific studies are now pointing towards natural liver disease treatment as a permanent solution for a damaged liver. If you or a loved one are struggling with liver problems then please refer to  the e-books“The Liver Cirrhosis Bible” and the “Fatty Liver Solution”. These are the books I refer my patients to when they have any sort of liver involvement. They are an excellent source of information on the specific foods, nutrients, herbs and remedies that are crucial for liver disease treatment.

46 responses so far

46 Responses to “Liver Disease Treatment – 7 Ways to Heal Your Liver Naturally”

  1. Leslie says:

    Dear Madam,

    May I eat oat meal (porridge) during the first stage of diet?

    Sincerly
    Leslie

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Leslie,

    Thanks for your post.

    Oat meal is a good, high fibre, low fat meal that is OK to eat on most liver diets. If your liver is swollen or inflammed then I would only eat it in moderation as too much carbohydrate can trigger further inflammation. A lot of my patients have a small amount of oatmeal with some fresh fruit and a serving of protein like whey protein powder or yoghurt.

    Hope this helps.

    Elizabeth

  3. ROLAND says:

    WHEN I DRINK ALOT OF WATER THROUGHOUT THE DAY I GET BROKEN SLEEP. GETTING UP AT NIGHT TO URINATE AND SOME TIMES I FEEL GREAT URGE TO PEE AND CANT HOLD IT WHEN AM ABIT FAR FROM THE BATH. SO WHAT SHD I DO .

  4. Mira says:

    Dear Madam

    can i take milk thistle while I’m on my medication?

    Sincerely
    Mira

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Mira,

    Milk Thistle is safe with many medications however it is worth showing your chemist or pharmacist everything you are taking so they can check.
    Elizabeth

  6. Ruman says:

    Hi,

    I have an uncle who has acute liver failure. He is 60+, he is turning yellow and he is refusing a transplant, doctors are saying there is nothing that can be done.

    Is that true?

    Sincerely

    Ruman.

  7. Shirley says:

    Hi,

    My friend had an abnormal liver functiont test 6 weeks ago. Has since had a repeat which is acceptable. Would it be ok to continue taking milk thistle?

    Thanks

    Shirley

  8. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Shirley,

    Yes it would be a good idea for your friend to keep on the milk thistle for a few more weeks. It is a good liver protector and will help the liver recover fully from viral damage. It should be used in conjunction with a fresh food diet and plenty of pure water.

    Best Wishes
    Elizabeth

  9. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Ruman,
    Acute liver failure is a very serious condition that is usually beyond the help of natural therapies. There is no harm in adding liver nutrients and herbs however I would go by the doctor’s recommendations.
    Elizabeth

  10. Kristine says:

    Does this help with fatty liver?and also can they only do a few of these steps or do they have to do it all in order to help?

  11. Carlin says:

    Hello, Thank you for posting this article. I just got bloodwork back that was very concerning regarding my liver– AST: 1157 ALT 357 . I had an acute Hep episode 6 years ago in India but no dr’s (in India or in CA) could figure out what caused it. I have a very full Life but I am concerned about getting those numbers down. How much rest do you suggest/recommend? And am I correct to avoid detoxing my liver while it is so inflamed? Thank you.
    Carlin

  12. Ivan says:

    Hi,

    I tend to drink a lot during the weekends sometimes even binge drinking, about 2 to 3 days a week. i know this is slowly deteriorating my kidney and liver cells. If I follow this diet can this really help me maintain a healthy liver? do you have any other suggestions? I am cutting back on the drinking but I still manage to drink at least once a week.

  13. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Kristine,
    Yes these steps will also help with fatty liver. You have not got to do the steps in any particular order but the more you can do the faster your recovery will be.
    Elizabeth

  14. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Carlin,
    Thanks for your post. Sorry your liver numbers are so elevated. Lots of rest and quality sleep helps your body produce growth hormone – your body’s repair hormone. Aim for at least 8 hours sleep at night and a good rest during the day. I would not be doing a detox whilst your liver is inflammed. Aim to get the inflammation down with some anti-inflammatory foods like ginger, turmeric, raw pineapple, paw paw, zinc and vitamin C. Working with a good naturopath or wholistic doctor is important to monitor your condition.
    Elizabeth

  15. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Ivan,
    Thanks for your post. Binge drinking on one or two nights a week is worse than having a little bit of alcohol each night. The liver diet and hebs can help protect your liver but you need to go easy on the binge drinking.
    Elizabeth

  16. VICKI says:

    hello my sister was diagnosed 6 weeks ago with liver hepatitis (i think thats what they are calling it. her arms and legs are very small but her body is huge , she has yellow eyes and skin. shes retaining water. shes been in and out of the hospital ever sence. my sister was a severe alchoholic she hasn’t drank sence all this started. is the liver diet going to help her? i feel so helpless. please advise me of what i can do to help her. doctor said she will need a transplant in 2 to 5 years. please respond… Thank you Vicki

  17. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Vicki,

    Thanks for your post. I’m sorry to hear your sister has been so ill. It can be a very worrying time. She is exhibiting the classic symptoms of advanced liver disease which may have been caused by the alcoholism.

