We know from blood and biopsy studies that weight-loss can be associated with an alarming release of fat soluble toxins from fat cells into the general circulation–but short of these studies, most of us will likely never know for sure how much toxin our fat cells harbor.
There is little doubt that as most of us live in this society, our fat stores (cells) become saturated with fat soluble toxins. The question is not ‘if’ our fat cells are harboring toxins; the question is ‘how much’.
With weight-loss it stands to reason that the concentration of toxins within our fat cells becomes more concentrated, or even super-concentrated, with toxin eventually leaching out of our fat cells into general circulation.
A rash on the shoulders and neck, for example, may be a sign of fat toxin overload.
In addition to toxins, there are a multitude of other fat soluble substances which tend to accumulate in fat cells.
Levels of endocrine steroid hormones, because they are fat soluble, may rise as much as 8 to 12 times higher than normal during weight-loss.
Shockingly, even for men (during weight-los), estrogen and progesterone hormones may rise to an average level which is 8 times higher than that which would be normal for even a woman!
In fact I’ve often heard it said that some men have higher levels of female hormone than their wives.
Within the weight-loss center of our practice we see changes in menopausal symptoms, fertility, female monthly cycles, and/or PMS routinely.
Libido changes and temporary male-pattern hair loss (hormonally mediated) is also reported.
Pretty shocking if you think about it.
Fortunately, healthy bodies have a built in detoxification system designed to deal with the load of fat soluble toxins entering the system during the weight-loss phases of our lives.
Fat soluble toxins are primarily metabolized in the liver. A powerful component of liver detoxification is an amino acid (named glutathione).
Human’s cannot synthesize essential amino acids, they must be in our diet (thus the Ideal Protein method). Unfortunately, many people follow protein and amino acid deficient diets and with deficiency of a particular amino acid (glutathione), liver detoxification is impaired.
Here’s how we help our liver do its job:
1. Water: There is NO substitute to drinking water. Hydration is important to many reactions which take place within your body and is important to your lymphatic system. If the taste of your water doesn’t agree with you, maybe there is a good reason. Maybe you need to try delicious Kanen water, or natural spring water.
2. Vegetables: There is NO substitute for vegetables, because as vegetable fiber passes through the body it aids liver detoxification. If you are a baby when it comes to vegetables (you won’t eat them), then turn them into baby food and mix them with something you like. Like chocolate! Seriously! And it’s a complete myth, and an expensive myth at that, that there is a supplement or ‘pill’, which substitutes for quality vegetables.
3. Alcohol and certain chemicals and drugs: These impair your liver’s ability to metabolize fat soluble toxins. Curtail ALL alcohol consumption during ALL weight-loss phases of your life and minimize your use of drugs and exposure to chemicals.
Note: To reduce toxicity and unwanted side effects, the dose of many medications needs to be reduced as soon as weight-loss begins and then again with every 15 pounds of weight-loss. It depends on the specific medication. Keeping most medications at their optimal dose is critical, with too much often causing more problems than too little.
4. Our weight-loss protocols are medically designed and following specific instructions is of paramount importance.
Most of us have loved ones or at least acquaintances who could benefit tremendously from weight-loss, but for whatever reason, they are ambivalent, in denial, or hopeless.
Life as we know it is finite and enjoying life (and healthy food) is a great idea.
However, overly indulging in overly processed foods is a rotten idea.
Here’s the big picture: Some of us will live a long time. And the importance of maintaining our ability to function (mentally and physically) during these later years (decades) may someday far exceed the pleasure we thought experienced consuming a mediocre or unhealthy diet!
By a factor of about a million to one.
I say this because I know that most all of us will experience blessings which we now can’t even conceive of. Perhaps a grand or great grand-child, the opportunity to travel, or simply the ability to move, function, feel good, and enjoy living.
If we don’t do the right thing now, at some point it will become too late then. That’s the hard truth and I don’t know about you, but in my life, I see it every day.
This is where an evidence based dietary weight-loss / maintenance program comes in and this is Ideal Protein and our specialty.
SO in conclusion, STOP drinking alcohol with EVERY weight-loss phase of your life and seek out water you can crave, salad type vegetables you can and the right daily dose of high biological value protein. All of this aids detoxification.
Purge your body of those nasty toxins.
I can already hear your liver, and your entire body, thanking you.
NOTE: Chronic use of alcohol and many drugs can cause liver diseases. Examples include pain-relievers such as acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), certain antibiotics, antidepressants, anti-cancer agents, and drugs used in controlling high blood pressure, high cholesterol , diabetes, and irregular heart rhythms.