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The liver+hormone health link

Updated: Aug 22, 2023

One of the many functions of our liver is to help regulate the balance of sex hormones, thyroid hormones, cortisone and other adrenal hormones.

The liver transforms or removes any excess hormones from the body.

A range of factors can impact your liver health -

  • alcohol consumption

  • certain medications or diseases

  • infections, accumulation of fat in the liver

  • exposure to toxins in our skin, hair, body, home cleaning products, plastics and cookware and other environmental toxins

  • genetic factors can contribute to liver problems

If your liver is not functioning optimally or has a liver condition, it may not be able to properly remove hormones, e.g. estrogen, at its normal rate. That means estrogen can be poorly metabolised and is reabsorbed in the body, leading to a hormonal imbalance.

Liver issues and hormonal imbalances can be associated with symptoms related to the following:

  • Weight - unexplained weight gain or weight loss

  • Mood - irritability, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, fatigue

  • Physical - unexplained or excessive sweating, changes in sensitivity to cold and heat

  • Skin - dry skin or rashes

  • Heart - changes in blood pressure or heart rate

  • Bones - brittle or weak bones

  • Digestion - bloating, changes in blood sugar concentration

  • Sex - reduced sex drive

A healthy liver supports optimal hormonal health & balance.

We can take several steps to support our liver & hormonal health that can also be discussed with your health professional in conjunction with the medical treatments you are pursuing.

Normally our bodies would process these extra toxins out through the liver. But due to nutrition choices, increased stress levels and substances that add pressure to our livers, such as alcohol and caffeine, our liver function is often compromised, and we struggle to clear it.

Often our nutrition choices and modern-day stress levels contribute to nutrient deficiencies. Without adequate nutrients, the liver cannot successfully detoxify toxins from the body.

Detoxification is essential to hormone health & balance.

Your liver has two main phases that detoxify toxins and excess hormones from the body. For most, the first phase of the liver works efficiently; the second phase is often sluggish.

This means molecules easily pass through the first phase and are backed up in the second phase. The liver then recirculates the remaining molecules back into the body, leading to issues. If these remaining molecules are hormones - which often they are- this contributes to confused messages in the body, which contributes to a hormone imbalance.

Generally, to promote good liver health, it is essential to:

  • Maintain a healthy weight

  • Eat a balanced diet, including plenty of fibre

  • Exercise regularly

  • Avoid illicit drugs & reduce or avoid alcohol consumption

  • Support your body's detoxification processes

  • Reduce toxin exposure

Here is a simple liver cleanse for 21 days (for best results) or longer that supports liver cleansing and hormonal health.

Make and freeze the Ginger shots in advance, and add one to the Liver Cleanse as an optional add-on every morning.

As an alternative to the four essential oils used above, you can use the Zendocrine blend.


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