A healthy liver; an important key to a healthy weight (+ tips)

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Like it or not, we live in a world full of toxic substances. No matter how “clean” you try to live, you cannot avoid them. Do you occasionally buy new clothes? Do you ever smell perfume somewhere or do you occasionally walk around Ikea or another furniture store? Do you breathe even when you shop in a city? Probably. All causes of toxic substances in your body. They are unavoidable. That’s why it’s so important to nurture the main organ that ensures proper drainage of those chemicals; your liver.

Are toxic substances partly the cause of obesity?

The number of chemicals in our environment is increasing every year: it is estimated that we are close to 100,000. The latest report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention  on exposure to environmental chemicals found that each person examined had a cocktail of chemicals in their blood. Even the blood from the umbilical cord of newborn babies  was found to contain between 154 and 231 chemicals.

There is also more and more research that indicates that toxic substances in our environment are partly the cause of insulin resistance and therefore diabetes and obesity. Toxic substances can throw your blood sugar and hormones completely out of balance. All this should be front page news, but unfortunately: nobody is writing about it. If you want to know more about the relationship between toxic substances and diabetes , read this article.

The message: avoid toxic substances where you can make your own choices: food, care, cosmetics and household products. And just as important: take very good care of your liver! How do you do that?

A healthy liver: important key to vitality and health

After your skin, your liver is the largest organ in your body and for good reason. In addition to some 399 other functions, its main task is to ensure that toxic substances are discharged. These are not always toxic substances from our environment: they can also be used hormones or other waste products from various normal processes in your body. Otherwise we probably wouldn’t even have developed a liver in the course of evolution!

A healthy liver contains billions of healthy liver cells that all do what they’re supposed to do: detoxify and thereby help ensure that you maintain a healthy weight. Like all cells in your body, they die at some point and are replaced by new liver cells. This is a normal process, nothing to worry about.

a healthy liver; also an important key to a healthy weight

If you don’t take good care of your liver, old liver cells may not be replaced by new liver cells, but by a tiny globule of fat: a globule that cannot detoxify like a liver cell and therefore cannot help you maintain a healthy weight.

If your liver no longer manages to properly remove toxins, your body will store them in a place where they can do the least damage: your fat cells. This is the second reason why a malfunctioning liver can cause obesity: not being able to properly dispose of toxic substances can be the cause of persistent obesity. Losing weight is not a simple matter of eating less and exercising more. As I often say, it’s much more complex than that.

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Fatty liver; literally a fatty liver

When about 5 to 10 percent of the liver cells are replaced by fat globules, we speak of fatty liver; literally a fatty liver. In the past, this only occurred in people who consumed alcohol excessively. Nowadays even young children are walking around with fatty liver. You can recognize them by their considerable overweight and often “bloated” face.

An important cause of this is the consumption of processed food, sweets, starch and all kinds of soft drinks. Fructose, which is used in all kinds of products, is especially a major culprit. In America, there are already 12-year-old children waiting for a liver transplant as a result. How sad is that?

 

A fatty liver is not easy to recognize

In adults, a fatty liver is not easy to recognize. It can lead to an endless series of complaints that can all have a different cause. But do you eat a lot of processed foods (to which sugar is added in 80% of the cases), sweets, starch and/or fast carbohydrates? Then you have to be careful.

Do you need coffee to start your day, sweets to help you through the afternoon slump and alcohol to help you relax in the evening? Then assume that your liver is not happy with you.

Fortunately, a fatty liver is something you can reverse, like so many complaints and ailments. The healing power of our body is so gigantic!

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What makes your liver happy?

Simple: the way out is the same as the way back. In order to get your liver healthy and thus allow the detoxification process to run smoothly again, it is important to eliminate the causative agents as much as possible. So avoid alcohol, soft drinks, sweets (especially fructose, look for HCFS on a label), fast carbohydrates and all processed foods as much as possible.

What else makes your liver happy?

  • Start the day with a large glass of lukewarm water with a dash of lemon juice or grapefruit juice
  • Breakfast with something that is not sweet, preferably something savory with proteins such as seeds, nuts, kernels, eggs or wild salmon. A mix of red fruit with, for example, coconut cream is also fine.
  • Eat a wide variety of fresh produce in all colors of the rainbow, especially vegetables. Garlic and onions are recommended.
  • Eat plenty of green leafy vegetables; partly raw. For example, process them in a green smoothie
  • Eat vegetables from the cruciferous family such as cabbages, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, radishes and watercress: very healthy!
  • Broccoli sprouts in particular are great for your liver.
  • Add healthy fats to your daily menu. Healthy fats are not the problem with a fatty liver. Read here what healthy fats are.
  • Healthy herbs for your liver include turmeric and ginger
  • Make tea from milk thistle, dandelion or boldo or mix them together. Green tea is also fine.

Focus on everything healthy for you!

I know, it’s not easy to change your diet. But be honest and look at your level of vitality and health. Would you like a little more of that and are you not always kind to your liver? From now on, make a decision to take better care of yourself and focus on everything that is healthy for you and that is really a lotNeed inspiration for delicious and healthy recipes? Take a look around my webshop, click here. If you are interested in a detox cure under professional guidance, read my experiences with this here.

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