When the liver is unhappy there are some significant changes that take place in our bodies. For starters, it becomes too easy to gain weight and more difficullt to lose it. The liver is intimately involved in how we digest fats, balance blood sugar, and detoxify the dangerous end products of metabolism. If the liver is ‘unhappy”, a person usually gains weight around the abdomen and will start to experience a crash in energy at varying points of the day. It’s common to feel bloated, distended and heavy, especially after a meal.
Why is it important to cleanse the liver? Just like your car requires filter changes and tune-ups, your liver requires some good loving and ‘tune-ups’ as well.
Based on the foods we eat today and the chemicals we encounter, our livers are working extremely hard. Of course the liver is built to withstand toxins and this is how we stay alive. However, there is a tipping point that does alter how effectively the liver functions. If you have the symptoms listed below you likely have an ‘unhappy liver.”
Symptoms of ‘Unhappy Liver’:
- Abdominal weight gain – ‘Belly Fat’
- Bloating, distention, heavy feeling after eating
- Chronic fatigue
- Energy crashes during the day or afternoon
- Blood sugar imbalances
- High cholesterol or triglycerides
- Taking cholesterol medication
- Constipation or loose stools
- Itchy skin or breaking out
- Weakened immune system
Why does the current health care system ignore the liver?
In the current health care system, the liver is not considered to be sick until it’s obvious. Examples would include fatty liver or NAFLD (Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease). In NAFLD, the liver cells become saturated with fat. NAFLD is associated with pre-diabetes, diabetes, and heart disease. Thirty percent (30%) of Americans have NAFLD and most of them have no idea. The majority of people with NAFLD do not show elevated liver enzymes upon blood work. When the liver enzymes are elevated in the absence of hepatitis or cirrhosis, the test results are largely ignored or deemed insignificant. Without proof of full-blown liver disease, fatty liver is left untreated. There are no drugs to treat fatty liver. However, and improved diet can go a long way and be very effective. Losing weight, controlling blood sugar swings, and eating more greens can start to heal the liver.
Eating fresh greens, spinach, kale, or juicing wheat grass are all great ways to keep your liver fresh and clean. The typical diet, even diets of health conscious people, are full of protein, fat and enough processed foods to cause abdominal weight gain and fatigue. Dr. Matt Lewis developed the ONE Weight Loss and Nutrition program to support the liver and encourage weight loss. Our Summer Detox program is an introduction to weight loss and a ‘happy liver.’