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Liver – The unsung hero of your menstrual cycle

Have you ever gone on a detox and cleanse? The fact is that our bodies are constantly detoxing.

Our liver is such an important organ because it’s responsible for cleaning your clean, breaking down toxins and excess hormones to be removed from our body. It also breaks down carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals to be used by the body too.

The reason many people might attempt to go on a detox or cleanse is to help the detoxification process but not realising that we also need to make eating and lifestyle changes to support the liver ongoingly, remember that I said the liver is constantly detoxing?

Most people these days are burdening their liver with too many toxins and not eating enough nourishing foods to help the liver function optimally. I often forget the liver needs an adequate intake of nutrient-dense food to function and get the job done.

Did you know some of the signs that your liver isn’t working well include routine headaches, headaches around ovulation or your period, worsening of PMS symptoms and infertility?

In addition, you could also be experiencing disrupted sleep, skin disorders like eczema, acne and rosacea, unexplained weight gain, blood sugar disorders and mood swings as well as inability to handle stress as much.

One of the main reasons why the liver is the unsung hero of the menstrual cycle is it role it plays in processing excess estrogen out of the body. When we overburden our liver with too many toxins and not support it with enough nutrients to function well, some of this estrogen is then recycled in the body but in a form that’s more potent causing unfavourable symptoms.

3 Ways to Reduce The Toxic Load

 

Here are three things you can do to help support your liver that you can do every day rather than just when you do a detox or cleanse.

Living Clean

Household and personal care products can contain chemicals that are endocrine disruptors. Endocrine disruptors are a class of toxins that does exactly what the name implies, they disrupt the natural balance of your hormone cycle. 

These endocrine disruptors can be found in plastics, skincare, in your food and water supply. Did you ever hear about the male frogs turning into female frogs? That’s due to a commonly used herbicide called atrazine used on farms that is also a powerful endocrine disruptor.

So if it’s doing that to frogs, what could be the potential outcome of little boys?

When my husband and I were thinking to start a family, this was one of the first things we started doing, cleaning up our home. This can often feel very daunting, so I recommend starting with one room at a time. We first started with the most toxic place in the house, the bathroom! Then it was our cleaning products and then my beauty products.

2. Eating Clean

So another key area to look at is eating organic thus reducing our exposure to herbicides and pesticides. However, it’s not always possible accessible or affordable to eat organic. The Environmental Working Group EWG has created a list called the Clean 15 of produce you can buy not organic that contain the least amount of herbicides and pesticides, these include:

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapple
  4. Onions
  5. Papaya
  6. Sweet peas (frozen)
  7. Eggplant
  8. Asparagus
  9. Broccoli
  10. Cabbage
  11. Kiwi
  12. Cauliflower
  13. Mushrooms
  14. Honeydew melon
  15. Cantaloupe / Rockmelon

3. Drinking Clean

Lastly, have a look at your drinking water. If you think about it which might sound a bit gross but everything we do goes into our waterways. Just consider all the hormones that get excreted from our liver in the form of poo, women weeing out birth control pills and all the antibiotics, herbicides and pesticides from our food supply end up in our waters. I know, pretty graphic, right? So invest in a good water filtration system! I use Zazen Alkaline Water System that’s great for renters who want a benchtop solution and I’ve heard some great things about the Kagen Water aswell.

If you have started to implement some of these changes and you’re ready to do a detox, try Modere’s Green Detox Collection, it’s got some powerful products to support your liver and gut! Modere is also my favourite place to one-stop-shop for my body and home and they deliver worldwide and you can use my promo code 4133288 or click here to get a $10 discount.

For more support on your hormones and fertility, you can download my free core basics guide to balance your hormones naturally here.

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