Detoxification for health and weight loss
15th February, 20160 Comments
Detoxification: “Getting rid of any and all offending toxins inside of the body”.
Proper liver function is vital for a healthy body, and a healthy body is crucial for weight-loss. The liver performs over 400 functions, one of its most important jobs being ensuring toxins are safely removed from the blood. After the liver filters the blood, it transforms the toxins into safe substances to be excreted out of the body in your urine or into bile for elimination through the colon. If the liver does not have the correct support to do its job, or is inundated with too much work (toxic exposure, poor dietary choices, medications illness etc.) it gets backed up and sluggish. Toxins are not able to leave the body, and are stored in our fat tissue where they will stay until liver function improves, and they can be released safely. It’s important to understand that while your liver is busy handling all of these toxins, unstable and extremely toxic byproducts are produced. This toxic waste can attack and injure the liver leading to allergies, fatigue, bad skin, weight gain, low energy, constipation, PMS, toxicity and disease! So now you can see why a healthy functioning liver makes for a healthy functioning metabolism that can properly process foods. Toxins from both within our bodies and our environment can contribute to obesity. Hence, eliminating toxins and boosting your natural detoxification system is an essential component of long-term weight loss and a healthy metabolism.
How does your liver function measure up?
Is your liver function supporting your body’s fat burning abilities? Take a look at the following symptoms to see if your liver is crying out for some TLC (Tender Liver Care).
- Abnormalities in the level of fats in the blood stream – elevated LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, elevated triglycerides.
- History of alcohol/drug use or hepatitis.
- Long term prescription drug use.
- Sensitive to chemicals.
- Inability to lose weight even while dieting.
- Sluggish metabolism.
- Intolerance to fatty foods.
- History of nausea, motion sickness, or morning sickness.
- Light or pale coloured stools.
- Cravings for sugar.
- Gallbladder attacks.
- Symptoms of hormonal imbalance.
- Pain under right side of rib cage.
- Anger and irritability.
- Chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia.
And that’s just a few of the symptoms.
What causes liver toxicity?
Liver toxicity can be caused by a number of issues: toxins and heavy metals, drugs, a diet high in processed foods, sugar, excess protein and simple carbohydrates, industrial seed oils, food additives, and even lack of exercise. All of these perpetrators allow for an increased toxic burden to build up. So now can you see why when your liver is under stress fat burning is not a priority?
The good news is if you are suffering from the symptoms of liver toxicity, there are loads of things you can do to cleanse and strengthen your liver to support your body’s fat burning abilities. The most important thing to start with is a little TLC (Tender Liver Care) and that is something us nutritionists know a lot about.
About the author
Emma-Louise Pauline is a registered nutritional practitioner and healthy lifestyle coach. After eight years in finance she decided to pursue her interest in health, diet and wellness and began a new career in nutrition. Her corporate background gives her a greater understanding of the pressures and busy lifestyles of her clients.
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