Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) is a growing health concern, affecting both children and adults. It's characterized by fatty deposits in the liver, which can lead to liver disease. A recent study found that brown fat, a healthy type of fat in our bodies, has a direct correlation with the lack of NAFLD. People with diminished concentrations of brown fat have a higher probability of having NAFLD.
The good news is that brown fat stores can be increased, which can help in reducing or potentially reversing NAFLD. Two ways to increase brown fat stores are cold exposure and time-restricted feeding. Cold exposure for one to three minutes, two to four times per week, or even 10 minutes, two to four times per week can increase brown fat stores. Time-restricted feeding also seems to positively increase brown fat stores, probably because of the way that brown fat stores relate to epinephrin and adrenaline, which tend to go up when we're fasted.
So, for the sake of liver health and potentially reducing or reversing NAFLD, time-restricted feeding appears to be beneficial. As always, any major changes to diet or lifestyle should be discussed with a healthcare provider.