How can a Liver Detox Lead to Weight Loss?
The red smoothie recipe linked above is often recommended not only for the well-being that comes from detoxing your liver, but also for weight loss. But how can a liver detox lead to weight loss? It’s simple – the toxins that get stored by the liver and body are almost exclusively the fat-soluble ones, and we have plenty of those in our diets or the air we breathe. The fat, containing these toxins get deposited on cell walls, mainly in the liver, interfering with hormone signaling. The fat literally acts as a barrier between insulin and the insulin receptors that every single cell in the body has. The same happens with leptin and every other metabolic signaling hormone. Since cells have many different hormonal receptors, all of them get blocked by the toxic fat, and hormonal signaling can no longer work. Because of this, the body keeps storing fat and even if we exercise, fast, eat less or try to “burn calories”, the signal to “start burning fat” simply doesn’t get to the fat-covered cells of the liver. It reaches subcutaneous fat-cells, because those are designed exactly for the purpose of energy storage. Therefore, as much as we try to starve ourselves, we never really burn off any visceral(belly) fat or the toxic liver fat that interferes with countless processes, necessary for optimal functioning. Detox the liver and all of this starts working again like magic, and the body starts getting rid of that fat. We need a lot of anti-oxidant molecules to break the chains of the toxic fat buildup, but the right combination of phytonutrients does the trick!