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Liver Detox – How You Can Lose Weight

Date: 19 May, 2011

Fatty degeneration of the liver is not a condition that often makes the headlines. Yet it affects more than 50 per cent of people over the age of 50. The most common symptoms of this condition are difficulty in losing weight, a potbelly or ‘spare tyre’, cellulite and a high blood cholesterol reading (which can be detected through a simple blood test).

It’s vital to look after your liver – it’s the largest organ in your body and has many important functions. Everything that you eat, breathe or absorb through your skin must be refined and detoxified by your liver.

One of your liver’s main tasks is to regulate the metabolism of fat, and to remove excess fat from your body in the bile. Alcohol, chemicals in the home or workplace, medicinal drugs and excess waste products resulting from a poor diet (especially from processed foods) can all damage your liver. They cause excessive fat to build up within your liver, which impairs its ability to function. This means that your liver is no longer able to handle fats properly, allowing fat to start accumulating around your waistline or being deposited under your skin as cellulite.

When your liver is damaged in this way, it is also unable to regulate your cholesterol levels properly. It fails to manufacture enough ‘good’ HDL cholesterol, which allows ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol to build up in your arteries – increasing your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

To help your liver repair itself and start working properly again, simply follow the 2-week liver cleansing diet outlined below, alongside specific nutrients and herbs that help cleanse this vital organ.

Liver detox: Make sure you’re eating the right kind of fats to reverse a fatty liver

Try and limit the amount of dairy produce you consume, especially full-cream milk and cheese (remember this is just a short-term measure… these foods can be introduced back into your diet again after the 2-week liver detox). Also avoid starchy foods like potatoes, bread and rice.

Keep your intake of alcohol, salt and saturated fats low and avoid processed foods, sugar, and caffeine. Try and steer clear of drugs (however, you shouldn’t stop taking any prescription medicines without talking to your doctor first).

Instead, eat plenty of fish, meat, poultry, eggs, green vegetables, fruit, beans, nuts and seeds. Essential fatty acids are particularly
beneficial so eat more avocados and have cold-pressed oils, such as olive oil, sunflower oil and linseed oil.

Fibre is vital in helping to eliminate fats and toxins from your body in your bile – otherwise these are simply re-absorbed. And remember to drink at least two litres (eight glasses) of water a day to help flush harmful toxins from your body.

Liver detox: SAMe helps undo some of the damage that’s already been done

As well as making dietary changes, taking certain nutritional supplements during the 2-week detox can also help your liver.

There are certain natural compounds, found in foods or manufactured by your body, that are strongly ‘lipotropic’ – meaning they remove fat from your liver and allow it to function normally again.

One such substance is a derivative of the amino acid methionine, called s-adenosyl methionine (or SAMe). It is normally produced in your liver, from methionine, folic acid and vitamin B12. However, it stops being produced in sufficient quantities if your liver is clogged up with fat.

SAMe protects your liver from the effects of harmful chemicals, which must pass through your liver to be detoxified. It also promotes the flow of bile, which is essential for the digestion of fats and for the absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.

Taking supplements of SAMe has been found to help restore normal liver function, even in people with more serious liver diseases such as hepatitis (Curr. Ther. Res., 1979; 25:25-32). Take 400mg of SAMe a day.

Phosphatidyl choline and inositol can remove fatty deposits from your liver
Phosphatidyl choline (PC) is essential for the healthy functioning of all the cells in your body, and is particularly beneficial for your liver (Nutr. Rev., 1994; 52(10): 327-9).

Like SAMe, PC also protects your liver from the damaging effects of toxins, alcohol and drugs. It is needed for the proper metabolism of fats and has the ability to remove fat from your liver (Crit. Rev. Biochem. Mol. Biol., 1995; 30(4): 263-273).
In fact, without PC, fats tend to become trapped in the liver, leading to fatty degeneration and the blocking of normal metabolic functions (J. Nutr. Biochem., 1990; 7(1): 332-348).

The best dietary sources of PC are eggs, liver and other organ meats, soya beans, nuts and wheatgerm. PC is also a constituent of lecithin, the name given to a group of lipotrophic compounds extracted from soya compounds. Take either one tablespoon of lecithin granules, 4,800mg of lecithin concentrate (e.g. 4 x 1,200mg capsules) or 2,500mg of pure phosphatidyl choline a day.

Inositol is another lipotrophic compound and a phospholipid that is found together with PC in lecithin. A lack of inositol has been shown to result in an accumulation of fat in the liver (Adv. Nutr. Res., 1982; 4: 107-141). Inositol occurs naturally in a wide variety of foods, such as beans, seeds, and green leafy vegetables. Take 250-500mg of inositol a day.

