Standard Western Diet Associated with Hepatic Inflammation

FriDec8CI.jpgIN YOUR DAILY DOSE: today is research that demonstrates another problem with the Standard Western diet.

MAKING CHANGES: What you eat makes a real difference in your overall health and we’ll give you several strategies to help improve your overall health.

FACT OR FICTION: Do you know where the first ambulance ride took place?


In The News

A new study reports that mice who were fed a Western diet, high in sugar and fat, lead to an increase in liver inflammation. The men seem to be more affected than women. The liver inflammation was most visible in mice that also lacked a specific receptor.

The study also links diet to changes in the bacteria living in your gut, as well as your bile profile. Lead investigator Yu-Jui Yvonne Wan, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UC Davis Health explained the importance of the study in Science Daily:

"We know the transition from steatosis, or fatty liver, to steatohepatitis (inflammation in the fatty liver) plays a crucial role in liver injury and carcinogenesis. Because the liver receives 70% of its blood supply from the intestine, it is important to understand how the gut contributes to liver disease development. Our data show that diet, gender, and different antibiotic treatments alter the gut microbiota as well as bile acid profile and have different effects on liver inflammation."


Daily Health Tip

You’ll never be able to out exercise what you eat!

Making Changes

What you eat affects the growth of bacteria in your gut that outnumbers the number of cells in your body. This bacteria is responsible for the strength of your immune system and impacts the inflammatory response in your body - which in turn affects your heart health, risk of stroke and potential for suffering immune mediated diseases, such as lupus.

You may make significant impact on your gut microbiome by making just a couple of changes to your diet. Researchers have discovered people eating a variety of vegetables have a more diverse microbiome (important to health). Sugar feeds the bad bacterial growth in your intestines.  Here are several strategies that may help you:

1. Consider using a quality probiotic and prebiotic supplement - the first to add a diverse microbiome to your gut and the second to feed them.

2. Reduce or eliminate your sugar intake, smoking and alcohol consumption as each negatively affects your gut bacteria, your immune system and your heart health.

3. Increase the amount of non-carbohydrate fiber you eat daily as it feeds your good bacteria and found in vegetables.

4. Reduce the amount of carbohydrates you eat each day as these foods metabolize into sugar in your body.


Daily Affirmation

Today, I live by the saying that less is more. I remember that simplicity saves me time, money, and energy. I focus on what I love and minimize the rest.
Self-Reflection Questions:
1. What is the distinction between being busy and being productive?
2. Why is simplicity liberating?
3. What are three low-priority activities that I could cut out of my weekly schedule?

Fact or Fiction?

Today, we might think that the ambulance has been carrying people from home to hospital for centuries, but they haven’t.  The first ambulance and service was started in Cincinnati OH in 1865.


Have a wonderful day!

Your Healthy Life America Team


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