Why a Happy Liver Leads to Healthy Hormones
Updated: Jan 12
I've been talking a lot about hormones on here. It's a passion topic of mine, but it's also an area that, as a health coach, I see the majority of my clientele suffering from needlessly. To catch up on the background check out this post!
Over the next week or so, I'm going to be talking about the ways in which our hormones are impacted at a deeper level.
You probably know you have a liver. But are you aware of how much it does for you?
From a Chinese medicine standpoint, the liver is responsible for the smooth flow of emotions and blood. It is most affected by stress and emotions.
Anger is the emotion associated with the Liver. If you are often irritable, get angry easily, have trouble unwinding from the day’s activities, have trouble reasoning or going with the flow and letting things go, you are experiencing a Liver function problem. Experiencing these emotions chronically or excessively can seriously unbalance the function of your Liver.
The Liver is actually a huge piece to the hormone puzzle. When your liver is working properly, it successfully eliminates excess estrogen, toxins and other hormones, allowing the body to function as it should. If the Liver is congested, backed up with too many toxins to process, it begins to dump the excess estrogen onto the uterus, which is one of the main causes of cramping and irregular cycles!
Back to estrogen. We are seeing a huge increase in the incidence of estrogen dominant issues:
These are NOT normal functions of the body, they are expressions of disease. It's really important that we understand how much our society has normalized a dysfunction of the body.
Estrogen dominance occurs from excess stress, inadequate nutrition (namely fiber in the form of leafy green vegetables), xenoestrogens (synthetic chemicals that mimic estrogen), alcohol and low progesterone.
So, how do we help the liver out?
Get lots of fiber and green leafy vegetables
Drink adequate water (urine should be clear and you should void several times daily)
Cut out the alcohol or at a minimum, greatly reduce it
Manage your stress
If you want more simple tips and tricks to getting your hormones in balance, then make sure to check out our free facebook community, Happy Hormones!
To your wellness,