Liver detox: Milk thistle helps disarm toxic substances in your liver

Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is one of the most well researched and documented liver-protective herbs. It has been shown to help safeguard the cells of the liver from harmful toxins and to eliminate any toxins that are already present (Toxicol. Appl. Pharmacol., 1979; 51: 265-75).

Milk thistle seeds contain a bioflavonoid complex called silymarin, which is the active ingredient in the herb.

Silymarin has been found to regenerate injured liver cells and to alter the composition of bile in a way that prevents the formation of gallstones (J. Hepatol., 1991; 12: 290-5). To benefit, take a standardised milk thistle extract that provides you with around 420mg of silymarin a day as a treatment for liver problems, or half this dose as a preventive.

If you look after your liver properly, this not only helps you lose weight and shed those remaining few stubborn pounds you thought you’d never lose… but also does your overall health a big favour too. Maintaining a healthy liver is essential to help prevent more serious conditions, such as viral hepatitis (A, B and C), liver cirrhosis and liver cancer.

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  1. sherry Posted July 5, 2014

    I was diagnosed with fatty liver disease recently a good friend suggested liv 52 started taking it together and maintaining a healthy diet less fried foods no soda and lots of fruits and veges
    started to shed pounds and feel better already

  2. sherry Posted July 5, 2014

    Eat lots of fruits and veges

  3. sherry Posted July 5, 2014

    I was diagnosed with fatty liver disease recently a good friend suggested liv 52 started taking it together and maintaining a healthy diet kess fried foods no soda and lots started to shed pounds and feel better already

  4. Pam Posted February 4, 2014

    I took liver detox to cleanse my liver, as i drink alcohol almost on a daily basis, and i thought i would take it, so i bought a bottle of 60 tablets and only took one a day and lost 8 kg in 6 weeks.

  5. matt innes Posted March 19, 2012

    I’ve been drinking heavily for a number of year’s due to depression but after seeing my doctor i have now stopped completely but i was worried about the damage i’d done but this site has been very helpful not only for myself but also for my father, thannkyou.

  6. James I Posted December 19, 2010

    Very interesting article. Taking Milk Thistle, along with daily exercise and 6 small protein meals per day has helped me lose 45 kgs in only 25 weeks. I reccomend it!

  7. Joey Posted October 24, 2010

    This was extremely helpful…scarey too wow! I live in the Bahamas where I see droves of people striving to lose weight to no avail and all they may have to do is DETOX!

  8. John Posted October 22, 2010

    Having just had a bad result for a Liver Function Test too much alcohol over the years, I have now started to detox. I will add more when I get the retest results next month

  9. emma Posted July 14, 2010

    i have over the years abused my liver with lots of alcohol but now only drink at weekends, i am drinking lots of water and taking milk thistle, multivitamins, vitamin c, cod liver oil and drinking the occasional lemon and water drink. anymore advice you could give me will be appreciated. great

  10. emma Posted July 14, 2010

    I have over the years abused my liver with lots of alcohol but now only drink at weekends, I am drinking lots of water and taking milk thistle, multivitamins, vitamin c, cod liver oil and drinking the occasional lemon and water drink. Anymore advice you could give me will be appreciated.

  11. patricia Posted July 13, 2010

    Read your advice and found it to to be helpfull. I have been told that I have a fatty liver and am very determined to try and follow the detox advice. Where do I purchase the Milk Thistle and other nutrients to include in my Detox diet?
    Have already began to reduce carbohydrates, sugars, alcohol and unhealthy fats.

  12. Janet Posted May 14, 2010

    very informative

  13. Emma Carr Posted April 15, 2010

    I’ve done a liver detox and boy did it change a few things for me. My skin looks better, I have more energy, I sleep better and I have lost weight.

  14. rachel Posted February 3, 2010

    Interesting article. Recently have been diagnosed with “the liver shows marked fibrofatty infiltration but no focal abnormality is seen”. I want to try something herbal. Please advise. Is this reversible?

  15. mark Posted December 2, 2009

    My gamma gt levels were high but it’s not just the beer that would do that, processed foods do just as much damage. Milk Thistle and Lecithin help a lot.

  16. Paul Posted December 1, 2009

    I recentley had a medical that showed my Gamma GT levels had risen considerably in a couple of months. During those months I was working away from home and eating a lot of junk-convenience foods which would be very fatty. I do drink beer on a daily basis but along with the alcohol would the fast foods contribute to such a fast rate in the Gamma increase levels?

