One of the reasons people may feel sleepy and have a lack of energy in the middle of the day can be a less commonly discussed condition known as Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver (NAFL) which can, at times, lead to Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) or Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH).
NAFL is characterized by the accumulation of fat within the liver cells. This is very common amongst people in Western industrialized nations like the U.S. NAFL is now the most common liver disorder found in the West. The condition can often coincide with obesity, weight gain, fatigue, diabetes, high cholesterol, and metabolic syndrome X.
When most people think of liver disease, the main culprits are a history of excessive alcohol intake causing Cirrhosis or Hepatitis C virus infections. Consuming trans fats, processed meats, refined sugars, “bad” cholesterols, and artificially sweetened drinks can also lead to poor liver function.
Most people don’t even realize that they have NAFL because the signs and symptoms can be rather vague. Most physicians will not treat the problem since they consider it a benign condition that does not require a prescription – unless it progresses to the point of NASH.
The liver, being one of the most important major organs in the body, cleanses the blood and rids the body from toxins such as alcohol, drugs, and allergens. It is very important to avoid accumulating useless bad fats (i.e. saturated fats and trans fats) to maintain proper liver function.
A Naturopathic doctor can help diagnose NAFL and determine the best options for treatment, prevention and possibly reversal of the condition. To diagnose NAFLD, a simple blood test of liver enzymes and/or ultrasound imaging of the abdomen are done. To combat it, changes can be made to diet, lifestyle, exercise regimen and nutritional supplements.
If you would like to make an appointment to speak with one of our doctors about these conditions or ways to prevent them, give our office a call at 916.351.9355 or email us at info@RevolutionsDocs.com.