Support your liver for a healthier menopause
Author: Helen Morton
It’s important to support your liver for a healthier menopause as unwanted toxins effect your health, the impact of which can be exacerbated during peri-menopause. Your liver is a complex and important organ, constantly working hard to protect us from environmental and dietary toxins, such as pollution, cigarette smoke, cleaning chemicals, alcohol, food and drink. A well-functioning liver is crucial in regulating and metabolising hormones.
Most of the oestrogen is eliminated from the body through bile produced in the liver. A lack of efficient detoxification and elimination of hormonal metabolites by the liver can result in oestrogen dominance, which is associated with menopausal symptoms including fatigue, mood swings, breast tenderness, hot flushes and abdominal weight gain. Similarly, an imbalance of the hormone testosterone is associated with increased facial hair, oily skin, acne and abdominal weight gain.
Menopause significantly affects the availability of detoxification enzymes, making it increasingly difficult for women to effectively eliminate hormones and toxins as they age. A cleanse or detoxification programme, such as the BeingEve Reset Your Liver 14-Day Cleanse, is a great way to start taking charge of your health during menopause, by improving and supporting liver health.
What does the liver do?
The main role of the liver is to deactivate and dispose of toxins from our body. It does this through a two-stage process, called phase I and phase II detoxification, before safely excreting hormones, toxins, and their metabolites. The effectiveness of the detoxification process is determined by the levels of toxins in your body and how well-nourished you are.
Your liver needs to consume certain nutrients, including vitamin C, selenium, B vitamins, glucosinolates in cruciferous vegetables and amino acids in protein foods. These are required to ensure phase I and phase II detoxification processes work optimally.
What can you do to support the liver?
A liver cleanse once or twice a year is a good idea. It will increase bile production and will flush out unwanted toxins which is a great way to improve your liver health. Depending on your lifestyle, aim to give your liver a break from common toxins such as caffeine and alcohol, while ingesting a broad variety of cleansing foods and drinks. Eat a range of colourful vegetables and fruit every day. Drink plenty of water and herbal teas and choose organic meat whenever possible. These are simple dietary interventions that can have a significant positive impact on the function of your liver and how smoothly you go through the menopause.
About the Author
Helen Morton is a qualified, registered Nutritional Therapist. She is a member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and Complimentary and Natural Health Care Council (CNHC). Helen has a special interest in nutrition for mental health, stress management and women’s health during menopause.