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Detoxify Your Liver, Lymphs, and Kidneys!  Banish Sugar Cravings!

FINALLY, Lose All Those Unwanted Pounds!

 

The Fat Flush Plan (FFP) targets these five hidden factors of unwanted pounds:

 

  • Liver toxicity
  • Waterlogged tissues
  • Fear of eating fat
  • Excess insulin
  • Stress fat

 

The liver performs nearly 400 different jobs.  It is the body’s most important organ, functioning as a living filter to cleanse the system of toxins, metabolize proteins, control hormonal balance, and produce immune-boosting factors.

 

Your liver produces bile that emulsifies and absorbs fats in the small intestine.  Bile is the real key to the liver’s ability to digest and assimilate fats.  If you have a roll of fat at your waistline, you may have what is commonly called a “fatty liver.”  Your liver has stopped processing fat and begun storing it.  Only when you bring your liver back to full function will you lose this fat.

 

The liver metabolizes not only fats but also carbohydrates and proteins for use in your body. The liver converts amino acids from food into various proteins that may have a direct or indirect impact on your weight.  Many proteins transport hormones through the blood stream, hormone balance is crucial to avoid water retention, bloating, and cravings, as well as other health problems.  Protein also helps

 

The liver’s most important function and the one that puts it at greatest risk for damage, is to detoxify the myriad toxins that assault our bodies daily.  A toxin is any substance that irritates or creates harmful effects in the body.

 

The liver is a workhorse that can even regenerate its own damaged cells.  However it is not INVINCIBLE.  When it lacks essential nutrients or when toxins overwhelm it, it no longer performs, as it should.

 

Hormone imbalances may develop, fat may accumulate in the liver and then just under the skin or in other organs.

 

Toxins build up and get into your bloodstream.  Among the signs of “toxic liver” are: Weight gain (especially around the abdomen), Abdominal bloating, High blood pressure, Fatigue, Cellulite, Indigestion, Mood swings, Depression, and Rashes.

When your liver is sluggish every organ in your body is affected, and your weight loss efforts are blocked. A toxic liver is unable to break down the adrenal hormone aldosterone, which accumulates to retain sodium (and water) and suppress potassium.  This can raise your blood pressure.

 

A toxic liver can lead to hypoglycemia, which can produce sugar cravings, weight gain, and candida overgrowth.

 

A toxic liver is unable to process toxins, enabling them to escape into the bloodstream and set off an immune response, your immune system becomes overworked and the liver becomes overloaded with pollutants and toxins and it cannot efficiently burn body fat, and thus will sabotage your weight loss efforts.

 

Fat Flush Plan Liver Stressors

 

Probably nothing you do to control your weight is as important as keeping your liver healthy. This means avoiding as many of the damaging elements as possible while embracing liver boosters. Among the lesser-known compromisers of liver function are caffeine, sugar, Trans fat, medications, and inadequate fiber.

 

Caffeine- when you drink a cup of coffee or can of cola, the caffeine is absorbed throughout your body. The liver must detoxify this caffeine without the aid of your kidneys. The kidneys attempt to excrete the caffeine molecules via the urinary tract, but they are reabsorbed into the bloodstream too fast. So the liver has to detoxify the caffeine alone. Research shows that women detoxify caffeine slower then men. If a woman is taking birth control, she will need about twice the average time to detoxify the caffeine she consumes. You may also be getting caffeine, from chocolate, cocoa, tea, some soft drinks, kola nut and guarana root supplements, Excedrin, Anacin, Vanquish, Midol, Cope, Premens, Vivarin, NoDoz, and Dexatrim.

 

Sugar- In the process of being metabolized, sugars rob your body of valuable nutrients; some of these are zinc, which is essential for liver function. Sugar also inhibits your liver production of enzymes needed in the detoxification process. Your liver must go into overdrive to convert the sugar into fats such as cholesterol and triglycerides. Once the liver has made this heroic effort, the fats may pile up in your liver and other organs or accumulate in the most typical fat storage areas of your body—thighs, buttocks, and abdomen! Your liver must work overtime to detoxify the toxins produced by the fungal form of flourishing Candida, compromising the organ’s fat-burning ability.

