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August 27, 2013

Why More Teens Are Getting Liver Disease

If you want to prove to your teenager that the Standard American Diet is deadly, check this out!

Earlier this year, a news report from Australia revealed that “a study of 1000 teenagers has found a Western diet is associated with an increased risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) at 17 years of age.”

Notice the term “non-alcoholic” in that disease name. Contrary to popular assumption, you don’t have to be an alcoholic to get liver disease.

So how does it happen?


Sugar, once metabolized, has the same effect on the liver as alcohol.

And guess what the researchers in Australia said was the main trouble-maker in the Western diet?

Yup… sugar. Specifically, the high amounts of sugar in soft drinks — which immediately turns into fat.

Knowing this, it’s easy to understand why a high sugar diet IS a high fat diet. It also explains why sugar is a primary risk factor for “fatty” liver disease.

But your teen isn’t fat? Doesn’t matter.

Even so-called skinny people can have fatty organs if don’t eat right.

And the problems with sugar don’t end with fatty organs. A high sugar diet also messes with a teen’s (or anyone’s) gut bacteria.

How does that happen?

Swiss scientists found that fructose (sugar) may affect gut bacteria in a way that alters the body’s metabolic capacity, creating a gut with fewer bacterial species (giving way for “bad” bacteria to overtake “good” bacteria and causing a health-deteriorating bacteria imbalance).

Conversely, it makes sense that (in addition to a no-refined-sugar, high nutrient diet like The Hallelujah Diet) supplementing with something that helps balance gut bacteria may, in turn, help to relieve NAFLD.

And that’s just what researchers discovered recently in Montreal, Canada.probioticsb

After observing the effects of a probiotic supplement in hamsters with NAFLD, researchers concluded that there is an “excellent potential of using an oral probiotic formulation to ameliorate NAFLD.”

Hallelujah Acres does have a very powerful probiotic supplement that delivers 700% more bacteria to the colon (where it’s needed most) than typical probiotics, but supplementing alone is never the solution.

Only by removing the problem (toxicity) and increasing nutrients (to address deficiency) — best achieved with a primarily raw, plant-based diet — can the body awaken its self-healing ability so that supplementation can work effectively.

 How do you get your teens to eat right?
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  • Jackie H.

    This article regarding fatty liver disease, from a non alcoholic fatty liver is oh so true. We recently lost my own mother to non alcoholic fatty liver disease, which caused her to go into hepato-renal kidney failure, and she died within 3 months of her diagnosis. And, I am a traditional health professional, and find it not really being addressed at all. I have the opportunity to see many patients charts, and see the words “fatty liver” under their problem list , on a very large percentage of patients. I recently had to address a 12 year old who was on high blood pressure pills, and high cholesterol pills. He ran out of pills, and had to borrow pills from his 10 year old cousin, who was also on the same medications. Both had a fatty liver listed on their problem list. And, to top that all off, I was having abdominal pain, and while they were testing me to see what the problem was, an ultrasound showed I had an incidental problem of “fatty liver”. I am blessed with the opportunity to turn this around, as my liver function tests are absolutely normal. So, that is what brought me to Hallelujah Acres, and others like you. Multiple other members of my family said their physicians also told them they had “fatty livers”. One has abnormal liver function tests already. This article is about sugar. However, all processed grains and carbohydrates are converted directly into sugars in our bodies. Fats also accumulate around our livers, esp. animal fats. We need fats, but we go way overboard. I believe “fatty liver” will eventually upset, or at least equal the amount of sickness and disease we see from type II diabetes. And, I do not see medical professionals doing anything, or even trying to educate people about this. Most people I speak with are not even aware it is on their medical problem list. My own physician when I asked about it, said “no worry, your liver tests are normal”, and did not even seem interested in addressing it with me. We gotta do it ourselves, and take responsibility for this ourselves.