Feb 122014

What is Fatty Liver Disease and how can you reduce the fat in your liver.

What is a fatty liver?

A fatty liver is the result of the accumulation of excess fat in liver cells. Fatty tissue slowly builds up in the liver when a person’s diet exceeds the amount of fat his or her body can handle. A person has a fatty liver when fat makes up at least 5-10% of the liver. Simple fatty liver can be a completely benign condition and usually does not lead to liver damage. However, once there is a buildup of simple fat, the liver becomes vulnerable to further injury, which may result in inflammation and scarring of the liver.1

What causes fatty liver disease?

The most common cause of fatty liver disease in Canada is obesity. Whereas several decades ago obesity was not very common, according to current statistics more than 50% of Canadians are overweight. It is estimated that 75% of obese individuals are at risk of developing a simple fatty liver. Up to 23% of obese individuals are at risk of developing fatty liver with inflammation.2

Years ago I met Deanna at The Longevity Conference in California and have followed her work since then.  I love implementing her exercises to increase the health of my clients.  Check out her blog below on Fatty Liver Disease and how she melts away the fat.  These exercises are incorporated into classes (Core Conditioning, Pilates and Restorative Pilates) at Move Your Body Studio.

Fatty Liver Disease and Block Therapy


Fatty Liver Disease and Block Therapy

I recently attended a seminar hosted by The Canadian Liver Foundation where I listened to Hepatologist, Dr. Stephen Wong talk about NAFLD non-alcoholic fatty liver disease– and how it is one of the fastest growing concerns among North Americans. It has increased dramatically over the last 30 years. Some reasons for this are that we often eat for convenience rather than health, our portions size has dramatically increased and we have become more sedentary.

NAFLD Fatty Liver Disease

A fatty liver (Fatty Liver Disease) is just that, fat in the liver, which slows down the liver’s ability to do its’ many jobs to keep us healthy. Over time, scar tissue develops which can lead to cirrhosis, where your liver simply can’t function.

I learned from the lecture that there are many drugs out there, but none worth taking as the side effects can actually damage the liver, as well as cause a host of other health related problems. So the message was to change diet and to exercise more with the goal of reducing the fat in the liver.

Block therapy is not only a therapy, it is also an exercise and meditation all in one. So I am going to tell you why this work is so beneficial for your liver.

First of all, when fat is heated it becomes a liquid. Imagine butter at room temperature and butter that melted in the frying pan. It is the application of heat that changes butter from a solid to a liquid. So, we need to heat up the liver to create a melting effect to allow the fats to dissolve.

We do this in 2 ways with block therapy.

When we lay over the block throughout the core as instructed in my video……,
our body weight combined with the force of gravity on the block increases the pressure in the tissue. Pressure over time creates heat. This is one way. Also, we are instructed tobreathe diaphragmatically. The diaphragm is a plate of muscle that moves up and down in the body, acting as an internal engine. It also lives directly above the liver so when we use this muscle to breathe, the liver is receiving a continual massage. This is the second way.

fatty liver disease

Liver disease is something we should be aware of, so we can take steps to manage it if we have it, and prevent it in the first place. Block Therapy provides not only a solution to Fatty Liver Disease if you have it but also helps to prevent it.

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1 & 2 http://www.liver.ca/liver-disease/types/fatty-liver.aspx