Kefir for Liver Detox
Majid Ali, M.D.
Kefir, One of My Top Seven for Liver Detox for Health and Healing
I suggest gentle liver detox plan for everyone, for well individuals who seek guidance for wellness as well as for all my patients with chronic illnesses. I consider Kefir taken with Dr. Ali’s Breakfast, which is an idea and not a product, as one of the simplest and effective step as my liver detox plan.
Probiotic Kefir Bacteria
Kefir culture (kefir grains) used in making kefir of different origins contain of several varieties of probiotic bacteria belonging to Lactobacillus group and some other species, including the following:
- Lactobacillus acidophilus,
- Bifidobacterium bifidum,
- Lactobacillus helveticus,
- Lactobacillus kefiranofaciens,
- Lactococcus lactis
- Streptococcus thermophilus,
- Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp.
- Lactobacillus bulgaricus,
- Leuconostoc species.
Fatty (Greased Liver) Liver
I began my pathology residency in 1968. Fatty liver was the most common diagnosis made with the microscopic study of the liver tissue. Alcohol was the culprit in most cases. That was before the time of the liver being assaulted regularly by drinks and foods prepared with fructose-rich corn syrup. Fatty liver (greased-up liver to be more accurate) is more common now. Steatosis is a microscopic term used for this form of liver pathology. The diagnosis now is made with ultrasound scan of the liver. The blood tests for liver function are often positive. The culprit in most cases is fructose in drinks and foods rich in fructose-rich corn syrup.
How Does Kefir Work?
I prescribe kefir to be consumed two to three days a week for nearly all my patients with chronic diseases. I do so because chronic diseases commonly lead to fatty liver. Kefir is a fermented milk product prepared with culture of microbial species (symbionts in technical language. It supports oxygen, gut ecology, and insulin signaling by serving the following roles:
- Support for healthy stomach, small intestine, and colon flora
- Immune enhancer
- Gentle antibacterial
- Protects the liver from grease-buildup caused by high-fructose content of drinks and foods
Special Benefits of Kefir for Liver Detox
For Fatty Liver, Liver Steatosis, and Non-alcohalic Fatty Liver Disorder (NAFLD)
Kefir prevents and/or helps clear non-alcohalic fatty liver disorder (NAFLD), liver steatosis (grease-build-up, and liver congestion by several mechanisms including the following:
- Improve fatty liver syndrome by decreasing body weight
- Reducing liver inflammation (as indicated by falling activities of liver enzymes, such as ALT and AST, and others
- Decreasing levels of triglycerides
- Reversing hyperinsulinism
- Decreasing hepatic triglycerides and cholesterol, and free fatty acids
- Lowering the activties of inflammatory cytokines (TNF-α, IL-6 and IL-1β) that had been elevated in fructose-induced NAFLD mice.