Best Foods for Cleansing Your Liver and Eliminating Belly Fat

Cleansing your liver can have countless health benefits. Stubborn belly fat is mostly a by-product of liver toxicity. This explains why it’s so hard to get rid of through exercise and caloric restriction. By cleansing your liver, you enable your body to start getting rid of it. You don’t have to consume a ton of processed foods to have toxins in your liver. Even small amounts of alcohol, processed food and even the polluted air you breathe can cause fatty deposits to form in the liver and belly fat to be stored in order to protect your body from the toxins.

Best Foods and Spices for Detoxing Your Liver

Turmeric

Turmeric is used as a hangover remedy in some countries, because it detoxifies your liver. Unfortunately, sprinkling some curry on your chicken isn’t really sufficient to produce any noticeable results. Consuming half a teaspoon a day, combined with some black pepper (it boosts the absorption of curcumin, the active chemical in turmeric) will start to clear toxins from your liver. You can add turmeric to rice or simply drink it in some water.

Avocados

Avocados contain glutathione, which is the detoxifying chemical your liver uses to flush toxins. The high monounsaturated fat content also helps to eliminate fatty deposits in the liver. Monounsaturated fats are turned into glycerides and travel into the liver through the hepatic vein. Once there, they bind to toxic fatty build-ups and flush them out.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are high in lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant. Once ingested, it travels through your bloodstream and provides antioxidants for your body. One study even found out that sun damage is reduced greatly after consumption of tomato paste – that’s because lycopene reaches the skin as well, absorbing harmful sun radiation. In the liver, lycopene acts the same way as other antioxidants – it neutralizes free radicals, which cause DNA damage.

Cucumber Juice

Drinking a glass or two of cucumber juice each day is a nice way to detox your liver. Not only does it taste good (try it if you don’t believe me), but it is loaded with vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. It is a great replacement for water during the summer months and cleanses your whole body.

Green Tea

The benefits of green tea are countless. The EGCG it contains also promotes the elimination of dead hepatic cells, which often contain a lot of toxins. The liver naturally eliminates those cell deposits on its own, but the problem arises when it cannot keep up with the toxins you ingest. Green tea speeds up that clearance, which quickly detoxifies your liver.

Simple Detox Recipe Gets Rid of Belly Fat by Detoxing the Liver

Simply drinking a glass of juice every day will improve your health, but it will not magically eliminate fat, unless you are using a special smoothie recipe made specifically for rapid detox and fat loss, like the red smoothie detox recipe(link to video). Remember that belly fat is not used by your body for energy, which makes it almost impossible to ‘burn off’. Detoxing your body is the only proven and effective way to get rid of it, after which excessive body fat is often eliminated by your body as well.

You often hear of people losing a lot of weight (50+ pounds) after going on a juice fast. Although I don’t necessarily recommend this, as it is a bit too extreme, it just goes to show that detoxing your body really does eliminate stubborn fat. The amount of fat those people lost cannot be explained by any caloric equation and is therefore NOT a result of simply eating less calories.

‘Clogged up’ liver is a major reason why many people are having trouble losing weight. Your liver is the main storage organ for glucose and if it is clogged up with toxins, your energy metabolism simply doesn’t work right. Living in todays age, we consume countless unnatural substances and toxins even with our drinking water. Our body doesn’t know what to do with them, so it puts them in our fat cells. Fat-soluble toxins cannot be eliminated by the kidneys, which is why they are stored in the fat cells of your body. This explains why some people have a lot of trouble losing weight, regardless of how little they eat – the toxic overload makes it impossible for your body to readily burn body fat for energy, without releasing all the stored toxins first.

Eliminating Processed Food

Eliminating processed food will allow your body to get rid of the toxins more quickly. Simply look at food labels. Eat foods that contain basic ingredients. Avoid foods that contain any ingredient a 4-year old cannot recognize. Eating a plant-based diet helps a lot, but you don’t necessarily have to avoid meat. I still think it’s a great source of protein and eat it almost every day. However, avoid fried meat, as it is very high in nitrosamines, which lead to direct liver toxicity.

