'Love Your Liver' Featured in our September Newsletter.
Our livers are incredible organs that are constantly working towards our greater health.
Asides from assisting in digestion and metabolism - the liver’s primary function - it also detoxifies our bodies, eliminates old hormones, maintains blood sugar levels, stores necessary nutrients, and produces vital substances for the body. That is a whole lot of work!
Our liver not only plays a massive role in how we feel day-to-day, but it also has the power to increase weight loss and to help us manage a healthy weight.
Let me explain…
The liver is constantly working at removing harmful substances from the body. These substances include; environmental pesticides from food and cosmetics, old and unwanted hormones, alcohol, chemicals from processed foods, too much medication, and excess body fat (!). The more difficult job our liver has, the longer these substances hang around, including excess weight.
In Need Of A Liver Cleanse?
After years of throwing harmful substances at our livers, its pathways become overworked. Unfortunately this can cause liver cells to die, and although our livers are good at producing new cells, if this goes on for long enough, its cell development will dissipate. Where there once were healthy busy liver cells, little fat globules will take their place. The liver becomes sluggish, congested, and less effective, which in turn leads to weight gain. In extreme cases, this turns into full-blown fatty liver disease.
How do we know if our liver needs support? Here are some signs to consider. If you present with one or two of these, it does not necessarily mean you have an unhealthy liver; these are just some symptoms to be aware of. See a professional if you are concerned.
- A roll of fat on the outside of your body under the bra line
- Easily angered
- Suffer from premenstrual syndrome
- Skin breakouts and rashes
- Overheating easily
- Waking up in the middle of the night
- Bloating easily
- Desire to consume alcohol and sugar daily
- Fatigue and dark circles under the eyes
- Poor cholesterol levels
- If you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome and other digestive issues
Nutrition plays a huge role in liver health. Research shows that a diet consisting of refined and processed carbohydrates, sugar, fructose, trans-fats, hydrogenated fats, alcohol, and caffeine, can overwork the liver.
For women in particular, consuming these foods frequently may lead to weight gain and cause hormonal imbalance. This is because the liver will prioritise the detoxification of these harmful materials (i.e. wine, potato chips, milk chocolate), before it removes old oestrogen from the body. Old oestrogen is then recycled back in to the body (which can cause oestrogen dominance), and because oestrogen is extremely good at storing fat, it can increase the amount of fat we accumulate. I can’t stress enough how important it is for us women to make healthful choices.
Enjoying these foods every once in a while will not exacerbate the liver, it is what we do every day that effects our bodies the most.
The Loved Liver.
A healthy liver can be the key to hormonal balance, increased metabolism, sufficient energy, and weight loss. The good news is that we have the ability to support our livers to function well! Fill your plate with bright vegetables and lots of them, delight in good fats like avocados, eggs, almond butter, cold-pressed olive oil, seeds, and treat yourself to a beautiful slice of meat if you’re that way inclined. If you love a sweet treat every now and again, enjoy a cacao smoothie, my chocolate caramel cream tart, or a bowl of sliced fruit. There are so many delicious foods to nourish your livers with. Check out my recipe page for some ideas.
If you’re used to a diet that doesn’t support optimal liver function, then I suggest you just make one small change every week towards better liver health. Contact me if you would like any advice – I would love to hear from you!
There is one thing I do want to touch on: you are worth making good decisions for. I don't say that to create feelings of guilt around eating foods that don't support the liver. If we decide to eat a piece of cake for instance, we should own our decision and move on. Nothing fruitful comes from dwelling in regret. What I am saying is that the quality of your health impacts the quality of your life, and you are worth a quality life.
Feed, nourish, value yourself.