A Starving Liver
What could possibly make you want to eat so much? A starving liver—a
liver that is in desperate need of the three Cs: critical clean carbohydrates.
What your liver is not hungry for is fat calories, which most everyone is
consuming in high quantities. What it’s really starving for is glucose from
fruits and carbohydrate rich vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes, and
winter squashes. However, when there is fat in the liver and in the blood from
the high fat foods most of us consume from the time we begin eating solid
foods, the liver is unable to access any glucose we do eat.
If you’re thinking that you don’t eat a high fat diet, it’s important to
know that high protein diets are actually high fat diets. Almost every high
protein food is inherently high in fat also, including eggs, chicken, nuts,
seeds, milk, cheese, fish, beef, bacon, tofu, and more. Some of these foods
like eggs and dairy are best avoided because of the ways they contribute to
chronic illness and symptoms, which I explain in Liver Rescue. Other high protein
and high fat foods can still be included, but it’s important they don’t
dominate your diet so you can make space for more glucose-rich foods like
fruits, potatoes, and winter squashes. To fully understand why the high protein
and high fat trends have gained so much traction and what you can do about it,
I wrote a whole chapter on this topic in Liver Rescue.
Now you know that your liver is starving for glucose. It’s this
desperate need for glucose that drives the intense hunger people can experience
where they feel like they can just keep eating and eating. A healthy liver has
built up glycogen reserves. These reserves are compacted glucose in the tissue
used to fuel your body, keep your organs healthy, and prevent disease. When the
liver is forced to store fat instead, it loses its glycogen storage and begins
Fats also inhibit glucose from entering into the cells of other organs
with ease. The heart, for example, is a muscle that requires glucose, or it
weakens. In this case, no matter a person’s incredibly fit physique, he or she
can eventually be heart attack bound if the diet is always too high in fat or
protein and not enough glucose. Until fat is lowered in the diet so glucose can
get into the liver and other cells and organs of the body, and there is
sufficient glucose from fruits and carbohydrate rich vegetables being consumed,
the liver will keep crying out for more of the fuel it needs, which means the
constant hunger someone is experiencing will continue. Once the liver gets the
breaks from fat it needs and sufficient glucose, and has the opportunity to
heal, the constant hunger will begin to fall away
In addition to fats, our livers are under stress from pathogenic
activity in our bodies. Viruses and bacteria sit in the liver and feed off of
toxic heavy metals (think: copper, steal, mercury, lead, alloys, and many more).
Some people might have one or two varieties of streptococcus, for example, as
opposed to others with five or eight varieties, while someone else might have a
different bacteria and a virus like HHV6. But do not be deceived—everyone has
viruses in the liver, Epstein-Barr being the most common, and bacteria like
Pharmaceuticals, pesticides, and plastic residue also accumulate to
create a landfill in the liver that further prevents it from accessing glucose.
For a full list of the hundreds of different “Liver Troublemakers” that can
affect the health of your liver, check out Liver Rescue. While some of them
are a part of our everyday lives that can’t be avoided, others can be minimized
or you can prevent exposure or consumption altogether. All of these
troublemakers, in addition to too much fat and protein in the diet, can lead to
a sluggish or fatty liver, which is always present in someone with mystery
If you are not feeling the effects of a fatty or stressed liver causing
the mystery hunger symptom now, it doesn’t mean you aren’t living with other
symptoms caused by a stressed liver. Unfortunately this burden the liver
carries will finally catch up with you. However, with the right foods and
healing steps, you can turn this around and bring your liver back to health.
What Can You Do?
I am not talking about table sugars when I tell you your sugar intake
needs to increase. Fruit, sweet potatoes, all varieties of potatoes, and winter
squashes are your answers. Do not be afraid of the word fructose. Do not cheat
yourself from healing fruits like apples, berries, melons, grapes, bananas,
peaches, and plums. Fruit fear is rampant today and it’s absolutely critical
for your health and your loved ones’ health that you know the truth about fruit.
When the liver’s glucose needs are satisfied, it shuts down your hunger signal.
All of the above are perfect examples of critical clean carbohydrates that
refuel the liver.
Mineral salts are another part of the equation. This means adding more
leafy greens, celery, spinach, brussels sprouts, and asparagus into your diet.
Of course, and perhaps most importantly, do not forget to drink your celery
juice. If you can, try to drink at least 16 ounces of straight celery juice a
day. The mineral salts in celery juice will help your liver rid itself of the
sludge that is hanging around from unwanted viruses and other toxins.
As always, along with these do’s there are also a few don’ts. Whether
you are vegan, paleo, or vegetarian, it is time to reduce the amount of fat in
your diet for the reason I have shared. Even lean meats are full of fat. You do
not have to eat the chicken skin to consume fat. Fat runs throughout all meats,
in its juice, and in fish oil. When you think protein, think fat. For the
meat-eaters out there, that means reducing your meat consumption to once a day.
For vegetarians, cut out the eggs and dairy products for this reason but
also the many other reasons I share in Liver Rescue.
Vegans, limit the amount of nut butters, tahini, oils, and avocados you are
eating. By eating too much of any of these foods, we are doing serious damage
to our livers in the long run.
Remember, you are supposed to get hungry during the day and it’s good to
snack on the right foods every hour and a half to two hours for your adrenals
(I share more on this in my books), but constant or insatiable hunger is a
signal, a call for help from your liver. It is a sign of a fatty or pre-fatty
liver—that the organ is stressed and unable to store glucose. At one point in
time, conventional medicine knew that a high-fat diet meant fat build-up in the
organs. But with an influx of trends and marketing campaigns and hidden agendas
at industry level, the truth has been swept under the carpet.
Do not be afraid to heal with the right information, which is truths I
share here and in Liver Rescue. Sometimes there are
emotional crises that can set us back when it comes to our health and our
eating habits. The important thing is that we keep putting one foot in front of
the other and making the best choices we can at any time. If you need help
changing your diet or creating great meals, Liver
Rescue includes many delicious low fat recipes that include
foods that are healing to the liver. Take it one day at a time—your hunger is
not something to conquer, nor is it a shortcoming. It’s a signal that your
liver needs you and it can be turned around