A Happy Liver Burns More Fat
The best way to kick your body into a fat burning furnace is to keep your liver happy.
It’s the organ that brakes down fat in your body, so it sets the pace for fat loss.
When it works efficiently, you get the rapid fat loss you want.
One of the greatest ways to optimise your fat loss is to trick your liver to turning onto high octane fat loss mode. You do that by following this simple rule: keep your liver clean of as many toxins as possible.
When you eat processed and fried foods, drink fermented drinks, feel stressed and are exposed to environmental pollutants you fill your liver with toxins. The good news is there are many foods that cleanse the liver by stimulating our natural ability to clean toxic waste from your body!
Here are the top 10 foods that keep your liver burning up your fat at the best speed possible so all your efforts give even more results:
1. Apples: are high in pectin, providing the body the nutrients it needs to cleanse and release toxins from your intestines. This makes it easier for your liver to handle the toxic load during the cleansing process.
2. Avocados: this nutrient-dense super-food helps the body produce glutathione, which is necessary for the liver to cleanse harmful toxins. Recent studies indicate improved liver health when avocados are eaten on a regular basis.
3. Beets: are extremely high in plant-flavonoids and beta-carotene, which helps stimulate and improve overall liver function.
4. Flaxseed and Olive Oil: are great for your liver because they provide healthy fats that absorb harmful toxins in the body. This takes some of the “toxic overload” burden away from the liver.
5. Garlic: just a small amount actually activates liver enzymes, which flushes out toxins. Garlic is also high in allicin and selenium, two natural compounds that aid in liver cleansing.
6. Grapefruit: is high in a variety of antioxidants, including vitamin C, which increases the natural cleansing processes of the liver. Even just a half a grapefruit will boost the production of liver enzymes that help flush out carcinogens and other harmful toxins.
7. Green Tea: is loaded with plant antioxidants known as catechins, which assists overall livers function.
8. Leafy Green Vegetables: salad rocket, spinach, mustard greens and chicory are among the most powerful allies in cleansing the liver. They are extremely high in plant chlorophylls, which literally mop up toxins in the body. With their powerful ability to neutralize chemicals and pesticides, they offer a great protective mechanism for the liver!
9. Natural starchy carbs: such as brown rice, yams, and squash are rich in B vitamins, which improve fat metabolism, liver function, and liver decongestion.
10. Turmeric: the liver’s favourite spice. Add some of this detoxifying
spice into your next soup, stew, or veggies and assist the enzymes that actively flush out known dietary carcinogens.
In addition to these 10 great foods, drink plenty of water (remember calculate ½ oz per pound of body weight) to help flush away unwanted toxins from your system.
Which Sweetener to Use?
Written by Tanya|July 10, 2011|23
Article courtesy of the Feingold Association of the United States
There’s so much we don’t know about sweeteners, but the Association does have the accumulated experience of many thousands of families. Combining experience with what we do know, here’s a suggested guideline for choosing sweeteners:
The following are healthy choices:
· Sugar – granulated, confectioner’s, or brown
· Cane sugar crystals
· Turbinado and various raw sugars
· Honey, Molasses, Pure maple syrup
· Rice syrup and similar syrups
· Stevia (an herbal no-calorie sweetener found in the supplements section of your supermarket or a health food store)
Acceptable, but don’t overdo
When a sugar name ends in “ol” that means it is an alcohol sugar. Too much has a laxative effect.
· Hydrogenated starches
· Corn syrup, corn sweeteners, dextrose
· High fructose corn syrup
· Acesulfame-k (Sunett, Sweet One)
· D-tagatose (Naturlose)
Do not use
· Aspartame(NutraSweet, Equal)
· Saccharin (Sweet ‘N Low),
· Sucralose (Splenda)
Learn to Read Labels
(Or Just Scan Them!)
I found this interesting article from the US while researching Liver Detox – I have checked the apps listed – some look very useful.
The more I learn about food and nutrition, the more I gravitate to natural foods and local growers. But to some extent, there’s no getting around the corporate grocery store. Recently, my husband checked the fine print of our favorite yogurt … the label claims it’s organic and natural, but a closer look revealed that it contained aspartame. Yep, and yuck! We tossed the entire batch and went on a new search for an aspartame-free yogurt. These days, it’s tough to know what products carry the synthetic sweetener. Aspartame is marketed as aspartame, NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, Naturtaste, E951, Canderel and Benevia and just 951 in New Zealand. And because the patent on aspartame has expired, it is now in all types of products using their own private names. For example, recently Ajinomoto, one of the producers of aspartame rebranded aspartame with the name AminoSweet. And sometimes, the powers that be simply put “contains phenylalanine.” Although the law doesn’t require the disclosure of aspartame, it does requires a PKU warning for phenylketonurics who cannot metabolize the phenylalanine in aspartame. If you see phenylalanine, that’s basically a synonym for aspartame. Honestly, your best defense is to know how to read your food label and avoid the use of processed or manufactured foods whenever possible. For help learning to read labels, check out How to Read Food Labels on Scientific Psychic. But even knowing what to look for and how to read labels, sometimes it seems an impossible task, so we decided to look for an app that does it for you …
We found three good ones:
Foods You Can: From influential food allergy site foodsyoucan.co.uk, we found a FREE iPhone application which was created to help allergy sufferers identify foods they can eat, where to buy them, and also provide recipes to make with the food. The best thing about this one? It’s free! This isn’t just good for finding aspartame in your foods, it helps people with gluten sensitivities and other allergies. Read more on PRWeb, visit the Foods You Can Web site or download Foods You Can free.
Label Reading Guide: Another free app, this one helps you better understand the ingredients in your cleaning products. It’s more of a reference, but very informative! Download the Label Reading Guide on iTunes FREE.
iScan My Food: This one is £2.99. Pro version is £6.99 It was developed for scanning food ingredients and contains information on harmful food additives, toxic ingredients in food and genetically modified foods. Download iScan on iTunes or learn more on the iScan Web site.