    I would recommend she start on some natural therapies like fresh juices, liver cleansing herbs, a pure diet and nutrients to help heal her damaged body. With her condition she will probably need to find a holistic doctor or naturopath who can monitor her progress. Depending on how damaged her liver is, she may not be able to avoid a transplant but at least she is giving her body the best possible chance.

    Elizabeth

  18. Jo-Anna says:

    My doctor said after an ultra sound (I thought it was my gaul bladder giving me pain) I had problems with my liver (can’t remember his exact wording) but he did say it could quite easily be reversed. He asked me what meds I have been on which are:
    Prilosec (now just use TUMS)
    Fluoxetine
    Gabapentin (for shaking leg syndrome at night time)

    I have stopped taking all but for the Gabapentin at night and have started taking Fish Oil (trying to loose weight and eat healthier) Dandelion Root and Milk Thistle. Other than cutting out ‘bad” foods and eating better what else can I do to help my liver? I have just turned 50 and want to be healthy as I get older. The pain I was experinacing has just about all but stopped since doing all this, any other suggetions would be much appreciated.

    Thank you so much

    Jo-Anna

  19. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Jo-Anna,

    Thanks for your post. It sounds like you have taken some good steps in improving your liver health.

    I would focus on treating your liver with a pure, fresh food diet which is low in fat, high in vegetables and fruit and adequate in protein. Liver herbs like milk thistle, artichoke, red root and dandelion can help cleanse the liver and prevent further damage to liver cells. I would also look at adding some anti-inflammatory and immune boosting supplements like vitamin C, zinc, B complex and fish oils into your regime. If the liver pain returns a hot pack or hot Epsom salt bath can relieve symptoms.
    Best Wishes
    Elizabeth

  20. Jo-Anna says:

    Thank you so much Elizabeth for your quick reply. I will defiantly add the other vitamins to my list. Do you think it’s safe to carry on taking the Gabapentin (for shaking leg syndrome at night time) or not? I know the doctor had said the Prilosec was a strong med so I stopped taking it and now carry tums every where :) But if it makes for a healthier liver then so be it and I will stop that also.

    Thank you again for your time, help, wonderful advise and expertize.

    Jo-Anna

  21. kngw says:

    I have been a party girl since my divorce (2+ years). I am trying to get back on track, including body cleansing. I can’t do a full cleansing now as I may be pregnant. Are these suggestions safe during pregnancy?

  22. Mugisha Robert says:

    Hi,ve just had a liver function test and discovered mu GGT level is 200!!!!!!! How can i reverse it to normal level?

  23. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Robert,
    High GGT levels are associated with liver diseases such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, liver tumors, and jaundice, myocardial infarction, pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis and viral infections such as Epstein-Barr, cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Reye’s Syndrome. Alcohol is also a major trigger so it is the first thing you should cut out. I would also focus on a fresh food diet based around good quality protein and lots of low carb vegetables and fruits is essential. Focus on reducing your stress levels and exercising regularly. A liver cleanse from a naturopath or herbalist would be a good move.
    Hope these ideas get you started.
    Elizabeth

  24. Elizabeth says:

    Hi there,
    Thanks for your post. It is not advisable to do any liver cleansing during pregnancy or when you are breast feeding as the toxins can be passed onto the baby. It is advisable to follow a healthy diet, exercise regularly, get adequate rest and take a basic mulitvitamin with nutrients like zinc, C, B complex, magnesium and fish oils.
    Best Wishes
    Elizabeth

  25. Josh says:

    Thanks for the advice, I was however wondering about something. I was diagnosed with Fatty Liver Disease (non-alcoholic) and I’m pretty overweight obviously. So I had my gallbladder taken out a year or two back.

    I hadn’t discovered the problem until the last moment, despite several cat scans in a single year and many visits in ambulances to the hospital to figure out the problem. The attacks would last 24-48 hours usually and the Emergency rooms were always busy so I suppose that might have had a lot to do with it.

    Point and question is, if my liver was as the Surgeon said and I quote “disintegrated”, “would have most definitely killed me if the toxins were released/the gallbladder punctured”. Would have taking milk thistle at the time killed me? I ask since the gallbladder (which I actually did get removed) and liver are close together.

    Also another question is, would aerobics or surge training be advisable compared to just walking? Would intense exercise help or hinder the liver’s recovery? Thank you in advance for taking the time to read my post and answer!

