How I overcame my fatty liver disease in three steps
Case study: Jennifer Williams
Of all the memories I have about non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) two stand out most clearly:
- The day I discovered I had it
- The day my doctor confirmed it was completely gone
I have to admit, the journey between having NAFLD and no longer having NAFLD wasn’t an overnight one.
And, a couple of times, I was worried sick about what the condition might turn in to.
Because as I quickly learned, it doesn’t just remain as it is.
If you don’t address it quickly it will lead to far worse – and potentially deadly – conditions.
But there is a way to reliably and permanently deal with NAFLD.
In a second, I’ll explain exactly how I did it.
Because, now my liver is fat-free – and it’s going to stay that way.
Although when I first went to my doctor I didn’t realize this at all.
I’d gone to her complaining of feeling tired and fatigued.
I thought I was maybe low on iron or something like that.
The truth turned out to be considerably more concerning.
My doctor sent me for tests and the ultrasound confirmed I had non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
And everything that was likely to go with it.
I’d gone to the doctor feeling tired.
I came out with a serious disease.
However, the bad news kept coming…
Just how bad is NAFLD?
It’s this bad….
Your liver is one of the body’s unsung heroes.
Its work is essential to our existence.
It transforms food into usable nutrients,
stores these nutrients,
and provides them to cells as and when they’re needed.
It also neutralizes toxins either by converting them into harmless substances or by making sure they are eliminated directly from the body.
– ‘toxins’ is a medical term for ‘poisons’ –
24 hours a day your liver takes in unclean blood, filters it, refreshes it and then releases clean blood back into your body.
We never think about our liver.
Thankfully, our liver is always thinking about us.
But if the liver can’t clean your blood properly… then what?
When your liver is overworked, the toxins start building up.
So to avoid the toxins from going into your bloodstream – and kill you on the spot – your liver stores those buildup toxins inside of itself.
And how does the liver hold on to these toxins?
It packages them in fat.
So fatty-liver isn’t really about fat.
It’s about toxins.
The fat is just a way to store it.
So fatty-liver should actually be called “toxic liver.”
And that’s exactly what is happening to you if you suffer from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
You’re, however, far from alone.
About a third of westerners have fatty livers – most of whom don’t actually know it.
The really unlucky ones never find out about their condition until it’s too late.
So consider yourself lucky to be diagnosed.
Because then at least you can do something about it.
Although let’s make one thing clear:
Fatty liver doesn’t just get better on its own.
Much more worryingly, if we don’t address it there’s every chance that it just carries on getting worse.
And when I say it gets worse I mean it gets really, seriously worse.
You know what I’m referring to, don’t you?
So how much worse can it get then?
Well, if you haven’t seen this before then perhaps first you ought to be sitting down.
There are four recognized stages that your fatty liver can move through:
- Simple fatty liver: A build-up of excess toxins and fat in the liver that, initially, can be relatively harmless – but only if it stays like this.
But if you don’t address the problem… it has little reason to stay harmless.
- Nonalcoholic steato hepatitis (NASH): A more serious form of fatty liver where there is inflammation in the liver.
This is caused by not properly addressing your fatty liver when it first started being fatty.
- Fibrosis: The persistent inflammation at the NASH stage leads to scarring of the liver tissue.
- Cirrhosis: Ongoing scarring of the liver has caused it to shrink and become lumpy.
The damage is permanent, irreversible and will lead to liver failure and liver cancer.
Please don’t panic though.
There is a silver lining.
But the insight here is clear – and it hit me like a lead weight:
You don’t actually have some static, unchanging condition called fatty liver disease.
What’s really happening is that as a sufferer of fatty liver you’re moving through this disease, slowly transitioning from a bad stage… to a worse one.
In other words, the disease we’ve currently got is only today’s snapshot of a process that’s underway in our bodies.
It’s the disease we could end up with that’s the real cause for alarm.
And this isn’t an exaggeration.
Liver disease is taking an increasingly worsening toll on our society.
According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of deaths caused by fatty liver disease has gone up every year since 2007.
So I suddenly found myself with one of the leading causes of deaths for Americans.
Worst of all, I found out that…
There is no medical treatment for NAFLD!
Now I had to let that sink in for a few moments.
My doctor looked quite grim when she told this.
But there are no drugs for NAFLD.
- No medicine to drink.
- No tablet to take.
- No pill to pop.
I couldn’t accept that.
There’s a pill for everything – if only to relieve some of the symptoms.
Maybe losing some weight could help, my doctor told me.
But the problem is that fatty liver has become so cluttered with pollution that it has lost its ability to burn off its inner-fat.
Even if I lost some body fat, it would have minimal benefits for my liver.
Then I had a brainwave
There was an old health forum on the internet that I used to browse some time back when I had a back problem.
There was occasionally some good advice there.
So I went back to it and searched for NAFLD. There was a small fatty liver discussion group there… not that active but I decided to post a question anyway.
‘What’s the best thing to do to get rid of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease?’
