The Liver: Your Most Important Fat Burning Organ

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According to many health care professionals, our liver is our most important organ. It’s responsible for over 500 different functions within our body. A healthy liver can define our longevity as well as the quality of our life (and maintaining a healthy weight).

We all know alcohol and smoking are hard on the liver, but you may be surprised to find out that sugar may be even harder on the liver!! Just one soda does more damage on our liver than one beer. Trans fats, such as hydrogenated oils also wreak havoc on our liver. They are made to give foods a longer shelf life, but are not made to be processed by our bodies filter, the liver.

Signs of a sluggish liver include:

Headaches, hormonal imbalances, fatigue, dark circles under the eyes, and nausea, particularly in the morning. If you have these symptoms or breakfast turns you off, do not be disheartened. The liver regenerates every 40 days, so there is much we can do to nourish this important organ.

Fat burning is not a priority for a liver under stress. So you must strengthen your liver to support your body’s fat burning capabilities.

How to nourish the liver using food as medicine

dandelion greens

Eat greens each day:

Dandelion greens in particular help flush the liver to keep it running efficiently. Just like our cars, our liver needs flushed regularly and that’s exactly what greens do. Add to juices, salads, stir fry’s, and smoothies. You can also drink dandelion root tea (like this one) if you’re unable to find fresh greens.

turmeric

Use Turmeric :

Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory food. Full of antioxidants to help regenerate a healthy liver.  It detoxify’s the liver and enhances function by thinning bile. Sprinkle over eggs, add to grain dishes, bone broth or make into teas.

To release all the beneficial properties, cook the spice for 10 minutes with some black pepper for best bioavailability.

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Try the Brazilian super food acai:

Available in unsweetened smoothie packs this tastes like a mix between chocolate and red wine and is very delicious. It is packed with powerful anti-oxidants.  Simply blend this as a breakfast bowl or smoothie. You can also use a powdered version like this. Get the acai bowl recipe here.

Liver still need a little love? Join the next #RNL cleanse or use this supplement seasonally.

Sources:

  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23303705
  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20214562
  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9619120

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Melissa Schollaert is a Holistic Health & Nutrition Counselor and founder of Real Nutritious Living. Helping others achieve their health goals to attain their healthiest, happiest life is her greatest ambition.

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Author: Melissa Schollaert

I'm Melissa—Holistic Health Coach & loving mama. My passion is to help others thrive through strategic eating (not dieting), living a toxic free life & creating healthier families.

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