Liver detoxification is a key to a successful weight loss. This article will help inform you on how toxic overload burdens your liver and what you can do to help detoxify your liver which will result in better health and easy and permanent weight loss.
Most of us face issues with increased and ongoing difficulty to lose weight after our 30th birthday. As time passes the problem becomes even more severe. When we reach our forties many people become completely desperate. You might have heard or read that this is normal, but this doesn’t make you feel any better. After all there should be a medical reason for it and it should be something that can be treated. The good news is that there is a reason for it and it’s not so much of a fact that things just ‘slow down’ as we age but more a fact that your liver has been subject to a longer period of neglect than when you were in your 20’s.
Once your liver works efficiently, to its full capacity, weight loss will be much easier. You will be also able to maintain your results easily. But when your liver is still overloaded with toxins you will not as these toxins circulate in your body and may damage your organs and interfere with proper body function in a number of ways. So it’s not only about losing weight. It is also about improving your health and well-being.
- Toxic overload
The main way for toxins to get in your body is through foods. Unfortunately, our most popular foods are exactly of that type of food you should never eat. This includes meat and poultry injected with growth hormones, fruits and vegetables stuffed with chemicals and fried foods full of trans-fatty acids. Toxic overload comes on slowly, a day at a time, so you won’t feel all the symptoms right away. It will probably start with tiredness that you will attribute to “simply getting older”.
When all these toxins get accumulated in your body to a solid build up, your confused body can’t metabolize properly. You will most likely start feeling tired and depressed. You may also find it difficult to get out of the bed in the morning. Since your body doesn’t metabolize properly, it cannot absorb nutrients necessary for healthy life no matter how many supplements you take.
Your sluggish liver can’t produce sufficient amounts of bile. Bile is a necessary liquid produced by your liver. This liquid is responsible for cleaning up waste products that were formed in your liver as well as for helping to break down fats in small intestine for digestion. When bile production is insufficient due to your liver sluggishness, the fat cannot be broken down and processed properly. Instead, it will be stored in your body as fat, most often around your waist area!
Many things you are consuming on daily basis contribute to accumulation of toxins in your body. Here are some examples:
- Artificial sweeteners
- Trans-fatty acids
In a healthy body detoxification is a constant process. You eliminate toxins through your digestive, urinary, circulatory, respiratory and lymphatic systems. But once you have allowed the toxins to accumulate by consuming poor quality food, you will need detoxification treatment that will stimulate your body’s ability to cleanse itself. Along with detoxification that you will need to focus on on a regular basis, you will also need to change your diet accordingly. The simplest way is to eliminate poor food choices and replace them with higher quality healthy foods. This may also mean making some adjustments to your current lifestyle.
Tips for liver detoxification
- Apple cider vinegar and lemon water
To help your metabolism and clean up your liver, drink a cup of warm water with the juice of half a fresh lemon or a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar just before your meal twice a day. This will stimulate bile production which will help your body metabolize more efficiently. Keep in mind that vinegar is very acidic so don’t overdo it.
- Protein at every meal
Your liver needs amino acids to produce bile. Amino acids are available in high protein foods. Eat protein foods often, preferably at every meal. Eggs are especially recommended as they have an additional benefit of being a rich source of lecithin.
- Omega-3 and minerals
Eat walnuts, flaxseed, salmon, take fish oil supplements to get enough of essential fatty acids. Eat richly coloured vegetables as they are the best source of flavonoids. Make sure you consume foods rich in vitamin C (guava, red sweet pepper, cantaloupe, pimientos, sweet green pepper, papaya, strawberries), B vitamins (tuna, whole grains, turkey, bananas, lentils, chili peppers) and folic acid (bulgur, okra, orange juice, spinach, white beans, red kidney beans, avocado).
Magnesium and zinc are extremely important for you liver detoxification. Zinc is found in oysters, crabmeat, turkey, pumpkin seeds, dried beans and seafood. Magnesium sources include milk, soya beans, cereals and fish.