January 19, 2023

The Ultimate Liver Detox

A Guide For Natural Weight Loss

Hi Everyone! Detox is a general buzzword at this time of the year: promoting health, boosting our systems for defense against disease, and kickstarting weight loss programs, for instance.

I often hear these questions about detoxing: Which detox should you do? Which detox is best? Should you do one at all?

This article will help you with enough information to make your own decision about which detox to do.

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Which Detox Is Best?

Is It Necessary to Detox?

Is Fasting Good for You?

What Happens to Our Body When We Fast?

Are Extreme Detoxes Good for Weight Loss?

What Are the Benefits of a Liver Detox?

How Does Detoxification Work?

What Are Signs of Stress in the Liver?

How Do We Regulate Our Hormones?

What Happens When You Cut Down on Toxins?

Which Is the Best Liver Detox Program?

Further Liver Detox Recommendations

Which Detox Is Best?

My first piece of advice, though, is to follow a safe detox devised by a reputable and qualified Naturopathic Nutritionist, Doctor, or another healthcare professional.

There will always be advertisements about magical potions that ‘detox your body overnight’ or ‘miracle detox drugs’ offered online. Despite many being far-fetched and impossible, these could be dangerous.

You must be careful with detoxing and get good advice and support throughout the cleansing process. This will ensure safe and beneficial success.

Is It Necessary to Detox?

There is so much alternating information about detoxification – and why would it be necessary? Isn’t the body meant to do a fine job of detoxification all by itself?

Detoxification happens continuously and through many biochemical processes to keep our bodies safe.

Unfortunately, many lifestyles, dietary choices, and environmental toxins hinder its process.

Also, your body will often thank you for a reset after holidays or vacations!

Oftentimes, a safe and supported detox is a necessity.

Eating the proper nutrients in the right way for your body, promoting a healthy microbiome*, and having a wholesome lifestyle is paramount to the success of your body functioning as beautifully as it should.

If we don’t look after ourselves most of the time, our bodies will stop looking after us as efficiently.

Is Fasting Good for You?

You may be pondering if fasting (some call it extreme detoxing) as a quick fix would be good for you.

Many people purport to do these regularly if they want to drop weight quickly because they feel that a regular, wholesome lifestyle is an unattainable endeavor.

The truth is fasting can have a detrimental effect on some people’s health. What could work wonders for one person could adversely affect someone else?

That advice extends to juice fasts since you need fiber. You need vegetables, proteins, and fats – the right ones and the right amount.

You also need plenty of water!

The liver does a function that is called lipolysis, which burns fat. It needs water to do so. That is why people who don’t drink enough water don’t lose weight.

Fasting and extreme detoxing can change your metabolism and cause weight gain in the long term. There could be other adverse effects on your body, too.

What Happens to Our Body When We Fast?

Two simultaneous things happen in our body when we fast:

We produce Cortisol. Cortisol is the hormone released in ‘fight or flight mode.’ Excess Cortisol has harmful effects on our minds and body.

Elevated levels of Cortisol lead to weight gain in the abdomen and face. It lowers our metabolisms and immune systems.

It increases inflammation and blood pressure and causes anxiety. The list goes on about the adverse effects.

We also produce HGH (Human Growth Hormone), which has many benefits because it builds and repairs muscles. HGH also boosts metabolism, slows aging, repairs skin, and burns fat.

So, positive and negative reactions happen when your body is fasting. It depends on your unique body, though.

Results differ in different people that fast. You could have a pronounced HGH element, which is what you aim for, but biologically, you won’t have control over this. The weight-gain element (excess Cortisol) could be more accentuated.

Fasting is generally more beneficial for men than women.

My take on this is that ancestrally, men would go hunting and be exposed to longer fasting periods than women, who would look after the children with a small food supply.

Women also have a lot more going on hormonally than men and playing with our hormones (which is what fasting does) can be more disruptive to our systems.

