You hear about detox diets every day, juice diets, pills, all sorts but do you actually know what you are detoxing and why? Do you know what you need to do in order to get the best results from a detox and also are the supplements or drinks you taking actually doing you more harm than good? They are of high quality, non-synthetic and do they actually work.
Here I will explain WHY the LIVER detox or should I say cleanse is so important, then WHAT is the process the liver goes through to detoxify our toxins and WHAT THE toxins are plus HOW do we go about doing this. It is only when you are educated you can understand the importance of it and then really feel committed to achieving those results.
SO here we go WHY is the liver so important?
Our liver is an amazing organ that needs looking after just like our heart and lungs. They are all connected and if the liver does not work efficiently it will affect the heart, lungs, brain, and every organ in our body.
The liver has a over 500 functions here are some of the key functions
'Aiding Digestion and Production of Bile'
Bile is needed when we consume food, it helps breakdowns the fats and removes the cholesterol. Once the food is broken down it is taken into the small intestine where nutrients are absorbed and transported back to the liver. The liver then filters the blood, neutralising poisons and processing the nutrients
If the liver is not working properly or overwhelmed by the amount of toxins, the toxins will not be broken down and they will stay in the body. The immune system may treat them as an invader and this can lead to many health problems, food allergies and sensitivities. A good example of this is when we over indulge we tend to feel pretty rubbish for a few days and sometimes get a cold or something worse because because our liver is working so hard at those toxins and it just cant deal with them all.
If the liver is not functioning our hormones will be all over the place and us women tend to be very hormonal and unfortunately have the menopause to deal with. Hormone imbalances can cause fertility issues, acne, PMS, anemia, fatigue, obesity the list goes on.
'Balancing Blood Sugar'
When your blood sugar levels are high insulin is released to trigger the liver to store the excess as glycogen. With low sugar levels the liver releases the glycogen to be turned into glucose for energy. If this does not happen the side effects are gain gain, sugar cravings, fatigue and worse case diabetes.
The liver will break down food and convert it into energy (glucose) when we need it.
It stores many essential vitamins and minerals and releases them as we need them. They inc iron, copper, vit A, B12, D, E & K.
We constantly put our bodies under strain and take many toxins from the food we eat, drink, hormones, stress, the air we breathe and the natural toxins our bodies make internally. Our current diet as a nation is of convenience with mass produced food, accelerated farming of vegetables and fruit covered in pesticides, animals injected with hormones to accelerate growth and they live in stressful conditions. If the animals are infected with hormones, have high levels of stress hormones in their body and vegetables covered in pesticides where does it go when we eat them? Straight inside us and to our poor liver.
Not only that the pollution in the air is at an all time high and we live incredibly stressful lives, this has resolved in us being extremely toxic without even realizing.
It is about time our government took note and make changes. They are happening slowly and very slowly with the introduction of organic food but it is all about money and the government need to keep the farm and food industries happy in order to make money all because it is costing us our health and in the end our lives .
The liver is our detoxification system and its job is to detoxify the toxins and expel them from the body, however if we continuously take toxins and cause toxic hormone reactions in our bodies the liver never gets a break and becomes overwhelmed by it all.
So therefore it has to store the toxins and where does it store it? in our fat cells to be deal with later. If the liver never gets a break those toxins stored will never get a look in so will remain as fat. The more toxic we are the more fat we will carry this can also include fat that is stored around the lungs, heart and vitals organs (viscous fat). You will never see a healthy body carrying fat. If you carry fat you need a detox, even if you are a skinny fat / soft person.
When the liver gets a break it can then start to work at these stored toxins. The lymphatic system, the kidneys and the blood transports the fats cells back to the liver for detoxification. Therefore making it easier for your body to burn fat and lose those inches.
GLUCOSE & FAT STORAGE
Looking a little deeper into glucose and fat storage now. Glucose is stored mainly in the muscles and the liver as glycogen. The body can only hold around 400g of glycogen in the body so if we consume too much glucose (carbs, fruits, sugars etc) it is stored as fat.
As mentioned when blood sugar levels are high so is insulin and those same fat cells not only store the excess glucose but also the fat you ate at your last meal so ever growing bigger.
The glycogen in your fat cells are the last ones to be obtained at the body for energy. Insulin tells your body to store fat and not release it as energy and those people who do not do a lot of exercise they will become insulin sensitive. Inactive people do not expel a lot of energy so they tend to have a good storage of glycogen in their muscles and liver as the body is not use to burning energy and so can not restock energy from dietary nutrients. So insulin takes the carbs & fats straight through the liver and straight in to fat cells. (more about insulin in a future article)
Programs OF A POORLY LIVER
When you have a poor functioning liver you do not tend to get any pain but you can have an array of symptoms.
The skin is also a detoxifying organ so when the liver does not work your skin will try to get rid of the toxins, therefore acne eczema and premature aging may occur.
The liver makes the bile we need to digest fat, if bile is not there the fats are not being made water soluble to pass pass through the large intestine for elimination. Therefore stools will be greasy and foul smelling from the undigested fat (nice, lol). Bile also helps muscle contractions along the digestive tract if this does not function well it can result in constipation. Fats are vital for our body and we need to be able to absorb them in the correct way.
There are immune cells in the liver to help clean up foreign particles but if the liver is not working these foreign particles flow back into the blood stream and the immune system attacks it. So from this you are more likely to have infections, cold, allergies and even thyroid problems. (the thyroid is the main manager of metabolism)
Good cholesterol HDL's is produced in the liver. Bile helps take away the bad cholesterol so with no bile the bad cholesterol accumulates so your risk of a heart attack and / or stroke will increase.
The proteins in the blood help to maintain our fluid balance and these proteins are made in the liver. Symptoms of puffiness, swollen wrists and ankles can be signs that your liver is not functioning properly.
Lactic acid is produced internally, it is released when our cells can not produce energy efficiently due to lack of vitamin B stored in the liver. Excess lactic acid causes sore muscles, headaches, anxiety, chest pains and high blood pressure.
From all of these you can see how these can in the long-term effect our heart, brain, lungs, other organs and can even cause cancer and other diseases.