 

Trans Fats- Tran’s fats are created when vegetable oils are hydrogenated. Tran’s fats impede your liver’s ability to burn fat! They retard the conjugation phase of detoxification, increase fatty deposits within the liver and thicken the bile, thus impeding bile flow through the bile ducts. Tran’s fats are widely used in commercial baked goods and other processed foods and in fast food restaurants.

 

Medication

 

Inadequate Fiber- Most Americans eat only 10 to 12 grams of fiber a day and experts believe that 20 to 35 grams are ideal for long-term health. Fiber’s healthful benefits are its role in moving toxins out of your body. Insoluble fibers, from flaxseed, for example, absorb water in your digestive tract. This speeds up transit time to move waste products out of your body. Without adequate fiber, up to 90 percent of cholesterol and bile acids will be reabsorbed and recirculated to the liver. This taxes your liver and reduces its fat-burning abilities.

 

Fat Flush Plan For Your Tired, Toxic Liver!

 

Important Foods and Supplements for your Tired, Toxic Liver

 

The liver is the primary fat-burning organ in the body, and it must be cleansed and supported in order to achieve peak performance.  Your liver is strongly affected by a poor diet.  In fact, a liver overloaded with pollutants and toxins is the number one weight-loss roadblock.  Excess fat, sugar, alcohol and caffeine—along with antidepressants and birth control pill—work to sabotage your weight loss efforts by creating a tired and toxic liver that can’t efficiently burn body fat.

 

"The Fat Flush Plan is designed to clean our liver and help you drop a dress size or two in relatively short order.”

 

Fat Flushers have also found that it improves circulation, increases energy, stabilizes mood swings, induces sound sleep, improves skin texture, makes nails stronger, and helps to lessen depression and anxiety.  They also report lower cholesterol (as much as 30 points) and balanced triglyceride levels.

 

Long Life Cocktail- (cranberry juice, water, and psyllium or flaxseed) is a potent source of phytonutrients such as anthocyanins, catechins, luteins, and quercetin -powerful antioxidants, providing nutritional support and cofactors for the liver. These nutrients seem to digest fatty globules in the lymph.   Fiber blocks the absorption of fat, increases fat excretion, and binds toxins so that they are not reabsorbed into your body.

 

Lemons- High in vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant in the body, vitamin C travels through your system; preventing cellular damage and cholesterol build up by zapping any free radicals it meets.  Recently, researchers discovered a substance in lemons called limonene.  This essential oil has been shown to shrink cancerous tumors, detoxify carcinogens in the body, and stimulate the healthy flow of lymph fluids.  Lemons assist in the digestive process by producing necessary enzymes, invigorating the gall bladder and liver, and promoting the absorption of protein and minerals from foods.  It benefits bile formation, which is essential for optimal fat metabolism and helps regenerate the liver.  It also promotes peristalsis, the movement in the bowels that keeps waste moving along the digestive tract and out of the body for elimination.  Lemon juice also helps liquefy fat so that it can be flushed out of your system faster.  Drinking lemon juice in hot water acts as a mild diuretic, ridding the body of retained water and toxins.  It may also help to reduce cellulite by cleansing the lymphatic system and stimulating blood flow to the skin.

 

The plans Cranberry Juice/Water (Cran-Water) mixture and plain water will assist your liver in diluting and expelling the increased body wastes from the two-phase detoxification process.  Water provides the hydration necessary to empty stubborn fat stores as your liver becomes more efficient at using stored fat for energy. Packed with flavonoids, enzymes, and organic acids, such as malic, citric, and quinic acids, they have an emulsifying effect on stubborn fat deposits in the lymphatic system.  The lymphatic system, which has been called the “garbage collector of the body,” transports all kinds of waste products not processed by the liver.  With the help of organic acid components, the cranberry juice digests stagnated lymphatic wastes, which could very well be the reason FF claim that their cellulite disappears.

