Transcript #446 Why Keto Doesn’t Work for Women with Wendy Myers
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- Find out what’s in store for this Myers Detox Podcast where I got over the reasons that keto doesn’t work for women, its pros and cons, and the hidden keto flaw. If the Keto Diet didn’t work for you, you didn’t lose weight, or you felt more fatigued, I’m going to explain exactly why that happened. I’m also going to cover why the keto diet can cause hormone imbalance, and why it essential that your liver function well while doing the keto diet. I’m going over so many great topics on the keto diet today, and how to do the keto diet correctly, so tune in!
- Find out why the keto diet often doesn’t work for women, and what you need to do in order for it to be effective.
- Learn about keto’s hidden flaw, and why the liver needs to work overtime while you’re on the diet.
- Learn how you can better digest fat, which is essential for your health while doing the keto diet.
- Find out how the keto diet affects thyroid function, poor sex hormone production, mineral depletion, and fatigue.
- Learn about the preliminary steps that I recommend people do if the keto diet isn’t quite working for them but they still want its benefits.
- Find out about my 14 Day Liver Rehab Cleanse Challenge that is a perfect way to optimize your liver and prep it for doing a keto diet.
- Learn how carb cycling is a great way to get overcome issues with the keto diet.
- Find out how toxins can get stored in your fat cells and lead to many complications including weight loss resistance if your liver isn’t functioning properly while you’re doing the keto diet.
- Learn about the 6 signs that your liver is too toxic.
Dr. Wendy Myers: Hello, everyone. How are you doing? I’m Dr. Wendy Myers. Welcome to the Myers Detox Podcast. And on today’s show, I’m going to be talking to you about the keto diet and some problems with the keto diet. Many people try the keto diet and are unsuccessful, don’t feel well on the diet, or don’t lose weight. So I’m going to talk about some of the pros and cons of the keto diet today. It’s going to be a great podcast. And so we’re going to talk about if keto didn’t work for you and you didn’t lose weight, or you felt nauseated or more tired, I’m going to talk about why that is exactly. I’ll talk about some problems with the keto diet and why it can negatively impact hormones because you need carbs to make hormones
Dr. Wendy Myers: I’ll talk about why keto doesn’t work if your liver isn’t functioning properly. I’m going to talk about the hidden keto flaw that a lot of proponents of the keto diet don’t tell you. Is the keto diet safe long-term? And I’ll talk about how to do keto correctly. So some tips for cycling keto to optimize hormone balance and more. So really important to listen to this if you are a female, especially a menopausal female looking to do the keto diet and lose some weight. So there’s a lot of scientific research behind the keto diet for many specific health issues. And it’s great for weight loss. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it. So stay tuned.
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Dr. Wendy Myers: So, first off, I’m going to talk about why keto doesn’t work for women and what you can do. So if keto didn’t work for you at some point, you didn’t lose weight, or you felt nauseous, bloated, or more tired than usual, I’ll explain why that was happening. I’m going to be talking about some of the main problems with the keto diet and how it negatively impacts your hormones, your thyroid hormones, and your adrenal hormones. You need carbs to make hormones. I’ll also talk about how it doesn’t work if your liver isn’t functioning properly and some other things. I’ll talk about the hidden keto flaw that a lot of people aren’t aware of and answer the question: is keto safe long-term? Can you do this diet as just a regular habit? And how to do keto correctly. So I’ll talk about some tips to do it to optimize hormone balance and some other things as well.
Dr. Wendy Myers: And so keto is all the rage right now, but on the keto diet, you’re going to get most of your calories from fat. That’s the whole premise of it. You’ll get a moderate amount of calories from protein, about 20 to 25% from protein, and very few from carbohydrates. So about 5% of your calories from carbohydrates, counting or amounting to about 22,50 grams of carbs a day, which is not that much. And so, this combination puts you into a fat-burning state called ketosis. And the keto diet is made up of mostly fats and about 75% of your daily calories, some protein, about 20, 25%, and 5% carbs.
Dr. Wendy Myers: And so eating a lot of fat and very few carbs puts you in ketosis, which is a metabolic state of burning fat instead of sugar for energy, just for anyone who’s not clear on that. But when your body can’t get glucose from carbs, your liver converts fatty acids from your diet into molecules called ketones, an alternative energy source. And burning ketones instead of sugar helps you drop weight fast and reduce inflammation for the body, and many of the benefits that we see with the keto diet.
