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Fat/Bullet proof coffee and liver function

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 03, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Here's some background information about myself before I ask the question.

I am an 18 yr old girl who has been paleo for well over a year. I'm one who tends to stay away from the carbs unless I crossfit a lot. I lost 20 pounds initially and now my weight loss has stalled.I'm about 20 pounds away from goal weight. I'm 5'7" 170 pounds. I have just started my first year in college and for some reason I am having bouts of diarrhea, yet I have not cheated at all and have only eaten one trigger food (not thoroughly cooked peppers) that would have caused these problems.

I went to health services and they gave me standard blood tests. Everything was fine except my ALT level for my liver was 90 when the highest it should be is 40.

For the past 3 months I have been drinking bullet proof coffee in the morning with 1 tbsp of butter and 1 tbsp of MCT oil for 2 cups of coffee and no solid food until lunch. I feel great and I absolutely love it.

But now with this number for liver function, my family is ragging on me that I am eating too much fat and that it is really not healthy for me to have a diet so devoid of carbohydrate. In college it has been hard to find veggies to eat that aren't starchy or cooked in some oil I don't want to eat, so I have really been relying on various sources of protein and avocados.

So what does everyone think? Am I eating too much fat in my diet or could there be another reason for this elevated number for liver function? (i.e. stress, toxic environment in my old dorm room)

2b06d0b94720df42f6e14dc61c8d18f7

on October 05, 2012
at 02:20 AM

Lately I've only been able to get a crossfit workout in 2-3 times a week. The days I workout I get a sweet potato in sometime after the workout.

2b06d0b94720df42f6e14dc61c8d18f7

on October 05, 2012
at 02:19 AM

On an average day, I drink 2 cups of bp coffee with usually 1 tbsp of MCT oil and 1 tbsp butter total in the morning. For lunch I usually eat 2-3 hardboiled eggs, approx. 2 oz. applegate sausage, 1 small avocado. For dinner I go out and get a meat and veggie (ex. Ribeye with spaghetti squash and spinach sauteed in real butter; or chipotle-carnitas, guac, and salad; and sometimes just a salad from Whole Foods).

75e8ceee00e2459860ea38220a3a8118

(276)

on October 04, 2012
at 01:46 PM

I love Bubbies! It's our favourite but we sometimes also buy Whole Foods' generic 365 Organic brand; I'll check to see if it also contains live cultures.

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on October 03, 2012
at 07:42 PM

I really don't think 2Tbsp of added fats would cause elevated ALT. Could be a ton of other reasons, as you suspect.

2b06d0b94720df42f6e14dc61c8d18f7

on October 03, 2012
at 04:52 PM

Thanks for the suggestion! I'll definitely have to try that.

2b06d0b94720df42f6e14dc61c8d18f7

on October 03, 2012
at 04:51 PM

No. Other than vit. D and Fish Oil I haven't taken anything of the sort. I'll be interested to see what my second test in two weeks looks like.

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on October 03, 2012
at 04:11 PM

Make sure the sauerkraut has live cultures. Bubbe's is a good brand.

78964c5cc470f86a5897db8e1ce8e6f9

on October 03, 2012
at 03:42 PM

Are you taking any kind of medication (prescription or OTC) regularly? Many meds can cause hepatic impairment, as I'm unfortunately finding out. The most common OTC culprit is acetaminophen (Tylenol).

78964c5cc470f86a5897db8e1ce8e6f9

on October 03, 2012
at 03:40 PM

Always good to check again. If still elevated, cut out the BP coffee for a week or two and test again.

2b06d0b94720df42f6e14dc61c8d18f7

on October 03, 2012
at 03:10 PM

Unfortunately I have never had my live enzyme level tested before so I am not sure. My AST was normal and I had my triglycerides tested last May and they were 40 mg/dL

2b06d0b94720df42f6e14dc61c8d18f7

on October 03, 2012
at 03:06 PM

I scheduled another blood test in two weeks to see if the number was off.

2b06d0b94720df42f6e14dc61c8d18f7

on October 03, 2012
at 03:06 PM

Yeah last May I had a full micronutrient and cholesterol panel done by a paleo doctor. My cholesterol numbers were great. I had no metabolic problems (i.e. glucose and fructose numbers were normal). I was overall in great shape except for a few minor vitamin deficiencies that I am taking care of with food and supplements.

