Liver Cleanse & Triglycerides

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Triglycerides are a lipid that naturally exist in foods that stores energy in our bodies between meals. Having high triglyceride levels can increase your chances of coronary heart disease, heart attack or stroke. A liver cleanse can help your body release excess fats and ease the stress on the liver thus lower your triglyceride count. Always check with your doctor prior to starting any cleanse or diet modification about your risk factors.

Triglycerides and Liver Function

  • Your liver stores triglycerides as fat. Your body consumes triglycerides directly from foods high in fat, particularly saturated fats. It also metabolizes unused glucose derived from carbohydrates into glycogen sending this back to your liver then be converted into triglycerides and stored as fat. This can create a lot of excess metabolic activity for your liver, placing it at higher risk of disease as well.

Liver Cleanse

  • A liver cleanse is designed to reduce the amount of work the liver needs to do in order to metabolize food, create energy and eliminate waste. A cleanse may be either a fasting cleanse where you eliminate whole food from your diet for a designated period of time - such as with the Master Cleanse where you consume a lemonade mixture for up to 10 days. This reduces the amount of whole food that needs to be broken down and eliminated. Other cleanses involve modified diets with supplements to promote liver health. Some people report feeling better after a cleanse but there is no evidence that this can have a long-term effect on triglyceride levels.

Liver Cleansing Foods

  • Liver cleansing foods are easy to digest, contain no toxins or processed ingredients. A diet high that reduces fatty foods as well as proteins will allow the liver to work more efficiently. Other foods that are good for the liver are oats, green leafy vegetables, nuts, flax seed and turmeric. According to the website Fattylivercleanse.com, turmeric can help metabolize fat while garlic and onions help kill unwanted bacteria.

The Cleanse and Triglycerides

  • A cleanse can lower triglycerides. The reason being is the body is not consuming as many calories in a cleanse. Because of this, it will seek the energy reserves stored in triglycerides and metabolize that into glycogen. So you are doing two things to help triglyceride levels during a cleanse: 1) you are not consuming foods high in triglycerides and 2) you are consuming fewer calories forcing your body to draw on reserves.

Considerations

  • Always consult your doctor prior to starting a cleanse. You may feel sick during a cleanse as your body is releasing toxins and adjusting to fewer calories. Get immediate medical attention if you are in the middle of a cleanse and experience long bouts of dizziness or fainting as this can suggest a serious medical condition. There is no substitute for diet modification and developing an exercise program for the long-term lowering of high triglycerides.

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