First For Women - - Health -

“There’s an epi­demic of fatty liver dis­ease in the U.S.,” says Ken D. Berry, M.D., au­thor of Lies My Doc­tor

Told Me. In­deed, more than 80% of women over 45 have the con­di­tion, in which fat clogs the organ so it can’t per­form its metabolic and detox func­tions, lead­ing to weight gain, fa­tigue and fog. And while the high su­gar con­tent in the stan­dard Amer­i­can diet is a ma­jor fac­tor, new re­search points to another cul­prit in our food sup­ply: glyphosate, a chem­i­cal sprayed on crops to kill weeds. A new an­i­mal study links glyphosate ex­po­sure to a three-fold in­crease in risk of non­al­co­holic fatty liver dis­ease.

70% of peo­ple have glyphosate in their sys­tem—that’s a 500% rise in the past 23 years, ac­cord­ing to a Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia at San Diego study. Though some experts (in­clud­ing those as­so­ci­ated with Mon­santo, the com­pany that uses glyphosate as the ac­tive in­gre­di­ent in its weed killer, Roundup) have said it’s vir­tu­ally non­toxic to hu­mans, oth­ers urge cau­tion. Says Dr. Berry, “There’s no doubt glyphosate is a mol­e­cule of con­cern.”

A urine test can check glyphosate lev­els while an ul­tra­sound can di­ag­nose fatty liver. And to help op­ti­mize health, con­sider the fol­low­ing:

Keto di­ets elim­i­nate ma­jor sources of glyphosate and re­verse fatty liver, says Dr. Berry. His ad­vice: Avoid grains and su­gar, limit carb in­take to 50 grams a day and opt for green veggies, grass-fed meat, plant-based pro­teins and healthy fats like av­o­cado—keto-friendly foods that help the liver elim­i­nate fat and tox­ins. And go or­ganic and non-GMO when pos­si­ble—this can cut pes­ti­cide ex­po­sure by 90% in seven days.

Aim for 425 mg. of choline daily. It helps the liver break down fat and has been shown to help 80% of women re­verse fatty liver. Top source: eggs (147 mg.), or con­sider a sup­ple­ment.

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