How Does Your Liver Can Cause Hormone Imbalance
How Does Your Liver Can Cause Hormone Imbalance
Hormone imbalance is an epidemic. Hormone imbalance can lead to Diabetes, Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism, Hypertension, PCOS, Estrogen Dominance, and Obesity. Furthermore it can cause Autoimmune disease, Cushing's syndrome, Epilepsy, Seizures, and Cancer.
"What do you do when your hormones are out of balance or you are diagnosed with chronic diseases?"
Many people go on medications and/or hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to treat symptoms. Medications help to control your pain and disease, but you may have to deal with side effects. It is a personal choice when it comes to make a decision for your health. In order to make the right decision, It is important to understand about hormones and what is the root cause of the hormone imbalance.
Functions Of Hormones
“Hormones are released by glands or specialized cells into the circulating blood and influence hormones as a chemical messenger, it interacts with one another to maintain homeostasis. Hormones regulate all body functions, including metabolism, growth and development, water and electrolyte balance, reproduction, and behaviour.“ - Medical physiology by John E. Hall
What Causes Hormone Imbalance
Causes of hormone imbalance are: Puberty, Perimenopause, Menopause, Postmenopause, Unbalanced lifestyle, Toxins and Sluggish liver.
The Liver As An Organ
The liver is the largest organ in the human body. It looks like a football shape and the size is about 3.3 pounds (1.5 kg) in the average adult human.
Why the liver is so important for the body?
There are many different functions of liver for the vital health.
Functions Of The Liver
- Detoxifies chemicals.
- Cleanses your blood
- Produces and stores fat
- Regulates the balance of hormones
- Manufacturing testosterone & estrogen
- Produces biles
- Stores vitamins and iron
- Converting fats, proteins, and carbohydrates to energy and nutrients.
- Produces cholesterol
- Plus, it has over 500 functions in the body and it works 24/7.
How Does A Sluggish Liver Effect On Your Hormones
Many people struggle with hormone problems such as chronic adrenal fatigue, estrogen dominance, thyroid issues, and insulin resistance which can lead to WEIGHT GAIN, blood pressure, diabetes, fertility issue, and overactive and/or underactive thyroidism.
“The active chemical medium of the liver well known for the ability to detoxify or excrete many drugs into the bile, including sulfonamides, penicillin, ampicillin, and erythromycin. In the similar manner, several of hormones secreted by the endocrine glands are either chemically altered or excreted by the liver, including thyroxine and essentially all the steroid hormones, such as estrogen, cortisol, and aldosterone. Liver damage can lead to excess accumulation of one or more of these hormones in the body fluids and therefore cause overactivity of the hormonal systems.” - Medical physiology by john E. Hall.
In other words, the liver doesn't make hormones itself, but the liver breaks and metabolizes hormones which include: Aldosterone, sex hormones, and cortisone.
1) Aldosterone which is a steroid hormone that is produced in the adrenal gland. It is an important hormone that regulates mineral, sodium, potassium, and arterial blood pressure. If you have a sluggish liver, it will not break and metabolize the aldosterone efficiently, it can lead to fluid retention in your body which can effect puffiness, weight gain, and blood pressure.
2) Sex hormones which are estrogen and testosterone that are mainly produced by ovaries and testicles. If your liver is sluggish and estrogen is not broken down efficiently, it can lead to estrogen dominance, in which females who gain weight in lower part of the body(= pear shape). Excess estrogen can cause heavy painful menstrual bleeding, bad PMS, weight gain, and breast lumpiness. If the male hormone isn’t broken down and metabolized efficiently in the body, it can cause weight gain in upper part of the body (= apple shape or buffalo shape). Especially excess male hormones in female can lead to PCOS which is polycystic ovarian syndrome that causes facial and body hair, acne, oily skin, hair loss, and weight gain in upper part of the body.
3) Cortisone is produced by the adrenal gland, which controls the immune system. If you have a sluggish liver and cortisone isn’t broken down efficiently, it effects your sleep quality and blood sugar levels that effect the hormone insulin, which is produced by the pancreas and it regulates and metabolizes fats and carbohydrates (glucose). The high level of glucose in your body will demand higher insulin production and the high level of insulin promote the storage of fat in the midsection and develop a fatty liver.
Therefore, if you have hormone imbalance, it is important to improve the function of your liver and balance hormones for vital health.