Liver Health and Extra Weight

May 14, 2009 by  
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While decreasing the caloric intake can lead to weight loss, in some cases this doesn’t work.

If you are seriously overweight, tried many diets and couldn’t lose weight, the answer might be the liver dysfunction. Some symptoms of liver dysfunction are sluggish metabolism, accumulation of fat around the upper abdomen, liver pain, digestive problems, depression, cravings for sugar, allergies and food sensitivity, recurrent infections, excessive sweating and hormonal imbalances.

Some of the causes of liver dysfunction are reactions to drugs and toxins, incorrect diet or alcohol abuse.

Liver purifies the blood. If it can’t perform this vital function, it will affect the entire body. Liver also plays an important role in fat metabolism. If it functions properly it burns the fat and creates the energy needed for the body.

Proper liver functioning also helps take the extra fat out of the body. If the liver doesn’t function properly, fat is stored in the body. In this case the healthy liver tissue is replaced by fat so liver becomes “fatty”. If this condition is present, it is practically impossible to lose weight without addressing it.

Taking appetite suppressants or other weight loss aids won’t help in this case: a complete change of diet is needed. You also need to follow a detoxification program. One day fasting with hot lemon water performed once a week over a period of time can help cleanse the liver.

You will also need to take multivitamin, multimineral supplements and herbs that support the liver function. Some liver tonics are milk thistle, dandelion, green tea, vitamin B complex, vitamins C and E. This will restore the normal functioning of the liver. Only after that you’ll be able to lose weight by following a weight loss program.

If you keep the liver in a good shape you’ll be able to easily lose weight and maintain it.

Some Causes of Weight Gain

May 10, 2009 by  
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There are many health conditions that can contribute to weight gain.

In order to lose weight you need to eliminate the underlying cause. While it is important to visit a medical practitioner and follow the recommendations, the simple change in diet and detoxification can provide invaluable support in curing the underlying conditions and helping you to lose weight.

Let’s consider some of the weight gain causes:

1. Hypothyroidism.

Some signs of hypothyroidism:
Extreme fatigue, thinning of hair, constipation, weight gain.

Foods to consume in case of hypothyroidism:

– Seaweed (kelp, spirulina, wakame, etc). It is rich in iodine that supports the thyroid function;

– Organic meat, chicken, turkey, low-fat organic yogurt and milk, almonds, avocados, bananas, lentils. They contain an amino-acid tyrosine that promotes the thyroid function;

– Garlic, onion, seafood, fish, Brazil nuts. They contain selenium necessary for the thyroid functioning;

– Other foods – olive oil, avocado, carrots, sunflower seeds, bananas.

Avoid: sugar, cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower; soy products; any animal products that are not organic, stimulants (coffee, alcohol, etc). Non-organic products increase the body’s estrogen that inhibits the thyroid functioning.

Gluten might also be a cause. Decrease the consumption of wheat as well as rye, barley, spelt, kamut and corn products. Try this for a week and see how you feel.

2. Estrogen dominance

Some signs of estrogen dominance:

Fat in the belly area that is hard to lose; water retention, different allergies, frequent sinus infections, mood swings, fatigue.

Foods to consume in case of estrogen dominance:

Consume only organic foods to avoid the estrogen containing herbicides and pesticides to enter your body; consume foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acid such as fish, flaxseed; onion, garlic, citrus fruits, bee products.

Avoid: Soy products, non-organic meat and milk, animal fat, Omega-6 rich oils (canola, corn, soy, etc)

If you have any health conditions that contributed to your weight gain, the simple calorie count will not help. Make sure you treat the underlying condition to help you lose weight and maintain it.



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Heavy Metal Intoxication and Body Weight

May 6, 2009 by  
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If you want to attain you ideal weight and improve your health in the process you need to start with detoxification. Everything in our bodies is interrelated so you really can’t change something without changing something else.

Let’s consider one example of such interrelationship: heavy metal intoxication and weight problems. How are they related?

Some studies show the connection between certain chemical substances accumulated in the body and underactive thyroid function leading to weight gain; some other chemical substances accumulated in the body contribute to weight loss.

For example, lead toxicity can result in weight loss while mercury toxicity can result in hypothyroidism and hence the weight gain. Heavy metals also interact with each other, for example the presence of lead can make the detrimental effects of mercury much stronger.

Heavy metal toxicity also results in different digestive tract disturbances such as bloating, constipation or diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and others. Heavy metals accumulated in the body can cause the liver damage and since the fat regulation is among the important functions of the liver, it will be impaired too.

Don’t think that heavy metal exposure is a problem for people who directly work with them; all of us are widely exposed to heavy metals in our daily lives. Cosmetics, deodorants, dental amalgams, newsprint, paint, birth control pills, aluminum foil, antiseptics, body powders, cheese, toothpaste, milk products, nasal sprays – all of them are sources of heavy metals. As you can see nobody is immune to them.

The heavy metal intoxication needs to be addressed before you can solve your weight-related problems.
You need to fine-tune your health if you want to attain and maintain your ideal weight.



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What to Do Before Going on a Diet

May 2, 2009 by  
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You consulted weight loss charts, calculated the BMI index, determined the ideal weight for your body frame. You know how much weight you need to lose. What to do next?

Before starting a weight loss diet visit a medical doctor for some tests. These tests will help determine if there are any underlying causes for your weight gain.

Below are few tests you should consider:

1) Blood tests. There are different blood tests – make sure to do the one that determines food intolerances. Food allergies (intolerances) result in different symptoms. Some of them are weight gain, headaches, chronic fatigue, constipation, depression.

2) Glucose tolerance test. Among other things this can help determine the insulin resistance that is one of the factors of weight gain.

3) Liver function tests. Liver plays a vital role in the fat metabolism process. Impaired liver function can lead to weight gain.

4) Thyroid test. Thyroid regulates the body’s metabolism. Consequently, the underactive thyroid leads to weight gain. It will also render inefficient your weight loss activities if you don’t take steps to cure this condition. This test is especially important if you tried unsuccessfully to lose weight in the past; if your energy levels are low.

5) Check up your adrenal glands functioning. Adrenal insufficiency can contribute to weight gain.

In general consider a check up of the entire endocrine system since hormones produced by different glands affect each other and the functioning of the body in various ways.

If you have any health problems that cause your weight gain or make the weight loss process inefficient consider a detoxification program in addition to your doctor’s prescriptions. This will help eliminate the cause of the weight gain and make it easier to lose weight.


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