Monday, December 29, 2008

Our Liver, Our Health and Clean Eating

The holidays usually hit us hard in the waistline. I myself have had some uncomfortable pant-buttoning days. Between this party and that party, this food gift and that candy gift, our bodies are probably a bit worse for wear this time of year. The biggest culprit of this "holiday haze" is an overburdened liver.

Although the liver is capable of doing its job on its own, the diets we eat and the increasing levels of chemicals in our environment can push it to capacity. The liver has to work harder to detoxify the body, leaving it less able to carry out its many other jobs, resulting in what is called an overburdened liver and weight gain.

The liver has many other jobs including but not limited to:

*Creating proteins needed for blood cells and the immune system.

*Making cell membranes.

*Producing hormones.

*Facilitating the absorption of essential vitamins.

*Helping us metabolize the fats, protein and carbohydrates we eat.

*Filtering and breaking down unwanted compounds produced during metabolism.

*Detoxifying, by metabolizing and/or secreting, drugs, alcohol, and environmental toxins.

The detoxifying that the liver does has gone from a liver "bonus" to a liver hog. Modern American diets are full of processed, sugar-laden, chemical soaked foods. Because our liver is constantly working to filter these toxic chemicals and foods, it has little time to fight disease and metabolize the "good" compounds throughout our bodies.

This year we all need to focus more on the quality of food we put in our mouths. 

How would our bodies function if we all ate the proper nutrition? Well for starters, we would all be sick a lot less. An overburdened liver means a weak immune system. Secondly, we would all lose weight and maintain our ideal weight. An overburdened liver cannot process sugar, bad fats and other harmful substances properly so it stores them as fat until it has time to deal with them which a lot of times is never. Another benefit is healthier, softer skin. An overburdened liver cannot properly regenerate cell membranes.

In short, an overburdened liver can really put a damper on your weight loss goals. I always like to start off a new year with a liver "cleanse". This is not a radical diet or liquid drinking nightmare, it is the way we should all eat, all the time. There are a few tips to jump-start your liver health and I will share those with you this week.

For permanent results though, clean eating is the only way to go. Here are a few suggestions to make clean eating part of your new life.

*Eating foods in their natural state and avoiding those created in laboratories.

*Drink lots of water.

*Steer clear of sugar and high-fat foods.

*Eat six meals a day.

That's the short version. I will elaborate this week so you'll be ready to start your New Year Resolutions the "clean" way!!!


VeggieGirl said...

Hooray for eating clean!!

Piper said...

I am looking forward to my niacin detox. But for some reason, I didn't do much eating during this holiday season. There's the secret, throw the party so you're too stressed to eat:)

Lizzie M. said...

I'll pass that on to Randy!


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