The decline in gut health in the United States is costing people their lives due its important roles as a first line of defense, second brain, and emotional center within our bodies. Afterall, Hippocrates was right when he said, “All disease begins in the gut.”
Unfortunately, the majority of Americans are suffering with some sort of gut-related issue and are not being treated appropriately. The current medical model has previously failed to recognize the impact gut health has on the entire body’s wellbeing.
This epidemic can be reversed, however, with functional medicine principles, comprehensive diagnostic testing, and individualized care.
Did you know?
The liver is responsible for helping metabolize fat.
Optimizing your liver health can help you lose weight and meet your weight loss goals. Here are 5 tips for liver health (and weight loss)!
1. Reduce/eliminate processed foods from your diet. Pick up any frozen pizza or box of mac & cheese and look at the ingredients. If there are things you can’t pronounce, they probably aren’t great for your liver (and the rest of your body). The liver is designed to help filter natural toxins; the more foreign substances and man-made toxins you ingest, the more difficult it is for your liver to do its job. Processed foods can significantly impact liver health in a negative way. Try sticking to the outside of the grocery store (fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats). Fresh foods are usually near the perimeter of the store, while processed foods tend to be within the middle aisles.
2. Minimize stress! Stress is a fact of our modern lifestyle, and isn’t likely to go away. When you’re under stress, it can wreak havoc in your body, especially the digestive system. Stress can lead to insomnia and can cause our bodies to “burn out”. Lack of sleep, on top of making you feel bad and crave foods you might not normally crave, actually changes the way your body works. It affects your hormones, metabolism, and appetite.
3. Try to cook at home. Even eating “healthy” foods in restaurants aren’t always as healthy as they claim to be. You don’t know what sauces or ingredients they put in the dish, whether the ingredients have been processed in any way, or if contain preservatives. (Which goes back to reducing and eliminating processed foods.) When you eat food you cook yourself, you know what’s in the food and you don’t have to worry about additives or subpar ingredients.
4. Monitor meat and dairy intake. Meat can actually be extremely taxing on the liver if you consume too much. The consumption of meat and dairy produce byproducts in the body that the liver has to process, so limiting the amount you consume can help our your liver! In addition, if the meat you are consuming has been given hormones or antibiotics, your liver has to process those too. There are plenty of non-dairy substitutes that you can use when cooking to help minimize your diary intake. You don’t have to stop eating meat and dairy, just be aware of the quantity you consume.
5. Do a liver cleanse! This can help flush toxins out of your body and give your liver a helping hand. Detoxing is important to keep your body healthy and can have many benefits from better looking skin to improved mood, and it can even support weight loss. Detoxing helps flush toxins from your liver and other organs, which can help them function more efficiently. Signs that you may need to detox can include fatigue, insomnia, brain fog, rashes, acne, digestive troubles, and blood sugar imbalances.
Want to know my favorite (and short!) 3-day liver cleanse that helps me kick start my metabolism? Feel free to message me or comment below!And don’t forget to register for my next Facebook Class on June 19th. https://kjensifyme.synduit.com/GUFFC0001
Also try our Go Clean and Lean 7 day plan for optimum results! Simply visit Go Clean and Lean for more info!
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