Dr. Wendy Myers: And I’m not knocking the keto diet. There’s lots of research out there that shows that it helps with cancer, that it helps with epilepsy, seizures, and other health issues, dementia, and things like that. But it has to be done correctly. And there is a special kind of consideration when it comes to women that we need to be thinking about. And that’s why I want to clarify on this podcast or this show. And so, keto creates a fuel called ketones in your body. And that’s the goal of the diet, burning ketones instead of glucose. But it’s not for everyone.
Dr. Wendy Myers: So many women have issues with this diet or don’t experience the benefits of weight loss, et cetera. And other benefits are fat burning. A lot of women are turning to keto to lose weight quickly, and a lot of it very quickly. And one of the reasons also it helps to lose weight is that ketones suppress ghrelin, or your hunger hormone, and increase something called CCK, which keeps you feeling full longer. And so, if you’re not hungry, it’s easier to go for longer periods without eating. And this encourages your body to reach into its stores of fat for energy.
Dr. Wendy Myers: Another benefit of the keto diet, it lowers inflammation. So this could protect you against major illnesses like heart disease and Alzheimer’s, etcetera. And in one study, obese patients showed less inflammation in their liver after following the keto diet for about six months. So that’s great. And also, the keto diet will boost energy. So ketosis helps the brain create more mitochondria, the energy generators within your cells. And ketones are also a steadier energy source compared to glucose, which can fluctuate and go up and down. So rather than depending on eating carbs for fuel, your body can dip into its fat stores, which there’s plenty of, any time for energy, leaving you with a leaner physique. And if you haven’t tried the keto diet, you probably know somebody that has.
Dr. Wendy Myers: But keto has a major hidden flaw, and women are especially susceptible to it. And one of those reasons is that so many people who try keto and follow it perfectly experience symptoms like the keto flu. They get fatigue and brain fog. They can experience hormone imbalance, digestive issues, nausea, trouble sleeping, and, ironically, weight gain for some people. And they can also get muscle aches, chills, sore throat, and stomach pain. It’s kind of like they have the flu. And irritability. Let’s not forget that one when you’re on a diet.
Dr. Wendy Myers: These symptoms are normal for the first two weeks on a keto diet. That’s just kind of part of the program. About a day or two into starting a keto diet, you can start experiencing some of these symptoms, not necessarily all, but a few. And then it can continue for a few more days up to even a month. So on average, it’s normal for about two weeks on average after starting a keto diet. And it’s your body’s natural response while it adapts to burning fat instead of glucose for fuel. And the issue is if some of these symptoms persist for longer than a few days, or even a couple of weeks, at some point while on a keto diet, you have to start thinking about what am I doing wrong? Is this the right diet for me? Because these symptoms should not continue.
Dr. Wendy Myers: And so let’s just reflect on that for a moment. 100 million people. The Liver Foundation reported these numbers. And I’ve also seen information in studies that fatty liver prevalence is about the same as metabolic syndrome, which affects about 25 to 30% of the population in the US. It’s higher for Germany. About 33% of the population has metabolic syndrome. And it’s lower in other countries. But in the US, it’s 25 to 30% of the population. That is staggering. And it’s really a testament to when you are eating a really bad diet full of sugar and refined carbohydrates. You’ve been doing that for years, and your liver has to deal with all that and all the heavy metals and the chemicals in the environment. Your liver is under a tremendous amount of stress. And when you have fatty liver, you have a diagnosable condition, and you are going to have a compromised liver function. You’re not going to be able to break down all that fat.
Dr. Wendy Myers: And so these people can miss out on the benefits and suffer the dark side of the keto diet, even if they’re following the program to a T, they’re doing it perfectly. And believe me, I have lots of female clients coming to me that are doing the keto diet. They’re doing everything perfectly. It is not working for them. And so I wanted to talk about this on the show today.