I got a few generic ‘lose weight!’, ‘eat healthy’, ‘cut out sugar’, ‘cut out fat’, ‘eat vegetables’ replies.
But then one day somebody posted a short but simple message that made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.
They had cleared their fatty liver problem completely – as in, no fat left at all – by following lifestyle changes guided by someone called Julissa Clay.
Who in the world was Julissa Clay
I had never heard of her.
Turns out that Julissa is somewhat of a legend in the natural health field.
She’s a nutrition coach who used to run her own successful clinic.
Then she closed doors and turned 100% to research and writing.
She’s the author of several natural health programs and numerous research articles.
Now, the program they were discussing on the health forum was called The Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Solution and they said they no longer have fatty liver because they followed that program.
They didn’t say much more.
A few comments about how you make gentle adjustments to your lifestyle until you were doing everything necessary for that fat to disappear….
I didn’t really need to read anymore.
The program arrived in my email inbox about 6 minutes later.
At that moment, I decided to take responsibility for my fatty liver and follow Julissa’s guidance to the tea.
I caused this disease myself – now I know how to remedy it myself
And that’s really the first lesson to this whole fatty liver thing.
It’s not a virus.
It’s not an injury.
It wasn’t caused by some external event.
It was me who did it.
I didn’t know any better. That is not my fault.
But it was my lifestyle that caused my fatty liver.
And Julissa Clay’s program helped me realize it would have to be me who resolved it.
Her program was my only ally in the effort to get back to health.
And it worked.
By the time I had read a quarter of Julissa Clay’s strategy I already knew so much useful stuff about my condition that I was just itching to put it into action.
My improvement started that day.
The basics – what I needed to know to burn the fat out of my liver
Instead of ‘eat healthier’ or ‘stop drinking alcohol’ Julissa takes a practical and straightforward approach to restore liver health.
She describes the ‘3 pillars of liver health’.
These are the fundamentals of restoring a fatty-liver to its fully healthy state.
The 3 pillars do their work quickly and – if you stick to them – for good.
Her 3 pillars described exactly what was necessary to put it right… and then she gave me a step-by-step plan to follow so I could actually do it.
First, let’s take a look at the 3 pillars:
Your liver is in a critical condition.
It’s on a steep downward spiral.
Fat and toxins are piling up inside it every day, every minute.
The end result is liver failure.
So the most immediate thing to do is to stop this process.
The bad news: there are toxins all around us… In the air we breathe, the food we eat, our cleaning products… even our carpets.
The good news: Julissa has identified a handful of things that make the most damage. So you don’t have to make drastic changes, just a few, small smart choices.
Many fruits and vegetables are, for example, ineffective by pesticides. I realized I had been wasting so much money buying them organic.
Because it’s safe to eat these from my local supermarket.
On the other hand, there are 12 types of foods that you need to boycott or buy organic.
These suck up toxins and send them straight into your liver.
There are also foods that directly block your liver from burning its inner fat. Some of these bad foods are considered healthy.
I thought I was making a healthy choice by eating wholewheat.
Turns out I was not!
The gluten in all types of wheat acts as a major liver killer.
Wholewheat is just one example.
Julissa taught me about a handful of other ingredients that I thought were healthy but were actually causing my fatty liver.
Again this doesn’t mean you have to completely cut out these foods. But while doing CPR on your liver, you want to minimize those damaging foods.
Once I had stopped the ‘bleeding’, it was time to start the healing.
Food that jumpstarts your liver
The Julissa taught me about foods that would support my liver to start melting its inner fat.
There’s lots of choices – and it’s all available at your local supermarket.
A compound in turnips, for example, has been proven to trigger liver-fat-burning. For the first week on Julissa’s program, I loaded up on turnips every day.
But don’t worry if you don’t like turnips, that’s just one example of so many great foods that can support liver-fat-burn.
In her program, Julissa lists all kind of foods that helps jumpstart your liver. Some of these foods you might even think were bad (like chocolate but only a specific kind).
She also gives many suggestions for liver-healthy alternatives to less unhealthy foods. So I could actually eat most of the dishes I liked. Just switched out a few ingredients.
Maybe most importantly…
This was all very easy
Julissa understands completely that a time-consuming, restrictive, complicated plan is going to be a miserable experience for most people.
We have lives.
We have commitments, families, work…
We want ease, not more problems.
So her solution is designed to be one that quickly becomes a habit.
It’s based on the kinds of lives that normal people live.
Because she understands that if it’s not clear and easy, most people will give up.
It’s that simple.
So she leads you step-by-step through the whole process in a very easy to follow way.
As my liver became lighter and more active, I could feel my energy level rise day by day.
- I was sleeping better,
- thinking clearer,
- feeling more positive and happy
- and even losing bodyweight.
So it became somewhat naturally to move on to…
Move a little, burn that liver-fat
I can’t pretend I was looking forward to this bit.
I feel like my entire life is spent running around from here to there.
What I least need is to have to find the time – and energy – for more movement!
