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The liver’s tasks
In simple terms, the liver has the following tasks: it is responsible for many metabolic processes, one of which is the utilization of glucose and vitamins. A good metabolism is a requirement for effective weight-loss.
The liver provides bile/acids to digest fats and decides whether the fat will be burned as energy or if it will be saved in the form of fat rolls.
In addition, it is responsible for the disposal and excretion of toxins.
When the liver is overwhelmed
When the liver is overwhelmed with toxins, it doesn’t have enough energy for metabolism. A sluggish metabolism makes us feel sluggish and builds fat. Toxins that the liver can’t break down get stored in fat depots in the body.
The person who would like to lose weight or simply have more energy is wise to be good to his or her liver.
Because toxins get stored in fat cells, they end up back in the liver when the fat cells are broken down (by weight-loss). People who are more than 30 pounds overweight and want to lose a lot should consult a doctor or medical practitioner to avoid poisoning their bodies during weight-loss.
The toxins that are most problematic for the liver include:
– Artificial additives
– Artificial sweeteners
– Flavor enhancers
– Heavy metals
– Synthetic materials
– Industrially-produced sugar and sweetened drinks (soft drinks) – sugar blocks liver functions
– Trans fatty acids (often in hard fats such as margarine, but also in many ready-made meals) – these block the absorbtion of nutrients and inhibit detoxification
– Possibly: milk products They at this site can, but don’t have to, lead to digestive problems and liver stress in some people.
In most industrially-produced groceries are one or more of these things that block the liver and with it, weight-loss. Because of this, is recommended to eat as many natural foods as possible. This is especially important for meat products because the industrially-produced usually contain many antibiotics, growth hormones, and other hormones that really burden the liver. The same goes for pesticides on fruits and vegetables.
Great for the liver
- Fatty Fish – the protein and fatty acids in fish stimulate the production of bile and with that, burning of fat.
- Lean meat such as beef, white meat, and lamb gives protein that strengthens the metabolism and detoxification functions of the liver.
- Vegetables and leaves such as artichoke, spinach, cabbage, broccoli, ramsons or onions, and ginger
- Fruit: berries, oranges, mangos, apples, and bananas provide many important minerals and purify the liver.
- Herbs and spices – cinnamon, fennel, anise, ginger, rosemary, basil, thyme, and caraway dehydrate and support the excretion of toxins
- Flaxseed – provides essential fatty acids and substances that regulate estrogen levels and hinder water retention. This is good for the excretion of toxins.
- Tea made from fresh ginger.
- Lots of (preferably filtered) water.
- Artichoke, dandelion, and milk thistle.
Herbs, artichoke, dandelion, and milk thistle are recommended by medical practitioners for detoxification of the liver. It can be good to do a juice- or herb-detoxification of the liver 1 – 2 x per year. Detoxification can cause fatigue and listlessness.