Dr. Wendy Myers: And how do you help improve digestion of fat? There are a number of things you can do. You need to improve liver function. So that’s really, really important. And you need an improved liver function, but more importantly, optimized bile, the function of bile flow, and bile production in a number of ways. Because bile helps the body not only to break down fats but absorb toxins, much like a binder. And so you can improve bile production by eating bitter, bile-enhancing foods like beets and lemons, and artichokes or sunchokes are helpful. And there are many other foods as well, but those are the top ones.
Dr. Wendy Myers: You also need the basic building blocks or nutrients to make bile, and phosphatidylcholine, or PC, is a raw building block to make bile. This is on all the liposomal supplements. So a lot of times, I’ll give people supplements that they’re in a liposome, and that helps whatever ingredients in that supplement absorb better, but it also helps to make bile. And bitters are great. So these are just herbs and substances that are bitter. They’re usually in a tincture. Quicksilver Scientific makes a great one. It’s called BitterX. That’s bitters in a liposome. So they have better absorption, and they taste really bitter. So all these bitter foods stimulate your liver to make more bile and to make hydrochloric acid, and digestive enzymes. And so, eating bitter foods is a great way to improve digestion. Also, my CitriCleanse binder, this product right here, has a bitter taste. It’s grapefruit citrus pectin. So that bitter grapefruit also helps to increase bile production as well, which is why I wanted that in there. We don’t have enough bitter foods in our diet.
Dr. Wendy Myers: Another thing is TUDCA. TUDCA is really awesome. This is another nutrient that I take. It’s a kind of amino acid that helps to make bile and just improves liver function and improves blood sugar control. This is the only pure source. You get it on Amazon. This is a pure source of the TUDCA. Love that name. And so, those are great tips on improving bile flow. Coffee enemas are also great to help make more bile and cleanse the liver and colon. They’re awesome. I love them.
Dr. Wendy Myers: So I want to talk about some other well-known pitfalls of keto that affect women disproportionately. And they include lowered thyroid function, poor sex hormone production, mineral depletion, and fatigue. So I’ll go into more details about each of these. So number one, thyroid function. So severe, long-term carb restriction can cause your T3 thyroid hormone to drop. This is the active form of your thyroid hormone. This is really, really key. We need that to increase our metabolism, to turn our brain on, and prevent depression; really, really important. There are a lot of things working against T3. Like mercury poisoning will prevent the production of thyroid hormones, T4, and then its conversion from T4 to T3, the active form. And then, if you’re on a long-term restrictive carb diet, this can also drop your T3 as well. So this is not everybody, but I think a lot of people have thyroid issues to begin with, and the keto diet can exacerbate these for people. So it’s something to be aware of. And the symptoms are weight gain, brain fog, and low energy. Those are the classic symptoms.
Dr. Wendy Myers: Number two, reduced hormone production. So carbs are required to make hormones. And so you doing keto long-term, and I’m saying like maybe longer than six months, seven months, can really throw your sex and stress hormones out of balance. So this makes it worse for women since we’re far more complex hormonally than men. And I’ll talk about the work around that. But my point is I don’t like people who are too extreme. Certain diets are therapeutic. The keto diet is therapeutic. You want to do it until you lose weight. And then perhaps you need to switch, switch to a different type of diet, or eat more carbohydrates. And recognizing when something isn’t working for you any longer and trying to troubleshoot why it’s not working for you.
Dr. Wendy Myers: There’s a lot of fad diets and diet dogma out there. And I’m not really into anything that’s really dogmatic where you have to do this one diet. This diet’s the end-all, be-all for everything. Everyone is very, very different. And what worked for you at one point may not work for you long term. And that holds true for a lot of different diets, including the vegan diet. People feel amazing after they start the vegan diet, but there’s a point of diminishing returns where it starts affecting their health because you need animal protein for your liver to detox. You need certain nutrients in animal protein. And not a lot. You need some to be optimally healthy. You need fat-soluble vitamins and other things that are not found in the vegan diet. But back to keto. Keto’s just another example of a type of diet that you don’t want to do long-term. You don’t want to do carb restriction long-term.
Dr. Wendy Myers: And so number three, mineral loss. So your body needs a lot of water to store glycogen. And so, this is the energy that you store in your liver. And that’s why you lose several pounds of water weight in your first few days when starting the keto diet. You’re emptying your glycogen stores out of your liver and getting rid of the water that goes with them. And as you lose water, your kidneys lose and excrete electrolytes like sodium, magnesium, and potassium to keep your system in balance. So once you’re in ketosis, you continue to excrete electrolytes. This can lead to deficiencies down the line that will manifest as muscle cramps, headaches, fatigue, and things like that and heart palpitations.