  26. Jake says:

    I took accutane for 3 trials and had some liver damage and was wondering if you know if these steps will help my liver heal? Of coarse they won’t hurt to do them, but I was wondering if you knew whether or not the kind of damage you receive from accutane is healable or not? This may be a better question for my doctor but please let me know

  27. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Josh,
    Supplements like milk thistle will protect the liver from further damage. Gentle liver cleansing supplements like dandelion, methionine, inositol and lecithin can cause a release of toxins but not enough to cause major problems. I think your focus should be on losing your excess weight, avoiding alcohol and eating a fresh food diet. Exercise is great but I would start with walking before you attempt aerobics or surge training. Slow and steady is the way to go.
    Best Wishes
    Elizabeth

  28. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Jake,
    The liver has an amazing capacity to regenerate so I would have thought any natural liver treatments would be beneficial. I would get a holistic doctor or naturopath on your side who can advise.
    Elizabeth

  29. Matt says:

    Hi Elizabeth,

    Over the past two months I have been drinking heavily (around 10 beers a day). I have never had a history of alcohol problems and prior to this have rarely touched alcohol but an event that happened two months ago instigated this destructive pattern of behaviour. I have now stopped drinking completely and am over 5 days sober with no craving for, or intention of going back to alcohol. My question is, would such a large quantitiy of alcohol have been enough to cause any damage to the liver, as I only drank like this fro such a short period of time?

  30. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Matt,

    The liver has an amazing ability to regenerate so even if you have destroyed some liver cells or caused a fatty liver to develop then by abstaining from alcohol now you have a great chance of your liver returning to normal. If you have symptoms like nausea, abdominal pains or ongoing fatigue then you can get some liver function tests from your doctor. Eating well, drinking lots of pure water and taking some liver supporting supplements like milk thistle, dandelion and antioxidants can help.
    Best Wishes
    Elizabeth

  31. Tati says:

    Hello Elizabeth,

    During the past year I have drunk much more than I used (specially wine) to and I have decided to clean my body, eat better, exercise more, drink a lot of water or herbal teas, etc.

    My problem is that I keep hearing that women’s livers do not recover from the damage already caused.

    I read all the information you wrote and it does not say anything on that matter, so I suppose it is not that way.

    Anyway, I wanted to ask you directly about that…is it somehow true?

    Thanks a lot!!

    Best.

  32. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Tati,

    As far as I know there is no reason why a women’s liver would have problems re-generating. I would keep up the good work with the good diet, pure water, exercise and herb teas. Adding some liver cleansing herbs may also be of benefit.
    Best Wishes
    Elizabeth

  33. Leo says:

    Dear Elizabeth :

    I just had a Blood test and my ALT was 1,100 and my AST 383 , Im and airline Pilot and I cross the Pacific Ocean this month 8 times! of course I feel tired ,but I work out often and overall my health is in good condition , how ever my Liver is a concern . I have to addmit that I’ve been abuse beer quite a lot as well as Red wine ( I dont drink hard alcohol ) .
    Another thing was that the day before my blood test I had a headache and I drank 2 beers ,then after I took a pill of Paracetamol ( which until now I know this medication potencially can dammage the Liver) consecuently I had a regularyly check up (very 6 months )
    unfortunately I’m grounded ,The aviation Medicine Dr. said I have Acute Hepatitis either Toxic or Alcoholic ( which HE badly pointed out ) for this I went to see a Liver specialist i gave me no clue what to do or where to go He just told me “You have Hepatitis Get some rest ,otherwise your Live can Explote and You can die”

    What Should I do ,,please I need Help ..

    Kind Regards

  34. John says:

    Hello Elizabeth,
    I recently had a huge UTI for which I was hospitalized due to fever. With that, there was kidney inflammation and the liver became inflamed. The enzymes were elevated slightly. The doctors believed the inflammation from the kidney carried over to the liver. Three months later, I still have some soreness but I eat well and have taken a month off from work, on my own accord, to rest up. I probably could eat better, should I basically have a low carb, low fat diet with moderate protein. Do the enzymes return to normal levels after a while. I don’t drink alcohol and stopped drinking coffee to alleviate both liver and kidneys. I’m not sure if the liver inflammation was there prior to the kidney infection but I believe so. I’ve had this type of pain in and out prior. Over twenty years ago, I had a ruptured diaphragm with the liver pushed halfway up. This has been corrected.
    Please let me know if there is anything I could do right now or continually to lessen the inflammation and to stop a possible reoccurence. Thank you for your time, regards, John

  35. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Leo,
    Sorry to hear you have been diagnosed with acute hepatitis. It can be a very worrying time.

    I would recommend you start a liver detox. The liver cleansing nutrients like methionine, inositol,
    lecithin, choline or herbs like dandelion and burdock are good options. If this is not possible then start
    off on half lemon in warm water on rising for a couple of weeks, plus a pure diet and plenty of water.

