Good resolution for 2020: nutritional minimalism
A healthy attitude towards nutrition also means that we become aware of what we eat during the day and, if necessary, refrain from doing so 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,” summed up 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 dwellings be littered by too many things, the liver is also often crowded. Obesity and obesity (obesity) in combination with 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 have one 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, CEO 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. “For this reason, at the start of the new year, the Deutsche Leberstiftung appeals to the responsibility that everyone should assume for their health,” said the CEO.
The German Liver Foundation recommends a “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 policy 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)
Graduate editor (FH) Volker Blasek
- German Liver Foundation: Health 2020: “Minimalism” is also good for the liver (accessed: December 27, 2019), deutsche-leberstiftung.de
This article contains general information only and should not be used for self-diagnosis or treatment. He can not substitute a visit at the doctor.