Dr. Wendy Myers: So I recommend this product called Healthy Salt to get the needed minerals and electrolytes. So I love Healthy Salt. I’m always talking about it. I love it so much. It comes in these little jars, and I’m really excited. I can’t find mine. Oh, here it is. So it’s called Healthy Salt. This stuff is so awesome. And the charge is a little bit expensive, but this lasts about six months, but the company is going to put it in tiny jars so that people can just try it and see how they like it. In 10 years, this is the best mineral supplement that I’ve ever found. And I’ve tried many of them, believe me because I’ve done a lot of research on minerals and wrote a lot about those and their importance. I use minerals to detox people. This is the best mineral supplement I’ve ever found. And the reason is because Healthy Salt’s 25% minerals, whereas sea salt’s 1% mineral, Himalayan salt’s 0.8% minerals, is not that impressive.
Dr. Wendy Myers: So I’m going to put a link right here to this Healthy Salt. I love it. So amazing. And so I’ll leave that there for you guys. And so you’ve got to replace minerals when you’re doing keto, and that’s something that can be said every day. All of us need to be repleting minerals and taking minerals. It’s not very sexy in the supplement world. Not a lot of people are selling mineral supplements that really get people excited and worked up. So it’s just something that a lot of people skip, and they’re taking things that are more interesting, like turmeric, resveratrol, or antioxidants. I need this. And they read an article about something and get excited about it. But they’re missing the point. Minerals are more important than a lot of these other products out there. Minerals are the spark plugs of the body. We don’t want to do things that cause us to lose them.
Dr. Wendy Myers: And so number four, one of the pitfalls of keto is that long-term carb restriction can be very stressful to your HPA access or hypothalamic pituitary adrenal access. So that’s all the glands that coordinate to make all of your stress hormones. And again, in some people, long-term carb restriction can make some people really, really tired and fatigued. For other people, it’s just their panacea. It gives them tons and tons of energy. They start going into fat-burning effortlessly and really become big proponents and voices of the diet. And for other people, that’s just not how their body works. So if you’re doing something it’s not working for you, listen to your body.
Dr. Wendy Myers: So also, if you experience any of these symptoms mentioned above, you have to avoid or give up keto entirely or change up what you’re doing. But you can enjoy all of these benefits with some slight modifications. It’s really up to you. For some people, keto is not going to work for them. They have to take some preliminary steps first or they can make these modifications.
Dr. Wendy Myers: So number one, you need to optimize your liver function to digest all of that fat. So you have to have bile. Your liver has to make plenty of bile. You need to take nutrients to optimize bile flow. You need to cleanse your liver. You need to purge your liver on a regular basis. There are a lot of things I teach people about how to care for their liver, super important. And also, you may want to add back in some carbohydrates one to two, three times per week, or what’s called carb cycling. And this is especially true for women that are, say, in perimenopause or menopause or menstruating. You want to be cycling your carbohydrates. Like some websites, I was reading, say, only fuel up with carbs once a week.
Dr. Wendy Myers: But that may be great for a man, but for a woman who is hormonally compromised, that really needs to make hormones to feel good. You have to have carbohydrates to make hormones. So it’s good to cycle them, where you’re eating carbs the last two weeks of your cycle before you have a period and then restricting carbs more heavily the two weeks right after you have a period. And that can allow the hormones that you need to make to be made. And this can also be done with a woman who is perimenopausal or menopausal just to optimize the hormones they can make. So we don’t want to do a restrictive diet that’s going to throw a wrench in hormone production. So there’s a right and wrong way to do these things.