    The help of a holistic doctor or naturopath is recommended to monitor your results.
    Best Wishes
    Elizabeth

  36. Elizabeth says:

    Hi John,

    Thanks for your post. Sorry your recent UTI has caused problems with kidney and liver inflammation. Fortunately there is a lot you can do with natural therapies to
    help your recovery.

    Your priority is to reduce any inflammation with high dose vitamin C, zinc, fish oils and foods like turmeric and ginger. A low carb, high protein diet with lots of fresh fruit, vegetables and
    pure water is important. If your symptoms persist you may need to do some liver cleansing in order to clear the symptoms. The help of a holistic doctor or naturopath is recommended.

    Best Wishes
    Elizabeth

  37. Tammy says:

    Hi,

    I have read many of the posts on here, and most say to use milk thistle. I have Fatty liver, and the hepatologist says that fibrosiss has started and they are not sure if cirohsiss has started or how far along it is. So I thought well I have started to eat better and why not try a supplement also. I went down to my health store and when I was reading every bottle it says not to use if you have liver disease or cirohsiss (milk thistle, dandelion, liver health). Is is safe to take?

    Thanks
    Tammy

  38. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Tammy,

    Milk thistle is often suggested as a treatment for cirrhosis. Most studies show milk thistle improves liver function and increases survival in people with cirrhosis or chronic hepatitis. However others claim that if the liver is already severely damaged then milk thistle is not enough to repair the liver. It can also react adversely with certain medical drugs. It is best to take milk thistle under the guidance of a holistic doctor or naturopath who can monitor your progress.
    Elizabeth

  39. Kate says:

    Elizabeth,
    My husband has hepatitus C for about the past 14 years. He has been dealing with recent health issues including Diabetes, Extreme Fatigue, low platelet count, no appetite, very dry skin, among other things. His doctor told him that what he is experiencing now are the side effects from cirrhosis and that he will never feel good again. This is his new normal. He has lost about 20 lbs. in the past 3 weeks. I am trying to convince him to take supplements and eat very healthy. He thinks that nothing he does will help. Have you ever seen cases like this reverse itself?

  40. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Kate,

    Thanks for your post. Sorry to hear your husband has been diagnosed with cirrhosis – it can be a very worrying time. Natural therapies can do a lot to help relieve his fatigue, dry skin and blood sugar levels. Although natural supplements and diet can support his liver function there is no guarantee it can reverse his cirrhosis. I would recommend your husband find a good holistic doctor or naturopath who can lead him through his options.
    Best Wishes
    Elizabeth

  41. Japie 38 year old male says:

    Had a sonar Diagnosed: bright and coarsed liver. I also have cronic gastritis. I drink proteinshakes. Wil that harm my liver

  42. admin says:

    Hi Japie,

    Good quality protein is essential for liver repair so protein shakes should be OK. Also make sure you eat lots of alkaline vegetables and fruits and plenty of pure water.

    Elizabeth

  43. danny says:

    hi,
    i have been told that my liver ensimes pardon the spelling,are high and i have hep b. its been 3-4 months last week i went to the doctor and they put me on a med that dont sound good to take because of the side effects. they haven been very helpful at all with any advice.i have a foot detox machine wondering if this will help. not sure what else to do . all they say is dont drink . thanks

  44. admin says:

    Hi Danny,

    Any form of detox would be a good start. I would look at getting a good liver tonic from your pharmacy or health food shop plus doing a fresh food diet based on lots of vegetables, fruits and good quality protein. Taking a liver protective herb like milk thistle would also help. Seeing a good naturopath or wholistic doctor would be advisable.

    Elizabeth

  45. Christina says:

    Hi, thank you for all this great information. I just recently went through a detox after about 2 years of very hard drinking. I tried to quit before but had very severe detox symptoms, DTs, hallucinations, etc. This time I was prescribed librium to ease the withdrawal symptoms, which I am off now. I went to a doctor today and she said my liver enzymes were very high and my red blood cells are enlarged. My eyes are yellow and she thinks I have acute hepatitis. I’m only 26 and I’m really scared that I’ve ruined my life. I’m trying really hard to stay on track. I have to get back to work asap but I feel so tired all the time. I feel really lost and alone. If I keep up with a good diet will my liver heal? Also, I don’t have a gall bladder so could this be affecting my liver function?

  46. admin says:

    Hi Christina,
    Thanks for your post. Sorry you have been struggling with your liver health. Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver and is reversible with the right diet and lifestyle choices. Your lack of a gallbladder may affect your fat digestion and absorption but should not affect liver function as such. The liver will still produce bile but it just won’t be stored in the gallbladder.

    Fatigue is common with hepatitis. I would look at adding some B vitamins, vitamin C and magnesium to your regime.

    Hope this helps.
    Elizabeth

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