If you are not sticking to a special program for cleansing your body and instead trying to eliminate processed food and consume more healthy food without any plan, you can expect some hurdles, such as food cravings. Mild physical symptoms of sugar withdraw can also occur and headaches are common. Don’t let those small hurdles prevent you from sticking to your cleanse. The end result will be well worth it!

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Posted by Angelina on March 25th 2014

Detox Your Liver to Lose Visceral (Belly) Fat – Why it Works and How to Do It

Visceral fat is a bit different than the fat under your skin. It is not necessarily used by your body for energy and is therefore very difficult to get rid of through exercise and caloric restriction. All food that is absorbed through your stomach goes directly through your liver through the hepatic vein. Unfortunately, a lot of the food we consume today contains a lot of toxins in the form of preservatives, unnatural proteins (gluten), antitoxins and unhealthy fats. A lot of nutrition experts agree that this is the primary cause of the so-called ‘belly fat’ that your body stores in between your internal organs. This type of fat is the most dangerous, not only for your looks, but also for your health. The best way to get rid of it is not through exercise, but by cleansing your liver.

Foods that cleanse your liver

Try to include some of those foods in your diet on a daily basis. In general, foods that cleanse your liver are foods that are high in antioxidants and flavanoids. This is part of the reason why many people lose a lot of weight by drinking green shakes – they pack a powerful antioxidant punch. Here is a quick list of antioxidant-rich foods, drinks and spices:

  • Green tea
  • Garlic
  • Turmeric
  • Walnuts
  • Greens

Green tea contains EGCG, a powerful antioxidant that reverses liver damage and scavenges free radicals. Spices like turmeric do the same and nuts like walnut contain ample amounts of fat-soluble antioxidants, which are particularly helpful for cleansing your liver. Greens like spinach contain vitamin c and chlorophyll, in addition to dozens of other well-known antioxidant compounds.

Foods to avoid

Avoid foods that contain too much polyunsaturated oils (vegetable oil). Mono-unsaturated fat, which is the fat in olive oil is fine. Processed foods and drinks that contain fructose are the two biggest liver-killers and should be avoided at all costs. Many people look at nutrition labels and when they realize the food is low in calories they feel free to consume as much of it as they want. However, the liver-clogging action of those foods will make you store visceral fat, regardless of the amount of calories you consume.

Using The Detoxing Red Smoothie to Kick-Start the Belly Fat Burning Process


If you’re looking to quickly detox your liver and lose belly fat, check out the four-ingredient red smoothie recipe here. Belly fat is closely related to fatty liver – the fat-soluble toxins that the liver processes require a strong antioxidant molecule to be converted to water-soluble ones, so that they can then be excreted by the kidneys. Without that antioxidant molecule, the toxins get stuck to a fat layer, covering each cell. This layer of fat interferes with hormone signaling, and no matter how little calories you eat, the “signal” to start burning off the fat doesn’t get through. The red smoothie solves this problem by rapid detoxification of the liver. Once the layer of fat is then eliminated, cell signaling works correctly and fat automatically starts to get eliminated.

As we already said, belly fat is often very stubborn and can be almost impossible to get rid of through exercise. It is extremely important to get rid of it, as it is the primary cause of many diseases, including heart disease and diabetes. In fact, many studies find no link with subcutaneous fat and health issues, which may mean that only visceral (belly) fat is bad for your health. Even small amounts of it can disrupt the function of your internal organs and prevent your liver from properly metabolizing glucose. Following a detox diet is an easy and effective way to enable your body to get rid of all belly fat.

 

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Once Again Confirmed – Diet is What’s Going to Make You Burn Calories, Not Exercise

Take a look at this article by Vox, published in the beginning of 2019 – it explains the simple (but often forgotten) science behind how much more diet matters than exercise, when it comes to burning calories. Here’s also a much more in-depth piece (by the same author), based on more than 60 published scientific studies.

The conclusion is clear – physical exercise accounts for a relatively insignificant amount of the calories you burn daily. Or, as I’ve been saying for years – it would take you up to an hour of brisk walking to burn off the energy in a serving of ice-cream.

