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Delicious Fruit and Veggie Smoothies -- Too Much Per Day can cause Fatty Liver Disease

Updated on October 5, 2014

Healthy Eating

I love to prepare and drink smoothies as much as the next guy. (I'm a fan of healthy eating as long as I don't have to give up chocolate.)

I am no expert on health matters. But when it comes to maintaining my health, I have learned a few things -- like all of us do -- by trial and error, by experiencing sickness and by studying subjects relating to health. Some people study health subjects better and longer -- even eight or twelve years at university. I like to read what the educated experts say on subjects that interest me or subjects which will impact me if I don't smarten up and find out how things really work.

I've highlighted fruit and vegetable smoothies in this hub but really any foods we tend to overindulge in could be substituted as the subject of this hub for the principle I am presenting with regard to overloading one's liver.

Do you give huge Smoothies to your children each day?

Jamba Juice franchises makes great smoothies. I haven't seen a Jamba Juice store in awhile, but I imagine they are still up and running. When Jamba Juice first opened their doors many years ago, they were busy and popular.

Nowadays, many of us buy our own ingredients, organic or non-organic -- whatever our preference is -- and we make our own nutritious concoctions for ourselves and our friends and family.

I have noticed the large servings cafes dole out for a price. I have also noticed many friends and family members who graciously create delicious concoctions for guests, but they, too, pour the servings into tall glasses and fill them to the top. It's too much. We aren't elephants. This is not good for us.

Vitamix or Oster Blenders -- Either one Works.

A friend of mine uses her $450 Vitamix Blender.  I like my $19.50 Oster.  Works great.
A friend of mine uses her $450 Vitamix Blender. I like my $19.50 Oster. Works great. | Source

Each of us is Born with Only One Liver.

Liver disease is a serious issue. Kidney disease is a serious issue, but that's another subject. Today a big percentage of Americans and Canadians walk around with one or the other -- liver disease or kidney disease -- without realizing it until it is very advanced. We live in a society where it is easy to be enticed into eating and drinking the wrong foods or eating and drinking too much of the right foods.

We get one liver each. Drinking a big-sized smoothie once a day puts a huge workload on your liver. Let's explore the outcome of this.

I've placed some photos on this hub of some of the ingredients I like to put into my smoothies. Suppose you make a smoothie with these ingredients: Plain yogurt, ripe banana, blueberries, nectarine, strawberries, spinach and flax seed oil. The spinach is approximately 36% protein, so that is good. You're getting some protein in the mix. The plain yogurt also has some protein in it. The flaxseed oil is important for many reasons, but pertaining to keeping one's blood sugar levels down, it is good that it is an oil and is a good fat. However, it is not magic. It cannot fight off the effects of pouring too many carbohydrates into your system all at once -- nor can the protein cause a magic outcome. If you drink an 8 ounce cup of smoothie with all of the above-listed ingredients and if you go do a goodly amount of weight-lifting exercises soon afterwards, your body might be doing just fine. But if instead you drink, for instance, a 12 ounce smoothie made of the above-listed ingredients -- even though they are somewhat balanced in the food groups -- still, you are overloading your liver.

Let's explore further.

Small Portions.

Carbohydrates break down in your blood system into either fructose or glucose. Your pancreas secretes insulin into your blood system. The amount of insulin depends on the amount of carbohydrates you have in your system. Glucose, fructose and insulin regulate fat storage.

A certain amount of carbohydrates can be stored as glycogen. Extra carbohydrates -- if you are not burning the carbs via exercise -- are stored as fat.

The body's process of turning carbohydrates into fat is called -- by doctors and scientists -- de novo lipogenesis.

There are two enzymes involved. I will be placing a link at the bottom of this hub so you can look into these details -- such as the names of the enzymes -- more closely if you are that way inclined. There are three processes involved. They each have names. Their activities are the breakdown of glycogen, the making of glucose and the breakdown of fat.

In summary, and here comes more bad news, when blood glucose is high -- i.e. when you have drank a delicious and huge smoothie and have not bothered to exercise -- the insulin which has been triggered tells your body to stop breaking down the fat. So this is a second way that you gain fat by imbibing in a too-large delicious smoothie. Meanwhile, your heart and your liver slowly, over time, become diseased.

Studies, autopsies, show this isn't just old people that are walking around with liver disease. Younger people and middle-aged people are suffering and dying from heart disease and liver-related problems.

Organic Spinach -- Always good in Smoothies

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Body For Life for Women

For this hub, I've used an online source so that you can easily access it. I've also placed a link to the source. I notice at the end of the article which I've used, there is a free video and five-day program, one for men and one for women. I can't attest how free it is after five days. I haven't looked into it, but I did find the article to be very helpful and very well sourced. (See the sources online in blue at the end of the linked article.)

What I usually use as a reference, though, in my own life, is the book Body For Life For Women, by Pamela Peake, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P. She obtained the go-ahead to write this book (this was years ago) from the original author of Body For Life which was for men mostly. Both of my brothers changed their physiques and health due to that first book, so when a book involving the same principles was written for us women, I bought it and read it religiously. The book teaches many things, but in relation to this small subject of drinking smoothies, the book has taught me that five small meals a day -- balanced meals containing carbohydrates, good oils and protein, is what a body needs.

Health: look after yours. No one else can do it for you.

Plain Yogurt
Plain Yogurt

Off-topic, But Important.

By the way, totally off-topic, but if you or a friend are fighting cancer, the eight-time-nominated-for-Nobel-Prize but always blocked by the butter lobbyists, Johanna Budwig, created a method to beat cancer. Organic flax seed oil and plain yogurt is a part of the regimen and there are thousands and thousands of cancer survivors who attest to its success. A link is below. There is also a forum on Yahoo and one on Facebook. Excellent regimen.

Flax seed oil.

Flax seed oil.
Flax seed oil.


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      Pamela Kinnaird W 

      3 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      Thanks for stopping by, poetryman6969.

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      3 years ago

      Personally I think if I avoid eating polar bear liver, which can be deadly, and the bear does not care for the experience either, I will be just fine.

      Have a blessed day!

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 

      3 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      Thanks, aviannovice. It's always nice to see you.

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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Verty, very good material. Thanks for the great research.

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 

      4 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      Thanks for visiting, annieangel1.

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      4 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      yes, everything in moderation.

    • Pamela Kinnaird W profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Kinnaird W 

      4 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      Yes, we are, tillsontitan. Thank you for visiting and for your votes.

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      All things in moderation are good. We are a generation of excess and that includes healthy things.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

    • Pamela Kinnaird W profile imageAUTHOR

      Pamela Kinnaird W 

      4 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      Thank you, DDE.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A great idea for smoothies. Voted up and useful.


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