Fat and Fatty Livers
An important one for weight loss, though, as we’ll see.
So what is a “fatty liver”?
According to Wikipedia: Fatty liver, also known as fatty liver disease (FLD), is a reversible condition where large vacuoles of triglyceride fat accumulate in liver cells via the process of steatosis (i.e. abnormal retention of lipids within a cell).
So, what does that have to do with weight loss?
Well, it’s sort of like this:
Your liver has many functions, and one of them is to metabolize fat. If your liver is sluggish due to too many toxins, it can no longer metabolize your fat, and so it stores it. When the liver itself is “too full” it sends the fat cells elsewhere – concentrating them where you find the majority of your lymph nodes, like under your arms. your “jowls” and neck, and your waist, abdomen, hips.
Hmmm. Isn’t that were the hardest flab is to get rid of? I mean when you go on a diet, don’t you first lose weight in those “important” places like fingers and ankles?
Right – because when the liver stores fat cells somewhere else they get this cool protective layer that holds water and resists being used for fuel.
So the secret to losing “stubborn” weight is NOT to do more crunches and squats (though that helps with overall strength and wellness) but to heal your liver. When your liver is functioning optimally, you lose the weight automatically because the body can then access the fat stores for fuel. When it’s using those fat stores instead of glucose and muscle fibre, you find you have tons of energy.
When it can’t you’re sluggish, fuzzy headed, and you probably have bloodshot eyes – sound familiar?
So, how can we help that poor overworked organ to reach a stage of optimum functionality?
A great article from CBS MoneyWatch.com entitled Holistic healing for fatty liver disease suggests the following:
Avoid substances like:
- hydrogenated, trans and saturated fats,
- alcohol, artificial substances,
- caffeine, sugar and processed flours, which compromise the liver and blood sugar.
One should also add liver-friendly foods.
- Those high in bioflavonoids (such as beets and blueberries)
- Those which add antioxidant power, as well as antiinflammatory and tissue-regenerative actions.
- Lemon juice and apple cider vinegar help break down dietary fats and support liver function (add a dash to your water or greens regularly).
- Radishes, artichokes and bitter leafy greens such as endive, collards and kale enhance a liver-healthy diet.
- Fiber helps to bind fats, release sugars slowly into the bloodstream, improve digestion and encourage proper bowel function.
- Legumes are some of the highest-fiber foods–include them in soups, salads and dips.
- Whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables all bring fiber to the diet as well.
- For a healthy, blood sugar-stabilizing eating plan, remember not to skip meals. Also, always eat a good breakfast and have a light snack midafternoon.
Sounds like the standard healthy diet plan to me!
What’s amazing, is that by following a diet like this you can actually heal the fatty liver. It’s incredible how much abuse the body can take, and still find the power to heal itself. We need to do everything we can to make that happen, though!
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