The liver is one of your most important digestive organs, specifically for regulating hormones. This is because the liver deactivates excess hormones and hormones that are no longer functional in your body. When cortisol is elevated (either from a leaky gut, poor diet, or stress response) the liver's ability to effectively remove excess hormones is highly decreased. We can talk about these hormones, like cortisol, another time. Today, let’s talk about our liver.
One of the main ways that your body and your gut rid themselves of toxins is through the liver. The liver works harder for you than most of the other organs! It is working nonstop to detoxify our blood, produce the bile for digesting, balance your hormones, and store essential vitamins, minerals, and iron. When the liver is not functioning optimally, we just can't digest our food properly and it leads to poor gut health.
Some of the major functions of the liver are:
Your Liver and Hormonal Balance
Your liver is responsible for filtering out mutated hormones and keeping your body in balance by breaking down excess hormones. A person with a sluggish liver will experience many symptoms triggered by the hormonal (and neurotransmitter) imbalance. Some of these symptoms include:
Signs Your Liver Needs Repair
Alcohol, medications, bad eating habits and compromised gut health can lead to a fatty liver as your liver becomes damaged and replaced with fat over time. Remember, when insulin can’t get inside your cells it takes glucose to your liver to store as fat in case you need it in the future. You start accumulating fat in your liver, then around your organs and finally becomes visible as ugly and stubborn belly fat. Your liver becomes damaged and no longer can flush excess hormones out, which leads to hormonal imbalances and terrible PMS symptoms. Until you correct the insulin problem and fatty liver at the root of your symptoms, you can lose fat in other areas of your body but belly fat will hang around.
Now, lets talk about the good news. The liver is an amazing organ that can even regrow itself if it is damaged. Like everything else in your body, this takes energy. Helping your liver makes everything else easier on your body. If you have any of the symptoms listed below, you could be suffering from poor liver function. The liver can function even if most of it is destroyed, so you won't see some of these symptoms until almost 90% of your liver is gone.
Ways To Heal Your Liver
Exclude foods like:
Include foods with:
Here is a tonic to drink before a meal whenever you can and to show your liver some love!
LIVER CLEANSING TONIC
This shake is an easy way to increase your daily intake of leafy greens. You should try to have it before lunch or dinner to rejuvinate your liver and increase bile production. You can freeze the vegetables and berries for convenience and quick prep.
LIVER CLEANSING KALE SHAKE
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