We all know how important the liver is for detoxing things like alcohol and drugs from the body but did you realise that the liver actually processes all our internal chemicals too?
That includes your hormones! Our hormones circulate around the body binding to different receptors which then has a cascade of effects resulting in things like ovulation and your period.
Circulating hormones eventually need to be broken down and excreted so they don’t continue building up and moving around the blood stream, resulting in imbalance.
This is the liver’s job, however, due to certain lifestyle factors, the poor liver is often so overburdened by external ‘toxins’ that it puts hormones to the side.
The body wants to get rid of foreign entities first so the liver will often prioritise pesticides from our food, chemicals from plastic or skincare, alcohol, medication, etc. first.
This means that hormones can build up or get stored elsewhere resulting all sorts of symptoms associated with the menstrual cycle and menopause.
For these reasons, liver support is always a part of my hormone support treatments. Herbs like St Mary's Thistle, Globe Artichoke, Dandelion, Turmeric and Broccoli Sprouts, as well as nutritionals such as NAC and calcium d-glucarate are fantastic for liver work.
However, there’s only so much the herbs can do! It’s up to you to also reduce the burden on your liver if you suffer from any hormonal symptoms.
Love your liver guys 🤍