The Role of the Liver in Losing Weight

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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.

Liver-troubling toxins

The toxins that are most problematic for the liver include:

– Alcohol

– Medications

– Artificial additives

– Artificial sweeteners

– Flavor enhancers

– Heavy metals

– Synthetic materials

Additionally problematic

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.

What is My Appetite Saying to Me?

CIMG0067Everyone has experienced this: sometimes you feel like eating and you (more or less consciously) comply. Sometimes this is actually hunger, which is signalling to you that your body needs replenishment.

But there could be a whole different cause when you suddenly sense the desire to eat:

  • Thirst

One study showed that 80% of the participants could not tell the difference between hunger and thirst. They thought they were hungry, but their bodies were really just dehydrated and were thirsty. You can learn to listen better to your body and to ask yourself: am I really sensing hunger or is it possible I’m just thirsty? Or you can just test it by drinking a large glass of water. If you are still feeling hungry 20 minutes later, then it was really hunger and not hidden thirst.

  • Boredom

Sometimes we just don’t know what we should do, so we eat. This should not be. If you are bored, you can exercise. You can do some gymnastics or take a little walk through the house or outside. This is good for your blood pressure and circulation. Perhaps during your walk, you will discover what you would really like to do.

Perhaps you have trained/conditioned your body that when it always wants something, it will always get something. It behaves like a spoiled child that is always looking for attention and care through food. You can unlearn this. Three meals per day is enough. Snacks in between are not necessary unless you are diabetic or have low blood sugar. Get your body used to long pauses between meals.

  • Eating too fast

About 20 minutes after beginning a meal, the brain releases hormones that signal that we have consumed enough nutrition and that we can end the meal. You feel full. This is a function of time. Normal, healthy foods like meat, vegetables, and fruit take a while to chew and digest. When you are finished eating, you are normally full. Many “unnatural,” artificial foods can be swallowed quickly. You don’t really have to chew, and you end up eating mountains of it before you sense, “Now, I’m full.”

The next time you feel like eating:

– first drink something

– first do something else

If your desire to eat is still there after trying these, eat something that will keep you busy for a while with chewing and digesting. Enjoy eating well and becoming full. Bon Appetit.