Dr. Wendy Myers: And so I tell any client who’s interested in the keto diet to do a liver detox first. Because you’ve got to optimize your liver’s ability to digest fat before you can enjoy a lot of the health and weight-loss benefits of keto. And by removing toxins from your liver, you’ll be primed to make the most of keto or any other detox or diet program that you’re considering. But that’s not all because your liver is also key to healthy hormonal balance. Because in addition to helping break down dietary fats, your liver metabolizes excess hormones. And so, if it’s not working properly, you can build up excess toxic estrogens that can cause symptoms like weight gain and mood issues. And it can really throw a wrench into a perfectly followed keto diet. And so, knowing how to maintain a healthy and optimized liver is one of the best things you’ll ever do for your health, and I cannot stress this enough. And the result when you focus on liver function is you have less belly fat, you have a balanced mood, and you have more energy.
Dr. Wendy Myers: And I am leading a cleanse. It’s called the Liver Rehab Cleanse Challenge. It’s a two-week cleanse. And you’ll get the exact liver detox protocols that have worked for me and for thousands of my clients by checking this out. So I’m going to give you guys a link to check out my 14-Day Liver Rehab Cleanse. Because if you are wanting to try the keto diet or you‘ve tried the keto diet before, and it just hasn’t worked for you, and you can’t figure out why and you’re doing everything right, and you have your ketone meter and just doing all these things, and it just isn’t working for, you just feel terrible when you’re doing it, you’ve got to focus on optimizing your liver function first. And that can really, really help.
Dr. Wendy Myers: And the next thing I want to talk about is how you can overcome issues with keto with cyclical ketosis, or carb cycling. And so the cycled keto diet involves like one day a week of carb loading. For the other six days, you follow the low-carb keto diet, which is the standard keto diet. And when you’re following the cyclical keto diet, you eat lots of fat and very few carbs. And on day seven, you eat more carbs, roughly about 150 grams. And that’s what’s called a carb refeed day. And the benefits of this and it’s a kind of a workaround to help you do keto on a more long-term basis. This satisfies the carb cravings that you have and fuels the brain. It helps with weight loss when other diets aren’t working so great. It improves sleep; it improves immunity. You have a healthier balance of gut bacteria and also a better mood as well.
Dr. Wendy Myers: And so that’s kind of the basis of carb cycling I talked about for women. They probably need to go a little bit heavier on carbs two weeks before their menses. Or, if you are perimenopausal or menopausal, you don’t have a regular cycle. You want to go like two weeks on keto, two weeks where you eat a lot more carbs and just kind of cycle in that way as well.
Dr. Wendy Myers: So when your liver is clogged, congested, or overwhelmed, this creates a backload of toxins the liver cannot process. And so, the body is forced to store toxins in your fat cells. And so this is a huge reason why so many people can’t lose weight. A lot of people are doing keto to try to lose weight and burn that fat. But the body has to store these toxins somewhere. A lot of them are fat-soluble toxins. So naturally, they store in the fat of the body. But they are also stored in the brain in the central nervous system that’s made of fat.
Dr. Wendy Myers: But your body will hold on to fat cells to have a place to store toxins. Like they’re almost like garbage cans. And in your body, if you have these toxins, your body will resist your weight-loss efforts because it needs these storage receptacles. And it’s a survival mechanism that can only be broken by stopping the influx of toxins, cleansing the body, and detoxing the liver and the body. So you have to kind of look in your environment, identify toxins in your beauty products, your food, your water, the air that you’re breathing, whatever you can identify in your environment, and try to stop that influx of toxins and remove what you have. And that includes also purging the liver, cleansing the liver, and supporting the liver as well.
Dr. Wendy Myers: And on the flip side of this, it’s interesting, when people are, some of them get very dogmatic. They’re like, “I’m going to lose weight,” and they do a hardcore keto diet. They will starve themselves. They’ll take diet pills. They will just do everything to purge the fat they have in their body. And what can end up happening is if you push your body to a certain limit, it’s going to concede. So whereby a normal level of effort would cause weight loss, a lot of women find that they can’t. Their body is resisting that because there are toxins in the fat cells. And so they push even harder, and they force their body to lose that weight. And all these toxins come into their bloodstream because they’re losing the fat, the fat cells are shrinking, and they feel terrible, or they feel fatigued, irritable and angry, or brain fog. And they don’t really understand why. You can think, “Oh, it’s just my diet,” but it can be these toxins coming out into your system. So you want to be aware of that.