Here are the most important points from the article:

  • You cannot outrun a bad diet
  • after a certain amount of exercise, you don’t keep burning calories at the same rate: Total energy expenditure may eventually plateau
  • Exercise is excellent for health, but it’s not important for weight loss. The two things should never be given equal weight in the obesity debate
  • “Pretend you didn’t exercise at all,” – “You will most likely compensate anyway, so think of exercising just for health improvement but not for weight loss.”

Keep in mind – this only applies to the caloric model of weight-loss and doesn’t take hormones into account

Of course, there is much more to health and weight loss than calories. The caloric model clearly doesn’t explain why some people(particularly the young ones) can stay thin even when eating in a caloric excess. There are many other factors, like leptin sensitivity, insulin secretion, diurnal variation of cortisol, water weight storage due to ADH reductions and many, many more. If you like to read more on those topics, take a look at my other articles, concerning those topics.

Artificial Sweeteners – Are They Hindering Your Fat Loss Progress, By How Much and How?

Using drinks containing artificial sweeteners seem like a practical way to satisfy your cravings for sweets, without the calories. However, there has been some controversy as to how those chemical affect your endocrine system. Even as far back as 1987, it was clear that Acesulfame K dramatically increases insulin secretion – as much as plain glucose!

The basic mechanism behind this detrimental effect? The sweet taste of the sweeteners makes your body react as if you are ingesting glucose. So, it prepares for the coming wave of high blood sugar, by secreting insulin. Insulin of course, is the main anabolic hormone, responsible for storing fat, although that seems to be the case mainly with high-fat meals.

A more thorough study done in 2010, concluded that consuming deserts, sweetened with artificial sweeteners are actually an effective way to reduce calories – when people were instructed to eat as much food as they wanted, the group that ate the artificially sweetened deserts, clearly consumed less total calories.

“The key finding was that participants did not compensate by eating more at either their lunch or dinner meal when they consumed lower calorie preloads containing stevia or aspartame compared to when they consumed higher calorie preloads containing sugar. ”

When comparing the three main sweeteners – stevia and aspartame, stevia was clearly the healthier option – participants in the stevia group had lower insulin levels 20 minutes after the test meal, compared to both the sugar AND the aspartame-containing meal.

Long-term effects of artificial sweeteners – this is where it can get potentially bad

So, when looking at short-tem effects, artificial sweeteners increase insulin secretion(which is bad), but seem to satisfy your sweet tooth and extinguish cravings for sweets, at least partially. However, when we look deeper, things of course get more and more complex.

A 2014 study on aspartame, sucralose and saccharin found something quite interesting – if you consume artificial sweeteners often, your body ‘learns’ that it doesn’t have to boost your metabolism after you eat. Which is bad and can potentially lead to very bad effects when it comes to fat metabolism. In particular, thermo-genesis was reduced – a clear sign, that you are burning less calories. Here’s the conclusion of the study:

” Recent data from humans and rodent models have provided little support for ASB(artificially sweetened beverages ) in promoting weight loss or preventing negative health outcomes such as T2D(type 2 diabetes), metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular events. Instead, a number of studies suggest people who regularly consume ASB are at increased risk compared with those that do not consume ASB; with the magnitude of the increased risks similar to those associated with SSB(sugar-sweetened beverages )”

In conclusion:

Consuming artificial sweeteners instead of sugar will reduce your caloric consumption, without making you hungrier. The bad metabolic effects of artificial sweeteners are not completely clear, especially when compared to those of plain sugar.

Consuming less than the following amounts of sweetners is highly unlikely to cause you any health issues whatsoever:

Aspartame (ADI = 50 mg/kg/day or 21 cans of diet soda for a 160 pound person)

Sucralose (ADI = 5 mg/kg/day or 31 splenda packets)

Acesulfame Potassium (ADI = 15 mg/kg/day or 30 cans of diet soda)

Saccharin (ADI = 5 mg/kg/day or 10 sweetener packets)

Stevia (ADI = 4 mg/kg/day or 40 stevia packets)