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! 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. 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.
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