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The Elevated Liver Enzymes, Fat, Foods That Restore Health

Updated on July 31, 2012

Many people who are struggling to reach their ideal weight are looking for that magic pill to boost metabolism and increase fat burning. The truth is that in order to boost metabolism to become an efficient fat burner, the bodies number one fat burner, the liver needs to be addressed. Obesity levels in adults and children have risen dramatically in recent years. Studies indicate that in most cases a stressed, toxic liver is involved. Many studies have found that obesity is directly linked to liver dysfunction. Elevated liver enzymes indicate the condition by revealing a sluggish metabolism due to cellular damage.

Liver Enzymes (Elevated) and Reduced Fat Burning

Obese individuals have repeatedly been found to have elevated liver enzymes. One study showed them to be elevated in over ninety percent of the individuals tested. A liver that is toxic does not function properly and often leads to excess body fat accumulation. When the liver reaches this unhealthy state, it becomes over stressed and unable to its job effectively.

Another study was conducted in Japan with 1594 people over a ten year period, which found that an inefficient liver may be the number one contributor to obesity. Obesity is now believed to be the number one cause of liver disease. Symptoms that may accompany an elevated enzymes liver include headaches, constipation, irritability, morning fatigue, gas, bloating, indigestion, skin problems and right shoulder pain.

Today more than ever, the need to protect the liver is crucial. We are exposed to countless synthetic chemicals each year. Over one hundred scientific studies have been conducted showing the connection between pollution and human disease. One study concluded that forty percent of the deaths worldwide are a result of toxin exposure from air, water and food. There are some practical ways to reduce toxins harmful to the liver. Avoid using strong chemical cleaners, foods with chemical additives and preservatives, hydrogenated oils and trans fats and refined carbohydrates and sugars. Limit exposure to pesticides and herbicides by eating organic food whenever possible and drink water from only pure sources, such as spring water.

There are several ways to cleanse the liver and restore its ability to effectively burn fat. Eat high quality, fiber rich foods. Fiber binds to bile in the body and together they transport fat-soluble toxins from the body. Eat foods high in B vitamins to decongest the liver and promote fat metabolism. Prevent overeating by incorporating high quality, protein foods at meal times. Whey protein, high in alpha-lactalbumin, has been found effective at increasing the liver’s ability to remove toxins and prevent fat accumulation. Exercise is effective at reducing glucose concentration in the liver, which lowers the risk of fatty liver disease.

Supplements that support proper liver functions include milk thistle, dandelion, artichoke, choline, trimethylglycine (TMG) and D-glucarate. For proper daily dosages consult with a qualified nutritionist or alternative health care professional.


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      Joe Cseko jr 5 years ago from New York, USA, Earth

      Taking ANY oral medication may raise liver enzymes, Joan. Ibuprofen's definitely one of the culprits here, though Tylenol (acetaminophen) is far worse. Taking medicines via injection, sublingually or transdermally decrease the impact on the liver. This is because they o pass the liver only one time. Anything that you ingest will pass twice.

      Anyway. I stopped to comment because I got a lot from this hub. Another fine job, Stevemark.

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      jOAN MATHESON 6 years ago


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      Laura Izett 8 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Also I've heard taking too much tylenol and oxycodone effects liver severely.

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      advisor4qb 8 years ago from On New Footing

      Informative hub. Thank you.

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      Kmadhav 8 years ago from New delhi

      Yes, Few people knows this thing liver plays a big role in weight loss. By reading your hub giving a sense that you did a good research on this topic.

      In today's world we are taking lot of chemicals in the form of medicines,foods,preservatives and in the form of pollution and other things.

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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      I never knew that the liver played a part in weight loss. Interesting.