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on October 03, 2012
at 02:40 PM

What was your liver enzyme level before you started drinking BulletProof Coffee? Wouldn't that have any bearing? BPC may or may not elevate your ALT. I tend to think not. At your weight you probably had pre-existing fatty liver. Check your AST and triglycerides. Your clues are there.

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75e8ceee00e2459860ea38220a3a8118

on October 03, 2012
at 03:43 PM

Yeah, perhaps unrelated Maybe the diarrhea is stress-related (1st semester at college) or different water or something else entirely. Yeah, too bad no previous liver enzyme test results; maybe much higher than 90. Congrats on losing the 20 lb! A jar of sauerkraut would be a good thing to keep on hand to supplement dorm meals.

5f3e1f803d7a9b8704bb11cda26bcf9a

(658)

on October 03, 2012
at 04:11 PM

Make sure the sauerkraut has live cultures. Bubbe's is a good brand.

2b06d0b94720df42f6e14dc61c8d18f7

on October 03, 2012
at 04:52 PM

Thanks for the suggestion! I'll definitely have to try that.

75e8ceee00e2459860ea38220a3a8118

(276)

on October 04, 2012
at 01:46 PM

I love Bubbies! It's our favourite but we sometimes also buy Whole Foods' generic 365 Organic brand; I'll check to see if it also contains live cultures.

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on October 03, 2012
at 05:36 PM

It's safe to say that eating too little carbs probably isn't going to cause liver problems, and I doubt the bulletproof coffee is doing it, either. I'm leaning toward pre-existing condition, so what's going to be most important is how you feel and how your followup testing looks.

You don't say what your carb intake is. On an average day, are you using paleo carbs, or are you going ketogenic? How does that relate to how often you do Crossfit?

It sounds like you're on the right track. Keep up the good work!

2b06d0b94720df42f6e14dc61c8d18f7

on October 05, 2012
at 02:19 AM

On an average day, I drink 2 cups of bp coffee with usually 1 tbsp of MCT oil and 1 tbsp butter total in the morning. For lunch I usually eat 2-3 hardboiled eggs, approx. 2 oz. applegate sausage, 1 small avocado. For dinner I go out and get a meat and veggie (ex. Ribeye with spaghetti squash and spinach sauteed in real butter; or chipotle-carnitas, guac, and salad; and sometimes just a salad from Whole Foods).

2b06d0b94720df42f6e14dc61c8d18f7

on October 05, 2012
at 02:20 AM

Lately I've only been able to get a crossfit workout in 2-3 times a week. The days I workout I get a sweet potato in sometime after the workout.

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3b0b95dfc6dc5c18e535945f4aab0866

on October 03, 2012
at 04:35 PM

Are you continuing to do intense exercise? Initial heavy exercise can cause the appearance of increased liver enzymes because those same enzymes exist in normal body cells in smaller amounts and a breakdown due to heavy exercise causes them to be released into the blood. The best way to check whether there is indeed any liver issue is to check one enzyme thats liver only: GGT (I think it is) as well as evaluate whether your strenuous exercise is the likely contributor to the other 2 normal enzymes checked.

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on October 03, 2012
at 03:57 PM

Are you taking any medications? Even over the counter ibuprofen or cold meds etc.?

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on October 03, 2012
at 02:49 PM

dietary fats do not cause fatty liver-here is a post with lots of articles on it:

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread19497.html

Did they run your cholesterol too?

If that is the only number that is off, I would have the blood test run again.

I use bulletproof coffee daily-2 coffees with 2 tbl mct, 1 tbl kerry gold in each coffee. I love it.

78964c5cc470f86a5897db8e1ce8e6f9

on October 03, 2012
at 03:40 PM

Always good to check again. If still elevated, cut out the BP coffee for a week or two and test again.

2b06d0b94720df42f6e14dc61c8d18f7

on October 03, 2012
at 03:06 PM

I scheduled another blood test in two weeks to see if the number was off.

2b06d0b94720df42f6e14dc61c8d18f7

on October 03, 2012
at 03:06 PM

Yeah last May I had a full micronutrient and cholesterol panel done by a paleo doctor. My cholesterol numbers were great. I had no metabolic problems (i.e. glucose and fructose numbers were normal). I was overall in great shape except for a few minor vitamin deficiencies that I am taking care of with food and supplements.

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