by David Grisaffi
with help from Ori Hofmekler
Radiologists and gastroenterologists claim that, after looking at many peoples livers, 50% of middle-aged Americans have a condition called “fatty liver”. The most common causes are poor diet, excessive use of alcohol, toxic chemicals, heavy metals, and hepatitis. Liver disease has many symptoms: nausea, vomiting, malaise, fatigue, yellowing of the skin and/or eyes, and a swollen abdomen. The list goes on and on. You can easily determine if your liver function is not right by having a blood test. Luckily, there are many methods of detoxifying your liver.
Before you jump into a liver detoxification process, you should know some of the key nutrients needed to insure its success. An adequate supply of the antioxidants vitamin C, selenium, beta carotene, vitamin E, and N-acetyl-cysteine(NAC) is very much needed. The amino acid SAM-E is an important component in lever health. This article will show the relation of these nutrients and different ways to detoxify your liver, as well as how each of those methods actually works in your body.
Milk thistle is a plant originally from Southern Europe and North Africa. It can also be found in Southern Russia and Asia Minor. Its use, as it pertains to liver detoxification, is derived from a flavonoid, called silymarin, found in the seeds. Herbalists, including a group of scientists known as Commission E, recognize that silymarin protects the liver by altering and strengthening the outer cell membrane of hepatacytes(liver cells). It also stimulates the natural regenerative capabilities of the liver and helps in the formation of new heptacytes through the activation of the enzyme nucleolar polymerase A.
Oral chelation is used to detoxify the liver based on the belief that small amount of heavy metals are ingested by many people. These minute amounts accumulate over the years and begin to effect liver function. To stop there effect you need to eliminate these heavy metals. The best way to do this is through your stool. That is why you should have 2-3 bowel movements per day when detoxifying your liver in this manner. Most of the supplements in this program target the mercury in your body. Mercury, and other heavy metals, lead to the release of “free radicals” that can cause cancer, Some of the supplements pull the mercury from your body tissue, while others bind to the freed metal. All combine to get the metals into your stool so that your body can eliminate them.
The “Liver Flush” theory holds that there are dozens of gallstones that are choking the connection between the liver and the gallbladder( the biliary duct). Because of this the liver does not produce enough bile and what bile is formed is full of the bacteria and toxins the liver filters from your body. The “Liver Flush” reverses this by causing those gallstones to soften or break up so that they can be removed in your bowel. This is a complicated process, but all of the information that you will need is available on the internet for free.
Lastly, there is the coffee enema. The use of coffee is for liver detoxification, not colon cleansing. As funny as it may sound, it has been used in cancer therapy and alternative medicine for years. There is a duct in the sigmoid colon that connects it to the liver. It is referred to as the entero-hepatic circulation system. Toxins are transferred from the stool to the liver to be neutralized. The caffeine causes the bile ducts to empty into the sigmoid colon. This releases the toxins from the liver and allows them to be eliminated in the stool.
All of these methods of liver detoxification are safe to be used by people in good health, who are weak, and those who are ill. The basics ov liver detoxification revolve around eliminating the build up of toxins in the liver. Whether they do it by removing heavy metals or opening obstructions between the liver and the gallbladder, they all acknowledge the great importance of a healthy liver. A healthy is smaller than one filled with toxins, this causes a slimmer abdomen and better looking abs.
Eating At Night: Can You Lose Body Fat
Can you lose body fat even if you eat at night? That is an age old question. To make it more interesting; there are experts who say you can and still others that swear eating at night is the greatest weight loss sin you can commit. The truth lays somewhere in the grey area between. It is not a black and white topic, so why would there be a black and white answer. Here are a few facts, thoughts, and practical suggestions that may help you make up your own mind and guide you through your weight loss attempts.
Eating at night in, and of, itself will not make you fat. There are too many other things involved to make such a huge generalization. One of the biggest factors is caloric intake and the amount of energy used by your body each day. With that in mind, it is possible to eat a meal right before you go to bed and still lose body fat. It is what compromises that meal that matters. First, you have to be in a caloric deficit situation. Second, the meal must have an appropriate carbohydrate content. The common sense of eating the bulk of your calories and carb density while you are the most active is easy to see.
To figure out when your body is in a calorie deficit situation you only need to think about what time of day you work out. Your body will be calorie strapped in the period after you work out. You will want to consume a meal rich in protein and carbs afterwards, no matter what time of day it is. Post workout nutrition is important for recovery and muscle mass growth. Eating after a night time workout is unlikely to create fat because the caloric content is needed to fill you body’s depleted energy stores.
Is it possible to eat at night, be a fairly inactive person, and still lose body fat? There is the fifty dollar question. The magic answer is…drum roll please… watch what you eat! You have a craving about 9 p.m. You are bored. Why not eat something to occupy your hands and distract yourself. What do you grab? Chips, pretzels, candy, a big hunk of leftovers? What you really get are carbs, fats, and sugars that your body will store as a beautiful spare tire or some junk in your trunk. You can eat but you have to think. A little twist on the “exchange diet” will help. Pretzels are exchanged for carrots. Chips equal raw broccoli or cauliflower. These are foods that are filling, both in your hands and stomach, harder to digest, and healthy. Raw vegetables use more calories to digest than other foods while helping to nourish your body. If you are thirsty, drop the soda or fruit juice. No soda for obvious reasons, but avoid the fruit juice because the simple, natural sugars it contains will be turned into fat cells more easily, by your body. Try water with a teaspoon of lemon juice or another flavor of your choice.
All quality weight loss and fat reduction programs stress the importance of a healthy caloric intake. Where they differ is how and when to eat. A good, even, intake is best. Especially one that allows you to eat small, frequent meals. Moderation and nutrition are key elements in any program. It is possible to eat at night and lose body fat if you keep these two things in mind. Watch your calories and time the bulk of protein and carbs so that they are consumed shortly after a food workout. Eat smart. Combine these tips and you will be able to eat late and lose weight.