Probably nothing you do to control your weight is as important as keeping your liver healthy. This means avoiding as many of the damaging elements as possible while embracing liver boosters. Among the lesser-known compromisers of liver function are caffeine, sugar, Trans fat, medications, and inadequate fiber.
Caffeine– when you drink a cup of coffee or can of cola, the caffeine is absorbed throughout your body. The liver must detoxify this caffeine without the aid of your kidneys. The kidneys attempt to excrete the caffeine molecules via the urinary tract, but they are reabsorbed into the bloodstream too fast. So the liver has to detoxify the caffeine alone. Research shows that women detoxify caffeine slower than men. If a woman is taking birth control, she will need about twice the average time to detoxify the caffeine she consumes. You may also be getting caffeine, from chocolate, cocoa, tea, some soft drinks, kola nut and guarana root supplements, Excedrin, Anacin, Vanquish, Midol, Cope, Premens, Vivarin, NoDoz, and many other medications.
Sugar– In the process of being metabolized, sugars rob your body of valuable nutrients; one of these is zinc, which is essential for liver function. Sugar also inhibits your liver production of enzymes needed in the detoxification process. Your liver must go into overdrive to convert the sugar into fats such as cholesterol and triglycerides. Once the liver has made this heroic effort, the fats may pile up in your liver and other organs or accumulate in the most typical fat storage areas of your body—thighs, buttocks, and abdomen! Your liver must also work overtime to detoxify the toxins produced by the fungal form of flourishing Candida (which thrives on sugar!), compromising the organ’s fat-burning ability.
Trans Fats– Tran’s fats are created when vegetable oils are hydrogenated. Tran’s fats impede your liver’s ability to burn fat! They retard the conjugation phase of detoxification, increase fatty deposits within the liver and thicken the bile, thus impeding bile flow through the bile ducts. Tran’s fats are widely used in commercial baked goods and other processed foods and in fast food restaurants.
Inadequate Fiber– Most Americans eat only 10 to 12 grams of fiber a day and experts believe that 20 to 35 grams are ideal for long-term health. Fiber’s healthful benefits are its role in moving toxins out of your body. Insoluble fibers, from flaxseed, for example, absorb water in your digestive tract. This speeds up transit time to move waste products out of your body. Without adequate fiber, up to 90 percent of cholesterol and bile acids will be reabsorbed and recirculated to the liver. This taxes your liver and reduces its fat-burning abilities.
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