Let's take a moment to talk about the liver: the primary gatekeeper for your body. The liver is the largest internal organ in the body and it most certainly pulls its weight. Every thing must pass through the liver before entering the blood for general circulation. The liver cleans the blood, filtering out things like environmental toxins, sugars and chemicals, and then delivers nutrients back into the blood stream to be used as fuel for our cells.
The liver has three main jobs, which are to:
- Filter the blood
- Breakdown the chemical compounds for excretion
- Regulate metabolism by synthesizing and secreting bile, which aids in digestion of fat.
In particular, the liver
* Regulates fat storage
* Discharges waste
* Neutralizes and destroys poison
* Metabolizes alcohol
* Aids in digestion
* Controls production and secretion of cholesterol
You can see that if the liver isn't functioning, a whole host of health related issues will ensue; for example, elevated cholesterol levels, heart disease, diabetes, leaky gut, infertility, jaundice, fatty liver disease, cirrhosis and obesity. It is the primary organ for detoxification and taking out the trash is important! So what can you do to help your liver out?
Eat Your Beets!
Beets contain betaine which protects the bile ducts and liver from damage and clears toxins in the liver cells. Eat cooked, raw or juiced!
Dash of Tumeric
Tumeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and promotes bile flow. Add a dash of tumeric to dressings, smoothies, curries and soups!
No More Late Night Snackin'
11pm to 3am is the liver's regenerative cycle. If your body is working to digest food at this time, you will disrupt the detoxification process and your sleep.
B vitamins are crucial for liver detox of chemicals and bacterial toxins. Take a B-complex supplement on a daily basis. Get help with supplements here.
Choline, an essential micronutrient, critical to the metabolism of the liver. Choline also helps transport triglycerides (fat cells) from the liver. Get your choline from eggs and avocado (check out my healthy deviled egg recipe.
Watch Out for Bad Fats
Good fats are good. Really good. But bad fats , like fried food, likely has oxidized oils which means they are overly heated. Stick to clean fats like avocado, coconut oil and salmon.
Fun Fact! Did you know that you can remove 90% of the liver and it will grow back? The liver has amazing regenerative potential.
Sometheing to consider: After reading this you can see that the state of your liver can most definitely impact weight loss. If you have stubborn weight that you can't seem to get rid of and want to get to the root cause, let's discuss. Contact me anytime.