Is your liver causing your hormonal problems?

By Louise Belle BHSc (Nut Med)

Are you irritable? Do you have heavy, painful periods? Do you experience breast pain or sudden mood swings? Many women (and men) suffer each day, trying to cope with hormones that are completely out of whack. When your hormones are working in perfect harmony, everyone is happy and life is sweet. When hormones fall out of balance, they can cause complete chaos and lead to a whole range of symptoms that can interfere with your day to day life.

Your liver is the major cleansing and detoxification organ of your body and is responsible for breaking down and clearing out excess hormones (one of its many jobs). When excess oestrogen is floating around in the liver, it quickly removes it from circulation before it can cause damage. When your liver is sluggish and not functioning efficiently, its ability to break down oestrogen (and other hormones) is decreased. Oestrogen starts to build up in the body, and leads to oestrogen dominance. Oestrogen and progesterone need to be balanced with each other, but when oestrogen rises and progesterone drops, a whole range of hormonal issues can occur.

Your liver is constantly bombarded with chemicals and toxins from every angle, through car fumes, pesticides and herbicides, cleaning products, smoking, processed foods, artificial sweeteners, beauty products, alcohol and plastics. This places a large load on your liver and over time, it can cause inflammation or damage to the liver and lead to inefficient clearance of hormones. Another problem is the fact that many conventional cleaning and beauty products contain artificial chemicals that resemble oestrogen. These are known as xeno-oestrogens and mimic the effect of oestrogen in the body, leading to hormonal imbalance. These xeno-oestrogens may contribute to conditions such as premenstrual tension, endometriosis and fibroids.

Follow these tips

  • Ditch chemical products: Many conventional beauty, personal care and cleaning products contain nasty chemicals that overload the liver. Swap these products for natural, chemical free versions.
  • Swap plastic for glass: Using plastic bottles/containers are not only bad for the environment, but leach chemicals into your food and drinks, particularly when heated. Swap for glass alternatives.
  • Limit alcohol: This is an obvious one. Alcohol is toxic to the liver and will only do harm to it. Try to reduce your overall alcohol consumption to give your liver a break.
  • Drink water: Your liver needs water to flush out all the toxins, chemicals and waste products that it has to process. Aim for at least 2 litres of filtered water every day. Tip: If your urine is dark yellow or brown, you’re dehydrated.
  • Eat more veggies: Load up on a variety of brightly coloured fresh vegetables and fruit. These contain antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that help your liver work more efficiently. If organic produce is not an option, ensure that you wash your produce to remove pesticides.
  • Cut the carbs: High carbohydrate foods can lead to inflammation and fatty deposits in the liver. Cut the amount of rice, bread, pasta, sugar, soft drink, potato chips, and cake you are eating, and replace with healthier, lower carb options.
  • Progesterone: Bioidentical progesterone is identical to the natural progesterone produced by your body and can help to restore the balance. This needs to be prescribed by a qualified healthcare practitioner, and dispensed at a compounding pharmacy.
  • Support your liver: Along with following the points above, you can support your liver health with LivaTone Plus. The ingredients have been used in traditional European herbal medicine to promote healthy liver function.
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