The liver is a critical organ of the human body which performs major functions to boost metabolism, immunity, digestion, detoxification and vitamin storage. World Liver Day is globally celebrated on the 19th of April every year to spread awareness about liver diseases. The purpose is to make people aware about severity of liver diseases, the necessity of early detection and on time prevention of liver diseases.
What is NAFLD?
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the term for a range of conditions caused by a build-up of fat in the liver. It’s usually seen in people who are overweight or obese. Early-stage NAFLD does not usually cause any harm, but it can lead to serious liver damage, including cirrhosis, if it gets worse.
In India, youngsters, teenagers and obese children are often reported to having Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which is alarming. But why is this happening? Is it only sedentary lifestyle or wrong diet?
The Nutritionist speaks
On World Liver Day 2023, Mumbai-based Integrative Nutritionist and Health Coach Karishma Shah opens up in an exclusive interaction with The CSR Journal about the kind of foods we should eat and those we should avoid to keep our liver healthy. Karishma also discusses what mistakes India’s youngsters do in their day to day diet and lifestyle which makes them fall prey to fatty liver.
“Our liver needs good cholesterol for to it to work really well, for bile production, for digestive enzymes and even for female hormones. If there is no or low good cholesterol, our body will suffer. Alcohol consumption, bad fatty foods, fast, processed foods and hyper-palatable foods, smoking, vaping- all these are contributing to young people getting Fatty Liver Disease very quickly,” says the Nutritionist. Watch the above video to learn more!