The truth is, is that many people often overlook the BIG PICTURE. In order to achieve your optimal weight, your body and organs must be functioning well, especially the liver, without the impact of inflammation and toxic load that so many of us have. So, one of the first things you need to do when having trouble losing weight is to address the health of this vital organ.
The liver is the body’s second largest organ after our skin. It sits just behind your right rib cage. Its primary role is detoxification. While detoxification is a process that goes on inside us, all day every day, toxicity can influence how efficiently the liver is able to do its job.
A well-functioning liver works as our body's fat-burning organ, and converts nutrients from the food we eat into essential blood components, storing vitamins and minerals, and producing proteins and enzymes to maintain hormone balances in our bodies. Our livers also help our immune system fight infections, remove bacteria from the blood and make bile, which is essential for digesting our meals.
Did you know that the liver filters approximately 2 quarts of your blood every minute?
Signs of a toxic liver
How do you know if you have a toxic liver? According to health experts, if you suffer from any of the following on a regular basis, your liver may have a toxic burden:
- Mood swings
- Hormonal imbalance
- Skin problems (such as acne, moles, skin tags)
- Digestive issues
- Bloating after a meal
- Inability to lose weight
- Hot flashes
- Cysts on Ovaries
- Menopausal problems (such as heavy, clotty, or irregular periods)
Top 10 suggestions for supporting your liver and reducing its workload:
- Eliminate the toxic load of what you ingest through food and drink. Try to eat organic when possible. Keep alcohol consumption moderate.
- Reduce toxins in your home by choosing natural beauty products and cleaning products when possible.
- Consume warm water and lemon every morning upon rising.
- Stay hydrated by drinking half your body weight in ounces of water daily.
- Practice food combining during your meals.
- Support a healthy colon by making sure you're getting enough fiber. Fiber is vital for removing toxic wastes from the colon.
- Eat foods that naturally cleanse the liver (apples, lemons, limes, and bitter greens are excellent).
- Have a green juice or green smoothie every day. Liquefied nutrients make them easier to digest and assimilate.
- Close the kitchen three hours before bedtime. Sleep is when the liver begins to clean the body of wastes.
- Do skin brushing every day to help support the body’s natural detoxification pathways.
Try this liver supporting recipe from my Spring Detox program:
Lemon Roasted Brussels Sprouts
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 lemon, juiced
Salt and pepper
2-3 cloves minced garlic (optional)
Preheat oven to 450°. Cut off the bottom ends of the Brussels sprouts and discard, cut remaining parts in half and place in a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper and mix. Add garlic (optional).
Place Brussels sprouts on a baking sheet and roast for 30 minutes making sure to toss them at 15 minutes. During the last five minutes, top the sprouts with lemon juice. Finally remove sprouts from the oven, place in a bowl and top with lemon zest.
Add a large salad and a healthy protein, and (drum roll please).....You have a delicious detox meal!
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