In my last post, 3 Common Causes of Hormone Imbalance, we discussed how nutritional deficiency contributes to hormone imbalance. Today, I’d like to dive deeper into the second cause: toxins. As a reminder, here are the three most common causes of hormone imbalance that I see in my practice:
1) Nutritional Deficiency
We are exposed to toxins in our environment every day, in our soil, water and air; in our food supply; and in our homes. You can find out more about our toxin exposure and signs that we need to detoxify HERE. It’s important to know that many of the toxins we are exposed to are endocrine disruptors, meaning that they interfere with the balance of our hormones. As such, they need to be eliminated from the body as quickly as possible!
The liver and the colon are responsible for detoxifying these chemicals and hormone disruptors, and excreting them from the body. If our liver and our colon are supported and functioning optimally, we can avoid many symptoms of hormone imbalance. Unfortunately, many of us are working with an overburdened liver and/or colon, and we’re subsequently showing signs of unbalanced hormones.
For many of us, our liver is already taxed due to excessive alcohol intake, medications, fatty liver, disrupted digestion or metabolism, or stress. If this is the case, the liver will not be able to do its job of detoxification. The liver has many roles in addition to being the major order of detoxification. The liver also conjugates and excretes excess hormones, and is essential for our metabolism and maintaining our blood sugar levels. These functions all suffer if the liver is overloaded with toxins.
It is a similar story with our colon health. If we are constipated, have loose stools, or our colon is otherwise under-functioning, we will not be able to excrete toxins in a timely manner, allowing them to build in the body.
If we have an overgrowth of Candidiasis (Candida) or parasites, which is quite common, the colon becomes increasingly taxed. In addition, Candida and parasites also produce their own toxins, which burden the liver even further. These pathogens create inflammation in the gut, which can lead to leaky gut, allergies and autoimmune conditions. Your colon health is definitely worth supporting! This is particularly true if you’re already showing signs of pathogenic overgrowth, such as joint cracking or pain, fatigue, irritability, anxiety or depression, drooling at night, or grinding your teeth.
I would like to share with you some ways to support detoxification by the liver and colon, so that you can regain optimal hormone health and feel like yourself again:
9 Ways to Support your Liver and Colon
- Improve your digestion to relieve the liver and colon
- Increase your intake of fiber by consuming WHOLE foods such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables, legumes and raw nuts and seeds
- Ensure you’re hydrated well with filtered water and herbal teas
- Don’t avoid HEALTHY fats! We need them to build our hormones as discussed in the last post, but we also need healthy fats to keep the colon functioning well
- Fermented foods (such as kimchi, kombucha and kefir) contain probiotics that compete with ‘unfriendly’ pathogens like Candida and parasites
- Support the liver with lemon and lime, plenty of greens, artichokes, beet and carrot. Sulfurophane found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale and brussel sprouts support Phase 1 and 2 detox pathways in the liver that are essential for hormone balance
- Consider periodic herbal liver cleansing with milk thistle and dandelion and/or supplemental support for the liver
- If you suspect a Candida overgrowth, consider an assessment and a Candida cleanse protocol. In the meantime, avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates as Candida feeds on these!
- You can also support the liver and colon by sweating with exercise and saunas, dry brushing, and epsom salt baths
If you would like to dive deeper and determine if cleansing would be appropriate for your own personal health, email me and we’ll set up a time to have a quick chat about a detoxification protocol that would be best for you.
Stay tuned for Part 3 of our series on Hormone Imbalance, where we will discuss how stress affects our hormone health.
In the meantime, you can find out more about how food and digestion can support your hormone health by downloading my complimentary ebook ‘5 Must-Have Tools for Hormone Health’ HERE. Inside, you will find more tools to support your liver and colon!
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