As a young girl in my pre-teens and teenage years I had PMS symptoms that only increased in severity as I got older. By the time I was 27 I was having major cramping, extremely sore and swollen breasts, terrible mood swings, extreme fatigue and cystic acne on my chin (to name a few).
If you are currently having symptoms of hormone imbalance (or had in the past), that’s your liver talking. The liver has hundreds of important jobs, one of which includes regulating hormones.
EVERYTHING we ingest, breathe in, and absorb through the skin eventually gets passed through the liver for detoxification. It is absolutely essential to keep our liver healthy in order to have proper hormone balance and function.
In relation to hormone balance, the liver has the following jobs:
*Creates bile to break down fats and eliminate toxic and excess substances, including excess hormones
*Creates proteins that act as hormone carriers
*Manufacture testosterone and estrogen
*Regulate sex hormone levels
So how can we keep our liver healthy and functioning optimally for proper hormone balance? Here are some key ways to do this:
1) First, you’ll want to stay away from chemicals, pesticides, heavy metals and preservatives that are present in processed foods. If the liver is overloaded with toxic substances it is difficult to do its job efficiently, including regulate hormones.
2) Second, it is essential to avoid alcohol and drugs as much as possible. A glass of red wine once in a while can be beneficial, but anything in excess is not healthy. When I mention limiting drugs, I mean any kind…therapeutic or otherwise.
3) Steering clear of oily processed foods is also essential. During the creation of processed foods, the vegetable oils used turn rancid during the heating process, making it difficult for the liver to break them down and detoxify. Not to mention, there are often man-made chemical preservatives in processed foods which can easily overload the liver.
4) Eat tons of fresh, raw and organic fruits and vegetables. These foods are not only light on the liver, but they also provide the nutrients needed in order for the liver to do its job properly. The organic part is important here, as we must avoid toxic pesticides when taking care of our liver.
5) Drink lots of fresh filtered water, preferably with the juice of half a lemon. Lemon water is detoxifying and helps lighten the load on the liver.
Above all, the liver is the main organ of detoxification, and needs to be treated kindly so it can keep the body healthy. If the liver is not functioning properly, we can get build-up of toxins and hormone imbalance as a result.
Once I started treating my liver more kindly, my PMS symptoms slowly subsided. I no longer have cystic acne, and I’m not nearly as crampy or moody as I used to be! Even my sore, swollen breasts have calmed down around the time of my cycle.
Happy Liver = Happy Hormones :)
Questions about how to work with me on detoxifying your liver? Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org