Dr. Wendy Myers: I even had a girlfriend who lost a hundred pounds in a very short period. And she developed this cyst at the base of her spine. And why does the body create cysts? It’s a place to store toxins to kind of envelop them so that they don’t harm the body. And so, she had to have that surgically removed. But I know why that was created. But I think a lot of people don’t make that connection with cysts where the body is storing toxins in those. So you want to be aware of this when you’re losing weight, especially if you have really, really rapid weight loss. You need to take stuff to absorb that garbage. And my CitriCleanse is a perfect binder to absorb all kinds of toxins, pesticides, and things that are stored.
Dr. Wendy Myers: And so by purging and cleansing the liver, people can stop this vicious cycle and promote weight loss and detox as well. Because I talked about people having trouble losing weight because they have toxins in their fat cells. So just detoxing the body can kind of assist in your weight-loss efforts and make you not feel like you’re a hamster on a wheel doing all this stuff and going nowhere. This is a huge common cause of resistant weight loss and weight gain, which is why many people are doing keto in the first place.
Dr. Wendy Myers: So, in addition to liver cleansing and detoxification, you can’t just think about this once a year and forget it. Just do a spring cleanse. You’ve got to cleanse your liver on a regular basis. And this is such an important skill set to know. I cannot emphasize it enough. And it’s really my mission. I’m so passionate about teaching people how to detox their bodies. And this begins with cleansing the liver, clearing this detox pathway to facilitate detoxification of the body of heavy metals and chemicals. And so that’s why I created this easy guided course called the 14-Day Liver Rehab Challenge.
Dr. Wendy Myers: And so I want you guys to take this with me. I’m so proud of this course because I talk a lot about detox, but you can’t effectively detox if your liver is struggling. And my 14-Day Liver Rehab Cleanse is the best of everything that I’ve learned about liver detox over the years. And I’ve spent a fortune on all kinds of supplements and cleanses and tried different detox protocols. And I’ve worked with thousands of people one-on-one and in group programs, and I’ve learned, often the hard way, what works and what doesn’t when it comes to liver cleansing. And what I’ve learned and what I have in this course, it’s easy, it’s doable. It doesn’t inconvenience you with a detox crisis or detox reactions that prevent people from working or enjoying their life.
Dr. Wendy Myers: And when you do this course, a lot comes with a lot, they get three live webinars, and we’ll have nine videos in that course, like all different types of videos on liver cleansing, doing a liver gallbladder flush, about emotional constipation, and how your liver’s very much involved in your emotions. And you’ll also get seven e-guides that are in my Liver Rescue E-library. So this has all kinds of information as well.
Dr. Wendy Myers: We cover the toxic liver epidemic and why liver detox is not optional today. And how do you use liver cleansing to optimize weight loss, hormones, and sleep? A lot of people don’t realize your liver is very much involved in your circadian rhythms. A lot of people wake up in the middle of the night, and they can’t go back to sleep. It’s their liver. And they really need to focus on liver health, not taking sleeping pills. And we’ll talk about secrets of phases one and two of liver detox. And we’ll talk about the liver rehab diet, the best and the worst foods for your liver, why most liver detox supplements fail, and we’ll discuss advanced liver detox protocols like coffee enemas, castor oil packs, liver gallbladder flushes, how to do them all correctly and kind of demystify those. There’s a lot of BS that goes around about coffee enemas and liver gallbladder flushes that are dangerous or don’t do because of this reason. And it’s really just a bunch of hooey.
Dr. Wendy Myers: When you focus on cleansing your liver, you will have vibrant health. There are so many chronic health issues that are connected to poor liver functioning. If you optimize your liver, you’re going to prevent disease. It’s so key. People don’t understand. And we’re also going to talk about the top nutrients to support your liver. When they’re trying to lose weight, they focus on what type of diet they’re eating, calorie restricting, or doing other things that they think it’s about something they’re doing wrong or eating wrong. And that may very well be the case. If you’re eating tons of gluten and tons of sugar and refined carbohydrates, yeah, you probably need to work on your diet.
