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When you read or go online to find information about losing weight and decreasing body fat, you find all kinds of information about the importance of your nutritional food choices, calorie intake, exercise, and daily energy expenditure. Which all play a major role in weight management and weight loss success.
When metabolism is being addressed in conventional medicine the attention goes primarily to thyroid function, hormone levels, and cardiovascular health. Which again play a role in weight management and weight loss success. But the one organ in the body that plays the biggest role in managing your metabolism and fat burning abilities rarely gets any attention. Your Liver. I still remember many, many years back at MSU in anatomy class when my professor stated that the Liver was the most important organ in your body. That little tidbit of info stuck with me all these years as I have helped thousands of individuals lose weight and improve their health through diet and exercise. I like to refer to the Liver as the Rodney Dangerfield of organs, because it gets “No Respect”.

The Liver plays a role in nearly every metabolic process in the human body.
 Digestion, processing, and utilization of fat (most fat burning all takes place in the Liver!)
 Metabolism and Production of Amino Acids
 Regulate glucose / storing of glucose as liver glycogen
 Carbohydrate metabolism / Insulin and blood sugar stabilization
 Cholesterol production and removal
 Storage and metabolism of fat soluble vitamins (A,D,E, and K)
 Hormone regulation
 Thyroid function: Site of T4 to T3 conversion
 Drug and Toxin metabolism (Main role)

How to support Liver Health

At Age Management of West Michigan we start out all our weight loss patients on a one week cleanse to detoxify and reduce toxic burden to optimize Liver function and overall body metabolism. Utilizing supplements that support Liver health are also recommended to most of our patients as they go through their weight loss journey to improved health and well-being. So Liver health and function is a top priority for patients at AMWM, and should be a top priority for any individual who is trying to lose weight.

AMWM uses a product called Dual-Tox to support cleanses and healthy liver function. This product contains a variety of recommended vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and herbs that support the Liver.

Individual supplements like Milk Thistle, NAC, and TUDCA are some of the more recommended individual Liver support supplements.
IV drip and injection glutathione are more advanced options available to support Liver function.

Processed foods that contain artificial ingredients, sugar, and high fructose corn syrup put an extremely high load of stress on the liver to process and should be eliminated. Alcohol is another drug that puts a high demand of stress on the Liver, and should be avoided during any weight loss program. Getting a complete Liver panel blood work test from your physician is the best way to initially determine Liver health and function. Give your Liver the respect and attention that it deserves for all that it does for you on a daily basis, especially if your goal is to achieve weight loss success.


The human body is amazing. Its innate ability to adapt to stimuli in the environment and maintain a healthy balance of thousands of metabolic processes in the body that support daily life. The majority of these processes are autonomic, so we don’t have to make any physical or mental effort to maintain them. The human body is built to survive and adapt to stress, but it is a product of its environment. So when you take care of your body, it functions at a high level with a strong immune system, healthy metabolism, and sharp cognitive function. When you don’t take care of your body, it starts to function at a low level with a weakened immune response, low metabolism, and declining cognitive function.

This adaptability of the body makes most chronic diseases preventable with proper nutrition, exercise, and sleep. Even better, lots of chronic disease is reversable when you get the body back to a healthy body weight and activity level with diet and exercise. It is never too late to start. So this is where we all have the opportunity to take an active role in maintaining the health of our body to control the aging process, prevent chronic disease, and improve quality of life.

The food you put in your mouth has a direct effect not only how your body and brain functions in the moment, but also a direct effect on your genetics moving forward. The number one cause of
inflammation and fatigue in most patients is related to their daily food intake choices.

Exercise plays a key role in brain function, as well as maintenance of muscle mass and bone density. When you exercise and move the body daily, your body produces a chemical called BDNF that promotes brain growth and repair. When you are inactive, your brain actually shrinks in both size and function. When muscles and bones are worked with resistance training on a regular basis, they stay strong and functional. When you are inactive and don’t put stress on the body, you lose muscle mass and bone density. It is a use it or lose it system.

Tips to take an active role in your health:
 Maintain a healthy body weight. Excess body fat is very inflammatory and is one of the main causes of type II diabetes, Hypertension, and High Cholesterol. Losing even 1 to 2 pounds of body fat has been shown to have positive health benefits.
Eat a healthy, real-food based diet. Eliminate chemical based processed foods and concentrate more on fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins. Take time every week to think about what you are going to eat and prep and plan for success.
Get active. The good news here is that a little goes a long way. Try to get in at minimum of
three weight resistance workouts weekly (30 minutes or more) to maintain lean muscle, strength, and bone density. Daily cardiovascular exercise of 20 to 30 minutes to promote
cognitive and cardiovascular health.
Have structure plan and learn from your mistakes. Just like everything else in life, you need to have a structured plan for success. Don’t give up! Managing your healthy lifestyle is a
marathon, not a sprint, so over time you will make adjustments to your plan so it works for you.

Give your body the daily attention it deserves and treat it right, and you will be happy with how your body will take care of you!

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