The liver is a very important organ located on right side of the abdomen. A healthy liver is imperative to long-term health and maintaining a healthy body weight. It is the principal organ responsible for fat-burning and therefore needs to be cleansed, or flushed, from time to time for it to function properly. When the liver is saturated with unhealthy diet choices and has been clogged with fats, pollutants and toxins, then the body becomes prone to weight gain because the liver now spends more time trying to get rid of the pollutants and toxins rather than functioning as it normally should. When your liver is overloaded with toxins, chemicals and the byproducts of excess food, it does not function properly. Everything we consume — food, beverages, drugs and alcohol — is processed by the liver before continuing through the other body’s systems. While watching what you eat can help maintain proper liver function, periodically performing a liver flush can produce a more efficient metabolism and, as a result, you will lose weight.
It is important to flush the liver for many reasons which includes the aiding of food digestion by acting as a filter for all food and liquids consumed, according to the Center for Disease Control’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. The liver assists in breaking down fats, retains vitamins and minerals, converts excess glucose to glycogen for storage and cleanses the blood of harmful substances, such as alcohol. According to Mamashealth.com, the liver produces about 80 percent of the cholesterol found in the body.
For the fact that the liver is typically the first organ to filter everything you consume and drink, it can become overwhelmed with fats and toxins. Even overeating can decrease liver function, because the liver stores excess food as fat. And the result of a clogged liver is weight gain. This is evident in thicker waistlines or an increase of fat around the abdomen. Flushing, or cleansing the liver, increases its ability to properly metabolize foods and liquids consumed as well as to store appropriate amounts of vitamins and minerals.
According to both Gittleman and King, one benefit of flushing the liver is weight loss, because a healthy liver’s metabolic functioning is better when the liver is cleansed. A liver flush rids your body of toxins via urination and bowel movements. Plus the food you eat is burned more effectively and your body becomes leaner.
Certain foods and liquids act to detoxify and clean the liver. By detoxifying the liver, you will drop unwanted pounds as waste passes through your digestive system. Eat foods that are high in antioxidants. Antioxidants protect and repair past damage to the liver and include foods such as beets, broccoli, onions, eggs, garlic, tomatoes, lemons, oranges, pawpaw, cranberries and watermelon. Eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables will flush the liver and promote better liver function overall. Additionally, drinking eight cups of water daily helps your system flush toxins from the liver and reduces water retention, which can result in pounds lost from water weight. Finally, limit your intake of alcohol and nonessential medicines or drugs. Because everything you consume must first pass through the liver, certain medications are not easily metabolized by the liver.
Note: Always consult your doctor before adopting any change in your diet or routine. This will help you to further understand the importance of diet and liver function and the correlation of a healthy liver to weight loss.