Proper liver function is critical for a healthy body (and a healthy body is crucial for weight loss)

The liver performs over 400 functions, but one of the most important jobs being to filter toxins and waste from your blood. After your liver filters your blood, it transforms any toxins found into substances to be excreted out of your body via your kidneys (urine) or dumps them in your bile duct to flow into your digestive system and out your body in feces (in a healthy liver with good bile flow).

Toxins are NOT able to leave your body, and they are stored in your adipose tissue (fat tissue) where they will stay until your liver function improves, and they can be released safely!


Is your liver function supporting your body’s fat burning abilities? If you suffer from any of the following, your liver and gallbladder might be trying to tell you something!

  • Unexplained weight gain
  • History of alcohol/drug use or hepatitis
  • Long term prescription drug use (especially antibiotics, accutane, birth control pills, and pain medications that are associated with liver injury)
  • Heavy supplement use (especially Vitamin Acopperiron and select herbs strongly associated with liver injury)
  • Sensitive to chemicals (tobacco smoke, fumes, perfume, cleaning agents, etc.)
  • Pain between the shoulder blades
  • Stomach upset by greasy foods
  • Greasy or shiny stools
  • History of nausea, motion sickness, or morning sickness
  • Light or pale colored stools
  • Headache over the eyes
  • Gallbladder attacks
  • Bitter taste in the mouth (especially after meals)
  • Become sick or easily intoxicated if drinking wine
  • Easily hung over
  • Pain under right side of rib cage
  • Hemorrhoids or varicose veins
  • NutraSweet (aspartame) consumption
  • Chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia

Most often, liver stress is the consequence of a liver injury (often from Rx meds), protein deficiencypoor digestion, a low nutrient diet and/or nutrient excess (especially copperiron and vitamin A) that allows an increased toxic burden to build up.

Trying to go about it another way is a waste of time (dieting, cleansing, fasting, etc) and works against your body. You must strengthen your liver to support your body’s fat burning abilities!

This is in part because ‘dilution is the solution to pollution’, meaning extra fat can help a toxic burden making your body feel more ‘safe’. This is because toxins can be fat soluble and are stored in fat cells.

Cellular ‘pollution’ and the health of your liver is always a factor in chronic conditions as well as weight loss resistance.

The following are essential steps to reduce your liver’s workload:

  1. Identify and address mineral deficiencies (I use hair tissue mineral analysis and blood labs with my clients)
  2. Address protein deficiency
  3. Reduce supplement workload (only take things you’ve identified are needed through testing!)
  4. Identify and correct nutrient excess (be sure to test for vitamin A, copper, an iron — you can inquire how to do this with me here)
  5. Titrate the right kinds of fiber or binders in your diet as tolerated

Want to learn more about how to strengthen your liver? Consider the following next steps:

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *