Livers! Foie Gras! Toxins! OH MY!

Okay, I have some shares before I get to the meat of today’s post.  These were posted by someone in the Hypothyroidism group on Facebook.  The first is an article and is related to a book that can be  bought from a link on the site: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/t4-only-meds-dont-work/ This second one is for another similar book: http://www.thyroidbook.com/ Both pretty much discuss treatment for Hypothyroidism other than just Synthroid, Levothyroxine, etc.  Since I finished UltraMetabolism, I have started reading Living Well With Hypothyroidism by Mary J. Shomon.  She is a writer that has Hypothyroidism and this book came out from her years of research in learning about the symptoms and treatments, including alternative treatments.  I’m still in the introduction part of the book, but you know I’ll be sharing my thoughts on it with you.

Okay, on to fatty livers.

Our liver and kidneys are the organs that process and eliminate toxins from our bodies.  That would be any toxin that enters our body with our food (chemical additivies, pesticide residue, mercury in deep sea fish, particulates and/or lead in our water, foods that are toxic to us, etc.), through other means (environmental toxins we inhale and come in contact with) , or the toxins created as a by-product of our metabolism.  We are exposed to more toxins than we realize.  This is one of the reasons why I try to control my exposure to toxins by buying organic fruits and vegetables when possible, buying wild caught fish, buying meats that were raised without all that antibiotic crap, buying or making cleaners without toxic ingredients.   The more toxins we take in the more stress we put on our liver.  If the liver can’t handle the toxic load we are giving it,  the toxins won’t be eliminated and instead stored in our body, which then affects our liver, thyroid, and mitochondria.

I shared before about my Granny being diagnosed with liver cancer and she had no family history of cancer, nor did she have any vices other than ice cream.  However, she cleaned with toxic stuff.  She used a lot of processed and refined foods, some of which were to help her prepare meals faster.  When Papa was hungry, by goodness, you better have that food in front of him or there was Hell to pay.  Granny did have some lemon and lime bushes, a plum tree and lots of tomato plants.  However, a lot of her vegetables came in the form of canned or frozen, even less nutrients in them than if they were fresh.  After all this reading and thinking back on her lifestyle, things she was exposed to in her environment, and what she was eating, I have no doubt that her cancer was caused by her environment and what she ate.

So where do the toxins get stored?  In our fat.  Yup, our fat.  The more you have, the more you’re likely to store.  The toxins interfere with things like reducing thyroid hormone levels and increasing the elimination of thyroid hormones by the liver.  They block thyroid receptors and compete for thyroid transport proteins.  They stole your thyroid’s car!  Would you take that if someone stole your car?  How about this, they assault the mitochondria which diminishes their ability to burn fat and calories.  You may as well put those poor mitochondria on temporary disability.  Toxins also block the leptin signals telling your brain that you are full.  Pesky bastards!  Penalty shot!  Prolonged exposure is like what I explained with artificial sweeteners in how your brain doesn’t connect sweet with high calories anymore, your brain doesn’t remember what full is and you are hungry all the time.

This leads me to the fatty liver.  I joked about foie gras yesterday.  Foie gras is nothing more than the fatty liver of ducks that were force-fed starchy carbohydrates to induce the formation of fat in the liver.  Sugars and refined carbohydrates increase the insulin in our bodies, then creates the fat in our liver.  How so?  Sugar is converted to triglycerides, which is the fat in the fatty liver.  It fills up the liver cells and other cells.  Excess sugar will increase oxidative stress (our bodies in a rusting state inside!) and do more damage to the mitochondria.  Again, when the mitochondria are damaged they can’t burn fat or calories.  What happens?  Slower metabolism and more weight gain.  Fatty livers can lead to a type of hepatitis caused by insulin resistance.  Fatty livers are inflamed and it impairs the liver’s ability to detoxify our body.  Fatty livers produce more inflammatory molecules and free radicals, leading to more damage to the mitochondria.  Fatty livers are no good!

Get rid of your exposure to toxins as much as possible, even if you don’t have hypothyroidism.  It will do your body good.

Who wants foie gras now?

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