Indeed, hormones can be significantly affected, particularly for people with conditions such as PCOS, thyroid issues, diabetes, and endometriosis.

Are Extreme Detoxes Good for Weight Loss?

The answer to that is no!

Extreme detoxes cause so much harm and disruption in the body and cause weight gain in the long run, as mentioned above.

Often, extreme regimes can accompany and cause extreme behaviors, which is unhealthy.

After starving themselves, many people can end up bingeing on inflammatory foods afterward and then want to purge again.

A perpetual cycle of unhealthy regimes can also occur alongside a mode of feeling extreme guilt. 

You are upsetting your gut flora balance and subsequent moods and can cause more harm than good.

With extreme detoxes and diets, you end up being worse off than before you started – mentally and physically.

As mentioned above, there are chances of contracting certain chronic inflammatory conditions by treating the body so harshly.

There are links at the end of this article to a podcast I did, expressing my thoughts about extreme diets and quick fixes.

I always advise focusing on being gentle with yourself, tuning into your body and easing yourself through detox, and eating…chewing… mindfully masticating specific foods.

Yes – a safe, healthy liver cleansing detox includes real foods!

I urge you to treat your body well and not cause adverse health conditions by taking a ‘moderation’ approach.

By optimizing your health, life can be enjoyed even more in the longer term.

Oftentimes, ‘quick fixes that last’ come when using the right approach to weight loss.

Knowing how your body works and treating it with the love and respect it deserves by eating good food at the right time and taking the right movement will help you. Plus, good quality sleep.

There are many healthy ways to assist weight loss; extreme detoxes and diets are not the way to go.

What Are the Benefits of a Liver Detox?

So many people see incredible results when following the Eat Burn Sleep lifestyle program because it aims to detoxify the liver.

The liver is a crucial immunological organ that is responsible for over 500 functions, and among those it:

  • Cleanses the blood from microbes
  • Performs detoxification by metabolizing drugs, toxins, and alcohol
  • Performs bile production and secretion
  • Is responsible for metabolizing old red blood cells
  • Performs hormone homeostasis (balancing out hormones)
  • Metabolizes glucose, fat, and protein
  • Supports heat production and so much more

As a result, it is crucial to have good liver function for overall health. The detoxification pathways must be well supported for the liver to function well.

How Does Detoxification Work?

Detoxification is the process of turning fat-soluble toxins into water-soluble compounds to be eliminated by urine (kidneys) or bile (this is carried out by hepatocytes, which are liver cells). There are 3 phases to detoxification: phases I, II, and III.

Phase I, II, and III of detoxification:

Before Phase, I, or during Phase Zero, toxins enter our cells (generally our liver cells), or toxins can also exit a storage cell in our body (generally an adipocyte or fat cell). Indeed, our adipose tissues store toxins.

Phase I: Once toxins have entered our system (phase 0), Phase I is triggered. Our body needs to “deal with” those toxins, thanks to enzymes belonging to the P450 cytochrome family during Phase I. These enzymes carry out a few functions, such as oxidation, reduction, hydrolysis, hydration, and dehalogenation, to prepare the toxins for Phase II.

Phase II: Once the toxins are converted into water-soluble metabolites, the liver conjugates them during Phase II to take them out of our body.

Phase III: This Phase is about the excretion and transportation of toxins. The toxins can be taken to the kidney for further filtration before benefiting via urine. Toxins are also excreted via sweat and stools. Hydration is vital for Phase III to be performed adequately.

Dietary choices like alcohol, unhealthy food, caffeine, additives, and the wrong fats can impair the whole process.

The environment also inhibits the process: toxins, pollution, cigarette smoke, and lack of exercise – or the wrong type of exercise.

What Are Signs of Stress in the Liver?

  • Digestive issues
  • Dark urine
  • Body aches and pains
  • Headaches
  • Skin rashes and itches
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Intolerance to smells
  • Mood swings

 

Liver stress could also manifest in other areas like lack of sleep, weight fluctuations, vision issues, bad breath, low libido, allergies, and dizziness.

Emotional stress will impact your hormones and overload the liver. If you want your Cortisol, estrogen, and testosterone levels to rebalance, you must first have a healthy liver function.

How Do We Regulate Our Hormones?

When gut and liver health are supported, our hormones start working beautifully as they rebalance.

It is another reason why the Eat Burn Sleep program is so successful.

With a happy gut and liver and low inflammation in the body, we reap the benefits:

  • Clarity of mind
  • Happier mood
  • Improved mental health
  • Better body composition
  • Clear and youthful skin
  • Healthier hair
  • Higher energy levels
  • Decreased levels of chronic inflammation overall.

 

What Happens When You Cut Down on Toxins?

When you start eating better foods mindfully and cutting down on inflammatory foods and the wrong type of carbohydrates, your body can be shocked.

There are ways to nurture yourself through this stage, as those who follow my program will know. Depending on your toxic overload, it happens around the third day of the Six Week Reset in the Eat Burn Sleep program.

This is known as the healing crisis.

Your body goes into this healing crisis state before you feel better. It is because of the addictive nature of some inflammatory foods.

They hit your brain like opiates; withdrawal symptoms can transpire in headaches, brain fog, and general fatigue.

Your gut bacteria, which will have grown the wrong kind of bacteria, will scream at you to have some sugar or other inflammatory food.

The wonderful thing is that this is just part of the healing process of a liver detoxification program and won’t last for too long.

Which Is the Best Liver Detox Program?

The best liver detox program will have you feeling amazing when you have nurtured yourself through it.

Perseverance and being gentle and kind to yourself are essential as you go through the liver detox program.

Do other things during detox that make you feel treated that won’t tax your system – like a beautiful bath with salts, a sauna, or massage – or taking an afternoon nap, if possible!

You need to concentrate on easing yourself through each detox day as gently as possible and choose a program time when it isn’t too taxing in your diary.

My Six Week Reset program includes all ways to safely ease yourself through the process and lists science-backed activities to support your liver detoxification for long-term results.

Once you get through this and the cravings go down, you start sailing into a lovely detox space, and liver detoxification happens.

It’s a glorious feeling when you are through to the other side and are reminded that you are stronger with higher energy levels.

Further Liver Detox Recommendations

At the stage when supplements are introduced, they have to be of the highest quality. I would like everyone to proceed cautiously because they are hard to find.

There’s a talk on supplements that I made in the Videos section about what I have learned about supplements and the companies that produce them. I want you to proceed cautiously because these companies do not have to follow good practice standards.

Please make sure that you take supplements produced by reputable companies.

I am so glad to have found excellent, trusted supplement companies that make products that suit my anti-inflammatory lifestyle and ethos, as seen here on my Yalda Loves page.

My gentle anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle program begins with a Six Week Reset and then supports and guides you through the year.

I also recommend 2-4 seven-day liver detoxes a year. Use the seasons as markers to enter the next season feeling strong and refreshed from the inside out.

Incorporating an additional seasonal detox on top of a damage-limitation lifestyle gives your liver a powerful and enriching cleanse that positively impacts your overall health.

You can detox for 14 or 21 days if your toxic load is high.

It is a fantastic way of giving your system a boost. If you follow the EBS lifestyle program, you already support your digestive health and keep inflammation down.

It is good to remember that the liver is the organ that most influences how we feel. Tuning into how you feel will help you understand your body more.

So, should you do a detox? Absolutely!

Make it a liver detox recommended by a health professional – and not just once a year.

Side effects: Feelings of increased happiness!

*More microbiome information is on the platform.

Listen to my thoughts on moderation and why it is important to go easy on yourself when embarking on a health journey:

Spotify: Mindset Tips for Long-Term Health

Apple: Mindset Tips for Long-Term Health 

Don’t forget to try the delicious Liver Detox Omelet and Artichoke with Vinaigrette too!

Have a fantastic day!

Yalda Alaoui

Author

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