 

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV):  An excellent fat burner helps whittle away excess weight and revs up the metabolism.  A recent study found that participants who consumed as little as 1 ½ Tb. of ACV ate 200 fewer calories at the following meal.  The main ingredient in ACV is acetic acid, which is a powerful nutrient that has proven to stimulate the metabolism.  It also contains dozens of other nutrients that work to eliminate fat by creating the ideal chemic balance in the body.  ACV contains potassium, which helps transfer nutrients to your cells and gives toxic waste substances the boot, contains pectin, a fiber that “scrapes” the cholesterol off blood vessel walls, and  also helps cleanse and tone the digestive tract, while increasing circulation, soothing achy joints and sore muscles, and giving skin a healthy sheen.

 

Daily Protein is important to your liver’s health and function.  Protein can raise your metabolism by 25 percent and activate the production of enzymes needed during detoxification.  Your liver needs protein to produce the bile that is essential for absorbing fat-soluble nutrients.  Proteins are the tissue and muscle rebuilders.  For every pound of muscle gained you will burn extra calories.  Subsequently you will help stop hunger and keep blood sugar/insulin levels steady as well as support your system’s detoxification process.

 

Eggs, are the highest dietary source of several sulfur-based amino acids, needed by the liver to regulate bile production.  This nutrient rich food is also a superb source of phosphatidyclholine, a nutrient needed for overall liver health and to make lecithin, which helps prevent cholesterol oxidation harmful to the liver and other organs.

 

Red meat such as lean (grass fed) beef and lamb are high in L-carnitine, which plays a vital role in normalizing liver enzymes in the blood and in the livers use and metabolism of fatty acids. L-carnitine also helps clear waste products from the mitochondria to avoid free-radical accumulation and damage. One gram or more of l-carnitine per dayhas been shown by at least one study to be enough to burn off 10 extra pounds in 12 weeks when combined with a Flat Flush type diet and light exercise.

 

Whey Protein- Unlike soy or wheat protein, whey contains all the essential amino acids and has the highest number of branched chain amino acids (BCAA), which are crucial for a strong and healthy body.  Research has shown that consumption of whey helps reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer, hypertension and heart disease.  It boosts the immune system by increasing levels of glutathione, the most potent antioxidant in the body.  In addition to increasing lean muscle mass and energizing the body, whey provides a number of other Fat Flushing benefits.  It helps keep blood-sugar levels stable, which staves off the cravings that result from swings in your blood sugar.  Components in whey help promote satiety by increasing the level of CCK, an appetite-suppressing hormone.  Whey pumps up serotonin levels in the brain, which help fend off depression—and emotional eating.

 

Dried Mustard- Mustard seeds contain ample amounts of phytonutrients, including isothiocyanates.  The Isothiocyanates have been the focus of many cancer-related studies and have shown to inhibit the growth of existing cancer cells, especially in gastrointestinal tumors.  It also provides selenium, magnesium, monounsaturated fats, and phosphorous.  And they are a good source of iron, calcium, zinc and manganese.  Mustard helps flush fat by revving your metabolism.

 

Cinnamon - Boasts a long history as both a spice and a medicine. Recent studies have confirmed cinnamon’s ability to rid foods of dangerous bacteria.  One study, conducted at Kansas State University, found that cinnamon destroyed E.coli bacteria in apple juice.  Cinnamon has been well researched for its ability to prevent unwanted clumping of blood platelets.

