Love Your Liver and It Will Love You Back (part 3)

It may seem as if I am camping out on the liver, and I guess I am. It really is that important! If your liver isn’t working properly, you aren’t absorbing all your nutrition, you are unnecessarily storing fat, and no amount of exercise will help you shed those last few pounds. When your liver is overloaded with toxins, you will find yourself stuck. If you don’t eat a healthy, predominantly plant based diet you might eventually be diagnosed with fatty liver disease, or worse.

Many refer to the liver as “Grand Central Station”. It truly is the most hard working organ of your body. It has over 300 known functions that it performs. Two of the main ones are to filter out toxins, and to prepare the nutrients traveling through the digestive system for use by the rest of the body.  Everyday our liver is bombarded not just with toxins, but with foods that are hard for it to process. More and more people are being diagnosed with NAFLD (non alcoholic fatty liver disease), NASH (non alcoholic steatohepatitis) , and even non-alcoholic cirrhosis. Why? Most articles you read will point to too much fat, but I watched a medical presentation several years ago that convinced me otherwise. It is long, and a bit technical, but worth taking the time to watch. There are some shorter versions, but I haven’t watched them to see what is left out. Sugar, The Bitter Truth (unabridged) (also embedded below) will help you to see how important limiting sugar (specifically fructose) intake is to liver health, and how it contributes to our Obesity problems.

If you have heard me speak, or have read much of what I write, you know that I have a list of food ingredients that I refer to as the Fatal Five. High Fructose Corn Syrup is at the top of the list. I think it is the number one contributor to most of our health issues in America. I know that is a bold statement, but withhold judgement until you listen to Dr. Lustig. When you start to connect the dots, you’ll understand. If you don’t want to take the time to watch the lecture, the bottom line is: HFCS is damaging our livers much like alcohol does. Not only do the constant insulin spikes eventually cause Type II Diabetes, the toll it takes on the liver is causing even young children to be diagnosed with NAFLD and NASH.

So how does Skinny Dipping have anything to do with all this? The concept behind Skinny Dipping is to support your liver by offering it a helping hand. If you haven’t yet experienced Skinny Dipping, you are missing out! Detox programs usually involved spending extra time in the bathroom. You’ll find that the 45 minute soak is FAR more enjoyable than running back and forth to flush the toxins through your digestive tract. For best results, you should Skinny Dip two to three times per week for at least a month or two. Depending on your own personal weight release goals, you should continue until you achieve the results you are looking for. Everyone should detox, but it is extremely important for those who carry extra weight around the midsection. You can order a sample here.  If you’d like to order a kit with enough oils for 25-30 garden tub Dips (twice that many for a smaller tub) leave a comment, or contact me through facebook through my Essential Oils page.

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