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Diet: Minimalism is the key to a healthy liver

Diet: Minimalism is the key to a healthy liver


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Good resolution for 2020: nutritional minimalism

A healthy attitude to nutrition also means that we become aware of what we eat during the day and, if necessary, do without it if the mind advises us to do so. "You have to eat not only with your mouth, but also with your head, so that you do not lose your nibble on your mouth," summarized the German philosopher Friedrich W. Nietzsche at the end of the 19th century. The German Liver Foundation also has a similar position and recommends eating more consciously and healthily in the new year.

Regardless of whether you consciously forego consumption or limit the things you have around you in everyday life. "Minimalism" has established itself as a concept of life and should make you happier and happier. According to the German Liver Foundation, this concept can also be applied to nutrition. This should benefit the liver in particular.

Obesity and lack of exercise often lead to fatty liver

According to the German Liver Foundation, “minimalism” in nutrition can make an important contribution to liver health. Not only can apartments be littered by too many things, the liver is often crammed full. Overweight and obesity (obesity) in combination with a lack of exercise are the most common causes of the manifestation of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

Common fatty liver

As reported by the German Liver Foundation, every fourth person over the age of 40 and every third overweight child in Germany has fatty liver. The development is also characterized by an increasing tendency. "In most cases, the non-alcoholic fatty liver arises as a result of the so-called metabolic syndrome," explains Professor Dr. Michael P. Manns, Chairman of the Board of the German Liver Foundation.

What is a metabolic syndrome?

"The metabolic syndrome, also called insulin resistance syndrome or metabolic-vascular syndrome, is characterized by the common appearance of various symptoms and clinical pictures," reports Professor Manns. These factors include obesity, especially belly fat, a permanently elevated blood sugar level, increased blood lipid levels and high blood pressure.

Improper diet and lack of exercise as a risk factor

"In general, unhealthy nutrition and lack of exercise are the cause of the metabolic syndrome," emphasizes the liver expert. The imbalance between calorie intake and consumption creates four vascular-damaging risk factors at the same time. The excess calories that the body does not need are stored in the form of fat - also in the liver.

Obesity promotes liver cancer

"It has been proven that the oncogenic risk factors of nicotine and alcohol consumption, overweight, obesity and lack of exercise also play a decisive role in some liver cell cancer diseases (hepatocellular carcinoma, HCC)," summarizes Professor Manns. All risk factors mentioned are avoidable. "That is why, at the start of the new year, the German Liver Foundation appeals to the responsibility that everyone should take over for their health," said the CEO.

Nutritional minimalism

The German Liver Foundation recommends “nutritional minimalism” as a resolution for 2020. Consumers should develop an awareness of only consuming the calories that they actually consume so that the body is not “clogged”.

Liver Foundation calls for political support

To support this approach, health and preventive measures are necessary. The German Liver Foundation believes that an increased tax on sweetened beverages and food and the introduction of a food traffic light (NutriScore) make sense. This could help people implement a healthier diet with less sugar and fat. (vb)

Author and source information

This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.

Graduate editor (FH) Volker Blasek

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  • German Liver Foundation: Health 2020: "Minimalism" is also good for the liver (accessed: December 27, 2019), deutsche-leberstiftung.de


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