When we think about enhancing our metabolism to lose weight, we may be confused by the countless metabolic enhancers and fat burners that line the shelves of many health food stores. But we may not realize that one overlooked organ — the liver — holds the key to our fat loss goals.

The liver acts as the body’s washing machine, working constantly to clean and remove both internal toxins (those produced by our own metabolism) as well as external toxins (those produced from outside sources).

Obesity has been linked to poor liver health for many years. Research clearly shows that obesity is a risk factor for liver disease, and by losing excess body fat, liver health can be enhanced. But can an unhealthy liver contribute to the accumulation of unwanted pounds?


Recent research indicates that liver toxicity can, indeed, lead to excess body-fat accumulation, and moderately obese people frequently suffer from liver dysfunction. Cleansing and supporting your liver may be your ticket to a healthier metabolism.

From the editors of alive magazine


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Healthy liver tips

  • Exercise regularly. Research shows exercise helps to enhance glucose uptake in the liver, reducing fatty liver disease.

  • Consume high-quality dietary fibres. Enhance liver health with fibre, which binds to bile and eliminates fat-soluble toxins from the body.

  • Supplement with extra B vitamins. These are essential for decongesting the liver and promoting fat metabolism.

  • Supplement with liver-supportive nutrients. These include artichoke, milk thistle, dandelion, D-glucarate, trimethylglycine (TMG), and choline.

Supporting your liver will go a long way toward healthy weight management. For further information, talk to your natural health-care practitioner or visit your local health food store.

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