However, here are two things I can tell you for a fact:
First, I felt lighter and more energetic after just a week of eating according to Julissa’s plan.
It’s incredible how much difference improving your eating can make to energy, mood, and motivation.
Secondly, Julissa teaches quick and easy exercises that are precisely focused on burning liver fat.
If you want to do more workout for other health benefits, you can.
But for fatty-liver health, seven minutes, three times a week was all I needed.
Remember those 4 stages from fatty liver to liver failure?
The price of doing nothing is to move more quickly through those stages.
So ye, seven minutes or die… I pick seven.
28 days to a new you…
Julissa’s fatty-liver plan was the least disruptive – and easiest to implement – that I’ve ever seen.
I still follow her advice today.
Partly because I don’t want liver disease again, partly because I actually enjoy what it does for me.
But it’s natural to wonder how to make use of all this great information.
Knowing things is fine; knowing how to use that knowledge is a different matter.
Julissa fully understands this.
So rather than throw all this information out at you and then expect you to just get on with it….
She instead takes you by the hand and leads you through it step-by-step.
She divides her plan up into 4 individual weeks.
Each week builds on the previous one.
So it starts small and easy.
And it pretty much stays easy because you’re just adding to what you’ve already done.
So I wasn’t a physically active person and I wasn’t a great cook either. But at the end of 28 days, I felt like a natural at all of it!
And that’s because I didn’t have to take on a whole life change in one hit.
I adjusted a bit at a time until it just felt right.
It was an uplifting feeling knowing that these small changes were actively unclogging the fat from my liver.
Today it’s all instinctive.
I don’t give it a moment’s thought.
I eat very well, look really good, feel fantastic – and, of course, fatty liver is now just a distant memory.
Remember, fatty liver disease is a disease that is in motion.
As a sufferer you’re moving through stages of the disease, each stage being significantly more dangerous than the previous one.
So this plan isn’t just treating the stage of the disease you’ve currently got, it’s treating the stage you’re heading towards next.
A single line of attack on liver disease can have some positive effects.
Julissa takes absolutely no chances though.
Her program is taking a multi-pronged approach to reducing the fat around your liver.
Each one tackles the disease from a different direction ensuring that no stone is left unturned.
And each direction of attack is super-effective.
For example, scientists at the University of California carried out a short 9-days study that applied just one of the approaches contained in this program.
The result was reduced blood cholesterol, reduced insulin resistance, and reduced blood pressure – plus a 7% reduction in liver fat.
That’s just one of this program’s approaches – and measured over just nine days.
Put all the program’s different factors together over a month… and you can start to see why The Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Solution is so well acclaimed by people who have followed it.
Now I know how to treat my fatty liver
Having a copy of this program in my hands gave me one other unexpected bonus.
Ever since I was diagnosed with fatty liver, I have to confess: I was scared.
Fatty liver… very fatty liver…Fibrosis… Cirrhosis… liver failure … liver cancer.
All this and our doctors have no remedy for this disease…
…until it’s so bad that they have to perform a liver transfer (if we can get one).
The complications associated with a liver transplant don’t bear thinking about…
Both the seriousness of the disease and the fact that my doctor had no solution made me feel very vulnerable.
But now I knew what to do.
Now I not only had a comprehensive plan to melt away the fat that was clogging up my liver – I actually understood how the plan worked.
So for the first time since my diagnosis, I felt empowered, knowledgeable – and supremely confident that I could treat this disease once and for all.
And that, of course, is exactly what I did.
My next bloodwork showed a hugely reduced fat content in my liver.
And my final bloodwork and MRI confirmed the inevitable: there was no more fat there and I no longer suffered from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Despite my reluctance to spend time in the kitchen or do much exercise The Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Solution’s step-by-step approach was an absolute life-saver.
I didn’t stop following the program’s instructions – even once my liver was fat-free.
Why on earth would I?
Look at what the program did for me:
- no more fatty liver disease – and no realistic chance of me ever getting it again
- noticeably more energy and vigor – both at work, at home and throughout the day
- deeper sleep all night – and better moods during the day
- more illness immunity – significantly less chance of getting diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure or heart disease
- a slimmer figure – a by-product of the program, I lost nearly 18 pounds of body fat without restricting portions, counting calories or feeling hungry
Julissa’s plan is no longer a ‘plan’ to me. It’s just my way of life.
Everything about it is just habit. I don’t have to think about it.
And I don’t remember ever feeling this good. I absolutely love it.
If you’re not the type… well, nor was I
I’m not a person who buys programs from the internet.
When I’m ill I trust my doctors to make me better.
My view is that if they don’t know… then nobody knows.
This experience shows me that isn’t always the case.
This time they didn’t know.
But somebody else did.
I needed effective, accurate advice.
And I need someone to show me how to save my health in a way that was straightforward and easy to follow.
Julissa did that for me.
I’ve not had fat in my liver for over a year now.
I might be paranoid. But I go for a checkup every other month and every time I get confirmation from my doctor that my liver is good.
I highly recommend Julissa’s strategy to anyone suffering non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease.