That’s quite a bold headline and it should probably come with a bracketed subtitle “without damaging your health” because there are many diets out there promising fast weight loss through very dubious means.
But the hands down quickest, healthiest and most effective way to lose excess weight is to cleanse your liver. Why? Your liver is a multi-tasking organ but its main jobs are detoxification and fat burning. If your liver is overwhelmed – which is very common these days – its ability to do its job (or not) will seriously impact on your health and your waistline.
The most common symptoms of a toxic liver are;
- feeling edgy and easily stressed
- elevated cholesterol levels
- weight gain
- difficulty sleeping
- brain fog
- blood sugar imbalances
So what can we do to cleanse and support our liver to allow it to do its job properly?
Maintain the right balance
Remember those experiments you did at school when you dipped some litmus paper in a solution to see if it was acid or alkaline? Maintaining the right acid-alkaline balance in our bodies is incredibly important. Our blood pH has to stay in the range of 7.35 – 7.45 otherwise we become seriously ill. Our bodies can and do compensate to keep our pH levels right but eating an excessively high acid-forming diet is not good for you and puts a huge strain on your liver.
Take a look at this table and you can see how a diet high in grains, sugar, fizzy drinks, caffeine and alcohol puts a huge strain on the liver.
Heal your gut
Although your liver does most of the detoxing in your body, your gut is actually your first line of defence against toxins. The bacteria in your gut will help to neutralise unwanted microorganisms while the digestive enzymes break down the food so the nutrients can be absorbed.
If you suffer from digestive problems avoid allergenic foods, the most common being milk, wheat, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, shellfish and fish. Drink plenty of water and eat a diet rich in fibre and if you’re already doing all of that then take a good quality pro-biotic to boost your gut’s healthy bacteria.
So if you want to lose weight start by looking after your liver. Try my 14 Day Detox where we cut out alcohol, caffeine, wheat, dairy, sugar and all processed foods for two weeks – you’ll be amazed at how fantastic you feel afterwards.