Dr. Wendy Myers: But a lot of people that I deal with, that I talk to are eating, I mean, just an amazing diet, a flawless diet, and their weight isn’t normalizing. And this happens to a lot of people, and they feel very frustrated. They blame themselves. I’m not working hard enough. I’m not disciplined enough. There’s something wrong with me. I don’t have self-control. But the reality is that biology will always overcome willpower, and your liver plays a huge role in your ability to lose weight. And so this is something that I hear almost nobody talking about, and you have to cleanse your liver and optimize its functioning. I’m going to give you all the keys to do that. Because your liver impacts your metabolism, and it sets your melatonin. It digests all your fats. It controls your blood sugar. All of these things, sleep, blood sugar control, and digestion, are really key factors in the ability to lose weight. Because if you’re not sleeping, your cortisol’s going to go through the roof the next day, then your blood sugars are going to go up, and your snacking and cravings are going to increase.
Dr. Wendy Myers: If you don’t have good blood sugar control because your liver isn’t managing that very well, you’re going to have perhaps insulin resistance and more cravings. It plays a role in that. If you are not absorbing the food that you’re eating, you’re not going to get the nutrients out of it, and your body is going to make you want to eat more food if it’s not getting the nutrients that it needs because you’re not absorbing the food. That’s such a huge thing. A lot of people don’t realize it. It doesn’t matter what you eat. It only matters what you absorb. And so, a lot of people with liver issues don’t realize the role that it’s playing in their inability to lose weight or sustain weight loss. Or they’re gaining weight mysteriously. They’re gaining weight very, very quickly and don’t realize the liver’s role in that.
Dr. Wendy Myers: Also, when you cleanse your liver, you’re going to wake up with a lot more energy. It’s amazing how much more energy you’ll have when your liver is functioning better. People have better digestion. They don’t have as much gas and bloating, and indigestion. Because if your liver is producing better bile and signaling to your digestive tract to produce certain enzymes for digestion, you’ll feel better and have better digestion. Also, people have dark circles under their eyes, or they have kind of like ruddy skin, or they have lots of blemishes or rashes and things like that. When your liver is congested, toxins come out through your skin. You’ll have more blackheads, more whiteheads, more rashes, and more fungal infections. You’ll have metals and chemicals coming out through your skin and have all these things that are happening because your liver can’t keep up. It can’t keep up with taking out the trash. It’s got to kind of excrete somewhere. So, one of the first places a toxic liver shows up is in your eyes and your face.
Dr. Wendy Myers: I want to talk also about the six signs that your liver is too toxic. So the six signs are that you’re tired all the time. Your liver converts glucose into glycogen, and which is later released when your body needs a burst of energy. But if your liver is burned by toxins, it’s just overwhelmed by toxins, your glucose and energy regulation will be impaired, you’ll have a slower metabolism, hormones in your thyroid, which affect your metabolic rate and adiponectin, which affects fat burning and cravings or impacted by liver health, excess estrogen, and toxic synthetic estrogen, once it can’t be processed by a toxic liver will lead to weight gain as well. People will have more puffiness, gas and bloating. If you don’t make enough bile needed for digestion, fat absorption, digestion slows, foods back up, bad bacteria begin to take hold, people are going to have candida overgrowth. And this toxic off gassing from bad bacteria and undigested food lead to a puffy tummy, bloating and issues with gas. Also, sensitivity to chemicals or foods.
Dr. Wendy Myers: If you just cannot stand perfume, you can’t stand cigarette smoke, you walk into a department store and it just knocks you over, all the perfume and chemicals in the clothes. If your liver is toxic, you’re going to become extra sensitive to certain foods, especially weed corn, soy, and dairy or peanuts, and also chemicals and other toxins in the environment. And so this is because your liver is literally being pushed over the edge and a liver gallbladder flush dramatically improves food and chemical sensitivities. It’s amazing. Some people get their food allergies cleared with one liver gallbladder flush. Some people, it takes them a series, they have to do them once a month in order to get rid of them. But it’s really quite astonishing how people can get rid of their food sensitivities by doing liver gallbladder flushing. So we talk about that in the liver rehab course.
