Your liver is a workhouse that can even regenerate its own damaged cells. However, it is not invincible. When it lacks essential nutrients or when it is overwhelmed by toxins, it no longer performs as it should. Hormone imbalances may develop.
Fat may accumulate in the liver and then just under the skin or in other organs. Toxins build up and get into your bloodstream.
Among the signs of “toxic liver’ are:
When your liver is sluggish, every organ in your body is affected, and your weight loss efforts are blocked. Blood vessels enlarge, and blood flow becomes restricted. A toxic liver is unable to break down the adrenal hormone aldosterone, which accumulates to retain sodium (and water) and suppresses potassium.
This can raise your blood pressure. The liver fails to detoxify the components of estrogen (estrone and estradiol) for excretion, so symptoms of estrogen dominance arise. Unable to carry out its activities to control glucose, a toxic liver can lead to hypoglycemia, which can produce sugar cravings, weight gain, and candid overgrowth.
A toxic liver is unable to process toxins, enabling them to escape into your blood stream and set an immune response. With repeated assaults from escaped toxins, your immune system becomes overworked. Fluid accumulated and you may develop one of more autoimmune diseases such as arthritis or lupus. A liver overloaded with pollutants and toxins cannot efficiently burn body fat, and thus will sabotage your weight loss efforts.
Common liver stressors are: caffeine, sugar, trans fats, medications and inadequate fibre.
Common Liver Detoxifiers: lemons, eggs, sugar-free cranberry, flaxseed oil, kale, cruciferous vegetables and garlic high in sulforaphane, dandelion root, turmeric, milk thistle and ginger.
(Excerpt: Louise Anne Gittleman - Fat Flush Plan)
Barbara is a qualified nutritionist offering Health, Nutrition & Lifestyle Counseling. She gives Healthy weight loss advice and promotes the Mediterranean diet. She is the author of the Med Life Diet - creating healthy lifestyle habits and attitudes for life !