 

Flaxseed Oil- the plan takes advantage of its metabolism raising action and its ability to attract and bind to the oil-soluble poisons that lodge in the liver and carry them out of the system for elimination.  The essential fatty acids in flaxseed oil also stimulate bile production, which is crucial to the breakdown of fats. Research has proven that one major obstacle in “dieting” is hunger.  Taking 2 tablespoons a day of flaxseed oil eliminates this problem because it creates a feeling of fullness and makes you feel fuller longer.

 

Evening Primrose Oil (GLA)- The GLA found in Evening Primrose Oil mobilizes the metabolically active fat known as brown adipose tissue (BAT).  This special form of fat, if available in sufficient amounts, can burn off extra calories and boost energy.  500 mg with 40 to 45 mg GLA per capsule.

 

Dandelion Root- Used for centuries worldwide as a liver tonic and blood purifier.  It has the ability to clear obstructions and stimulate the liver to detoxify poisons. It contains all the nutritive salts that are required by the body to purify the blood.  Take 500 to 2000 mg. daily.

 

Milk Thistle- a powerful antioxidant that protects your liver from cell damage.  It also is considered a liver regenerator and helps with bile stagnation.  Take 500 to 2000 mg. daily.

L-Carnitine- carries fat to the mitochondria in your cells, where the fat is converted to energy.  It also helps clear waste products from the mitochondria.  At least one study has shown that 1 gram or more of L-carnitine is enough to burn off 10 extra pounds in twelve weeks when combined with a Flush-type diet and light exercise.

 

Chromium- is an important nutrient yet our diets are frequently deficient in it.  It acts as a transport mechanism to enable insulin to work more quickly and efficiently.  Thus you store less fat and use more calories to build muscle.  In a study done in 1998, individuals who took chromium supplements had an average weight loss of 6.2 pounds of body fat, whereas those taking a placebo lost 3.4 lbs.

 

Fat Flush Plan Avoid List

 

The Two-Week Fat Flush Enemies

 

AVOID:

 

  • All oils and fat including spray oils!: except the daily flaxseed oil & GLA supplement
  • added salt
  • black pepper (liver irritant)
  • grains (from wheat, rye oats and barley can be allergenic, creating water retention or “fat that is not fat”)
  • bread
  • cereal
  • starchy vegetables:  potatoes, corn, peas, carrots, parsnips, pumpkin, winter squash
  • beans
  • dairy:  milk, cheese, yogurt  (calcium will come from Green Leafy Vegetables) this is one of the top five food allergens)
  • sugar
  • aspartame
  • caffeine:  1 cup of organic coffee allowed per day
  • alcohol
  • soy sauce
  • trans fats:  margarine, processed vegetable oils, shortening

 

Fat Flush Exercise Plan

 

If the liver is the body’s filter, the lymphatic channels are its drainage system.  Most of us are familiar with the cardiovascular system and its role in our well-being, but the lymphatic system needs to get a better press agent!  Improving the health of the lymphatic system is the cornerstone of the Fat Flush Fitness plan.  Unlike blood which is pumped by the heart, lymphatic fluid has no pump.  Instead, what moves the lymph through its many ducts and channels is exercise.

 

Our lymph moves through a complex network of needle-thin tubes known as lymphatics, collecting excess fluid from cells all over the body.  Different body parts produce different types of lymph.  Fat is the only food element that moves through the lymphatic system.  The proteins and carbohydrates go right from the intestines into the bloodstream, but the intestinal lymphatics draw fat into the lymphatic system before it reaches the blood.  When the lymph isn’t flowing properly the excess fluid that isn’t draining from our tissues causes them to swell.    These bloated, water logged tissues can add up to 10 to 15 pounds to your weight, and can cause you to swell two extra dress sizes!

 

Your goal in phase 1 is to walk briskly for twenty minutes a day, five days a week.  If you can’t walk for 20 minutes then start with a brisk 5, 10, or 15 minutes and work up to 20.  Just make sure you walk briskly five days a week.  An alternative is to rebound for 20 minutes.  This is followed by cool down stretches.

Liver Cleanse (also known as the Fat Flush Plan)

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