Dr. Wendy Myers: And then if people are having chronic sleep struggles, so they’re waking up routinely between two to 03:00 AM, sleep conditions are much more prevalent in those with chronic liver congestion, and this is because, like I mentioned before, the liver is involved in melatonin production. And melatonin is that circadian rhythm hormone and the hormone that our bodies naturally release to aid sleep. And so that’s really, really key. And then if you feel like you’re angry a lot, if you feel like you’re dealing with anger and irritability and frustration a lot, or you feel like emotionally constipated, you just feel like you can’t express emotions, many Chinese and Ayurvedic medical practitioners equate chronic anger to poor liver function, because the liver’s known as the seed of anger. So emotions like anxiety, rage, frustration, irritability, bitterness, or emotional loss of control can indicate the buildup of toxins in an angry liver. So that’s really, really key.
Dr. Wendy Myers: And this is really also, for me, what’s key as I always have been very calm and relaxed and just nothing really phased me, I just would take everything in stride and things would roll off my back that might really stress out other people, and I had just reached a tipping point when I was about 37 and I just found that I was getting angry all the time, I would be set off easily. I was online one time, I was paying my bills, and this company’s website wasn’t working so that I could get this task done, and all of a sudden I just became so enraged. I took my phone and I threw it against the wall and I smashed it, and I thought, who is this person?
Dr. Wendy Myers: And I’d been having bouts of anger, but I’m like, “Why am I reacting like this to this completely stupid task that could take five minutes? Why am I not being more calm?” And I just felt like I reached a point where I looked in the mirror and I didn’t recognize the person in the mirror. I was overweight, tired, brain fogged, quick to anger, and I was fighting in my relationship, not patient with my baby, and it was just not a good way to live. And when I look back now and when I look at how far I’ve come with my detoxification, with caring for my liver and doing liver cleansing and coffee enemas, and liver support nutrients and detoxing heavy metals, I don’t have that anymore. And so it’s really been great to come full circle and find myself again, find that person that I used to know that was just cool as a cucumber with everything, but it wasn’t always that way.
Dr. Wendy Myers: So all these six signs that I talk about, there are clear signs that your liver is overwhelmed with toxins, chemicals, heavy metals, and we get these from the air, food, water and beauty products, and your liver needs support. I firmly believe that today people need to be supporting their liver in many, many different ways. It’s not enough just to take milk thistle. That isn’t enough. You have to do more than that. And so in my 14 day liver rehab cleanse challenge, I have a library of videos to teach you how to cleanse your liver. So it’s a series of how-to videos that cover every aspect of the process from coffee enemas, to castor oil packs and beyond. And I made these videos actually to help you feel like you’re being coached and guided along every step of the way.
Dr. Wendy Myers: And the first video is everything you never wanted to know about coffee enemas, and the second video is how to do a coffee enema, that step by step process. Video three’s how to do liver gallbladder flushes. Video four is what if my liver enzymes are high? What does that mean? And what can you do to lower your liver enzymes? A lot of people are faced with this. Even very young people in their 20s and 30s have high liver enzymes, but the doctors like, “Oh, let’s just watch it.” They don’t really have any solution for that. So that’s not good enough for me. There’s always a way to address these things naturally. Video five, the liver gallbladder explained, and how to optimize your health without a gallbladder. So we talk about what your gallbladder does and help to optimize its function as well.
Dr. Wendy Myers: Video six is emotional constipation equals a constipated liver. Talk about all the emotional aspects of having poor liver health, and top supplements in foods for liver health, and we also talk about how to do a castor oil pack. And the last video is the fatty liver fix. So what fatty liver is, are you at risk, how to know if you have a fatty liver, maybe consider getting testing so that you’re aware of this and then can be proactive and do something about it. And so I want you to learn how to love your liver.
Dr. Wendy Myers: And again, I can’t reiterate enough, if you’ve tried the keto diet, it hasn’t worked for you, you may have a reduced or compromised ability to digest fat, and that is the problem. And you have to optimize your liver function, your gallbladder function to produce enough bile to digest all that fat. So that’s the hidden flaw in the keto diet that I wanted to talk to you guys about today. So thank you guys so much for tuning in and sticking with me. Really appreciate you guys sticking with me for this time and joining me every week on and thanks for tuning in. I’ll be here next week. Cooking up some juicy topics for you guys. And so join me on my 14 day liver cleanse, liver rehab challenge. It’s going to be so much fun. I’m going to lead you guys through these two weeks, doing all kinds of different things and teaching you all kinds of different things about how to love and care for your liver for life. Check it out and join us. I can’t wait to go see you guys there. Talk to you soon.