I get this questions ALL the time…..how can I lose weight OR how can I break through a weight-loss plateau? There are MANY factors as to why one person loses weight on a certain diet and others don’t, but today I want to address just one, a toxic liver. Want a skinny waist? Skinny up your liver!
Toxins, including plastics, pesticides, phthalates, bisphenol A, flame retardants, metals like mercury, lead, arsenic, fluoride – and any one of the 80,000 chemicals introduced into our world since the industrial revolution – have been shown to interfere with metabolism and cause weight gain even in the absence of extra calories! These environmental toxins are called OBESOGENS.
is the first stop for these toxins when they enter the body. Your liver identifies whether its’ “friend or foe”. If it’s “foe” it then has to convert this fat soluble molecule into a water-soluble molecule so you can excrete it out of the body through urine, stool, lymph system or sweat. To do that your liver needs a tool kit! Here are some quick ideas to support your liver every day.
- Eat organic when you can and follow the Environmental Working Groups list of the “Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen”.This list helps identify the fruits and vegetables that are more or less likely to contain agricultural chemical residues. Download your Dirty Dozen list off the home page of my website www.thenomadicnutritionist.com and start eating those fruits and veggies Organic!
- Eat clean, organic animal products by choosing grass-fed or pasture-raised animals that haven’t been exposed to hormones or antibiotics. These responsibly raised products cost more, but the reduced exposure to these additives and toxins is well worth the cost. Consider eating vegetarian a couple nights a week to reduce the cost of animal protein based meals.
- Avoid fish with mercury such as tuna, swordfish, halibut etc. Go to www.ewg.org and you can download a list of seafood ‘best bets”!
- Drink clean water. Avoid drinking out of plastic bottles and instead filter your water at home and place in a glass water bottle. If possible use a carbon or reverse osmosis filter in your home. For a basic start buy a Zero water pitcher (ditch your Brita, test results were poor). Drink no less than eight 8oz. glasses a day.
- Limited alcohol intake. Alcohol puts a heavy burden on your liver. Enjoy a couple days a week with an alcohol treat and the rest?? Drink your pure water, fermented Kombucha and Stevia sweetened beverages.
- Add one serving (1 cup) of cruciferous vegetables daily to assist with detoxification. This includes foods like broccoli, kale, and bok choy, and lots of garlic, onions, ginger, and turmeric.
- Make sure you get 2-3 servings of colorful, antioxidant rich vegetables into your diet daily. Red peppers, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, peaches, winter squash, oranges etc. anything with “colored flesh” has loads of antioxidants.
- Sweat! This is the bodies natural way of eliminating toxins through the skin. Exercise or a hot sauna will do the trick!
- Clean up your home environment. Switch to non-toxic cleaners, natural detergents, ditch air fresheners and start using “clean” beauty products.
- Supplement support – Glutathione is your “master” antioxidant in the liver. Your body can make it but for a little extra support supplement with NAC (n-acetyl-cysteine), alpha lipoic acid and milk thistle.
Does this list overwhelm you? Start with ONE THING and stick with it until it’s a habit!
When your liver is burdened and cannot eliminate the incoming toxins it sends them back out into the blood stream and they are stored in FAT CELLS! So guess what happens when you want to lose weight? Your body is SO smart and it says “no way I’m releasing fat because with the fat comes toxins and my liver cannot deal with it!” Give your liver some love and watch your “skinny waist” re-appear 🙂
I’m cheering you on…
P.S. Need some help getting started? Join my “30 Day Clean Eating Challenge” and let me coach and guide you to skinny up that liver AND your waist!
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