  17. mark Posted November 30, 2009

    At the moment I’m doing a liver detox which includes drinking celery carrot cucumber and beetroot once a day and seems to be working but not sure how many times a day to drink it.

  18. Lisa Posted August 5, 2009

    Hope this helps someone. I was given conflicting dietary and diagnostic advice while in the hospital recently. I have acute hepatitis. The things that have helped me the most are LIV-52, Milk Thistle, Flaxseed oil (mixed into applesauce) and Aloe Vera Gel (taken internally). It was hard to avoid carbs but I eat a lot of avocados, unsalted sunflower seeds, cream of wheat, cut up melon and eggs.

  19. sv Posted August 3, 2009

    I have a lot of pain in my feet. I can not walk or stand for long hours. From my research I figured my eating habits over the years have caused my liver to be weak.
    I am thinking of taking Milk thistle tablets and follow the detox program.
    Can you advice please?

  20. C Miguel Posted July 19, 2009

    I’ve been taking milk thisle for the past month and have reduced by carbs diet (sush as rice) to half, I feel fastastic and had lost 6 kg’s thus far. You mentioned to avoid starchy food but I love my bread and rice so, would that have any impact regardless, if I am taking the average daily dosage of milk thisles?

  21. Patterson Posted July 5, 2009

    Its an interesting article welldone! I was in search of good products and diets to detox the liver. Tried milk thistle and many diets as well. But Recently I came across with a product called LIV52 and tried it: Pretty good product! Now I am using Liv.52 very regularly.

  22. Vicki Posted May 6, 2009

    Great info, my liver got messed up after taking painkillers for a long time. A great detox is orange juice, grapefruit juice and lemon juice (not from concentrate though) with 2tbs of olive oil, I took it once a day for 2 wks and I feel much more energetic. Rids the liver of harmful toxins.

  23. Betty Simpson Posted May 4, 2009

    I do not eat a lot of fish or meat,is that okay. Also I take Lipitor, Zetia, allergy pill and muscle relaxer and nerve pill at night. Will this be okay to take while on this detox diet? My Dr. will probably say this detox won’t do any good, if I ask him.Will the herbs be okay with my meds? Thank you.

  24. Betty Simpson Posted May 4, 2009

    I don’t eat fish and not a lot of beef anymore. I take Lipitor , Zetia, zyrtec,Flexiril and zanex. Will that be okay to take on this detox. If I ask my Dr. about it, he will say this detox won’t do anything. Thank you

  25. Betty Simpson Posted May 4, 2009

    I do not eat fish, and not much beef any more. I take Lipitor and Zetia, Muscle relaxer, allergy med and zanex. Will it be okay with these herbs? If I ask my Dr., he will say herbs are just a waste of time. Any info. I would appreciate.

  26. Betty Simpson Posted May 4, 2009

    I do not eat fish, and not much beef any more. I take Lipitor and Zetia, Muscle relaxer, allergy medicine and zanex. Will it be okay with these herbs? If I ask my Dr., he will say herbs are just a waste of time. Any info. I would appreciate.

  27. Andy P Posted January 12, 2009

    Very good information, much better than my GP offered for my fatty liver. Gave me Simvstatins for cholestrol whish is just another toxin for my fatty liver to try & cope with.

    Many thanks, I will update you in a couple of months after another blood test. :)

  28. Catherine Smith Posted October 1, 2008

    I found this information really helpful because I was told that my liver is not functioning right and I have fat on my liver. Or something like that.

  29. chris Posted September 3, 2008

    I had couple of repeated liver function test (GMT) and the result showed a high liver enzyme that would show up as an alcohol user.I don’t drink may be one glass of wine in three tofour months.I have cut down over the years on fats in my diet.I am mainly vegetarian.The only thing I can think of eating regularly is cashew nuts.I have now cut down or practically cut off eating this nut.I think this nut is very fatty and as a result the liver has storeed this fat. I have since found out that the reading for this is the same as using alcohol. What is the quickest way of ridding the liver of this residue fat? I look forward to your response.

  30. lola papion Posted September 1, 2008

    what will help in riding my liver of hapatic cysts?

  31. lola papion Posted September 1, 2008

    What will help in riding my liver of hapatic cysts?

  32. anuradha Posted August 11, 2008

    Your briefing about liver degeneration has been useful. However, since I am a vegetarian, I would like to know more about specific foods I have to have in my daily diet. My appetite has considerably gone down over the past few months.

  33. tony carlos Posted July 20, 2008

    Very interesting

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