When it comes to our health, we often think of things like eating right, exercising and getting enough sleep. And that’s all true!
But there are other crucial aspects of our health that we sometimes overlook – like liver detox. Liver detox is necessary for our overall health, but did you know that it can also benefit your menstrual health?
In this blog post, we’ll explore what liver detox is and how it can help improve your menstrual cycle. I’ll also give you some tips on how to get started with liver detoxing. Read on to find out more.
This post does NOT contain medical/health advice. All the information provided is for general informational and educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional advice. Please consult with your medical professional before making any decisions about your health.
What is liver detox and why is it essential for your period?
A natural liver detox is vital for overall health, especially hormone health. Our liver helps the body control hormones and assists in filtering out toxins that can throw off a natural menstrual cycle. The accumulation of toxins can lead to several ailments, such as chronic fatigue syndrome, autoimmune problems and hormonal imbalances. The detoxification can involve changes in diet, eating habits, lifestyle and taking natural supplements specifically designed to support liver detoxification.
But that’s not all. The benefits of a good liver detox include the following:
- improvement in the quality of sleep
- greater mental clarity
- better mood
- higher energy levels (especially during your cycle)
- better digestion.
In addition, it can help reduce some common health problems, such as acne or recurrent yeast infections.
Therefore, liver detoxification is crucial to ensure good female hormonal health and balance hormones efficiently.
The benefits of liver detox for your menstrual health
Menstrual health is often overlooked and can be easy to neglect. Still, premenstrual disorders and premenstrual symptoms can adversely affect your day-to-day life. Fortunately, a strategy for addressing premenstrual issues is liver detoxification. Cleansing the liver helps to balance hormones and restore the body’s natural internal clock.
Liver and Estrogen dominance
Estrogen dominance is when the body produces too much estrogen and not enough progesterone. This imbalance can result in various symptoms such as irregular periods, heavy bleeding, PMS, mood swings, headache, bloating, breast tenderness, fatigue and even infertility. Liver detoxing is an effective way to reduce estrogen dominance.
Some studies found that liver detoxification can reduce premenstrual symptom severity and help improve Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). Additionally, liver detoxification improves blood sugar levels, which have been linked to other premenstrual disorders such as Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). If you want an all-natural method of balancing your hormone levels, try a liver detox and see how it improves your menstrual health!
A natural liver detox can help restore balance to estrogen levels, resulting in more regular, comfortable periods. It can also improve fertility by allowing the body to better absorb nutrients and regulate hormones more effectively. To help prevent estrogen dominance and support a healthier menstrual cycle, it is crucial to ensure your liver is functioning well.
If you’re suffering from period problems like cramps, bloating or irregularity, liver detoxing may be the solution. Cleansing and detoxing your liver can improve your hormone balance and help regulate your menstrual cycle.
Signs your liver needs detoxing
If you think your liver needs some support to help improve hormonal balance and menstrual health, here are some signs to look out for:
- Bad breath
- Weakened immune system
- Constant fatigue or low energy levels
- Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
- Poor digestion, bloating or gas
- Skin issues like acne breakouts
- Constipation or diarrhoea
- Irregular periods, heavy bleeding
- Premenstrual symptoms, including mood swings, sleep disturbances and irritability
- Unexplained headaches or general aches and pains.
If these symptoms occur, you must consult your doctor immediately to assess whether a liver detox might be the solution.
How can I detox my liver naturally?
Now that we have seen all the benefits that liver detox can bring to our health, how do we put it into practice?
A good starting point is the book “The 9-Day Liver Detox: The definitive detox diet that delivers results” by Patrick Holford and Fiona McDonald Joyce.
I read this book a few months ago, and I highly recommend it. (It’s been of inspiration to write this post!)
The book is simple and very well-structured. The author explains how the liver detoxifies toxins and the processes and enzymes involved. He lists the food to eat and avoid during the detox. He also suggests some habits to adopt and some to break for a successful liver detox.
I liked the fact that it is a very practical book. The author, in fact, includes a detailed diet to follow for 9 days, with recipes (from day 1 to day 9) for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. There is also a chapter with the complete shopping list you need before you start detoxing. Finally, the author explains what to do after the 9 days and how to reintegrate all foods into your daily diet without causing a shock to your liver.
Foods to eat during a liver detox
Choosing the right nutrients is fundamental for a successful detox. From fresh fruit and dark leafy vegetables to good fats such as avocado oil, seeds and nuts: introducing this range of nutrients into your diet will definitely make a difference! Some of the foods to include are:
- Cruciferous foods like broccoli, Kale and cauliflower are some of the most cleansing foods, excellent for flushing out excess estrogen from your body.
- Foods with high levels of sulphur, such as garlic and onions, will help support your organs’ natural cleansing processes.
- Nuts and seeds are full of antioxidants beneficial for your health.
- Foods rich in beta carotene – such as sweet potatoes – offer additional protection against toxins.
- Greens, including spinach, collard greens and Kale, also contain antioxidants that make them the perfect go-to food during detox.
- And, of course, water is vital during this time. Drink plenty throughout the day to keep you hydrated and energised!
- Stick to organic vegetables and other whole foods for optimal liver cleansing results!
Foods to avoid during a liver detox
During a liver detox, it is essential to focus not only on foods to add to your diet but also on those that should be avoided. Foods such as wheat, milk and other dairy products, caffeine, alcohol and bad fats should all be eliminated from meals (or at least kept at a minimum while detoxing the liver). Eating these items may cause further stress on the organ, which will result in reducing the desired positive effect of the detox.
- The main reason to avoid wheat (and all grains containing gluten) is that if you are sensitive to gluten, your immune system will treat wheat as an invader, forming an ‘immune complex’. When this happens, the liver will be busy detoxifying the immune complex and will not deal with your other toxins.
- As for milk (and all the products that come from it), if you are sensitive to milk proteins, it triggers the same mechanism seen above for gluten. So, instead of flushing out excess toxins in your body, the liver will be busy with the ‘immune complex’ formed by the milk protein.
- Alcohol and bad fats (hydrogenated) prevent your liver from doing its job of eliminating toxins.
- Caffeine can interfere with your body’s natural cycle and further stress your immune system during this period. Caffeine dehydrates, decreases energy levels (although you may believe otherwise), and interferes with sleep. Read also how caffeine can disrupt your hormones.
Best supplements for liver detox
Detoxing your liver can be a journey, but it can be much easier and simpler with the right supplements.
The best liver detox supplements are a combination of natural ingredients that aim to restore liver health and increase its ability to eliminate toxins.
Here are some of the best supplements that can help you on your way:
- Milk thistle extract, which helps restore liver function
- Lycopene, which acts as an antioxidant
- Fish oil, which provides essential fatty acids to promote liver regeneration
- Turmeric, which has anti-inflammatory properties
- Artichoke extract can also contribute to liver detoxification by promoting bile production, which is crucial for toxin disposal
- B, C and E vitamins and plant extracts such as fenugreek, green tea and lemon balm can all contribute to improved liver health.
Supplements can be taken in various forms, from tablets to liquid extracts or capsules.
Please note: it is always advisable to consult a doctor before taking these products.
Tips for a successful liver detox
- A weekend is a perfect time to commit to a successful liver detox.
- Start with a groceries shopping list that incorporates everything you need, so you will have all the ingredients available in the following days.
- Remember to rest! Sleep is critical for your liver detox as it is important for any healing process, so try to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night.
- Last but not least… give yourself some self-compassion, too; working on an internal cleanse can be challenging yet rewarding. Remember, you’re doing this to be healthier and more connected with your body.
Detoxifying your liver naturally is a way to enrich your holistic health and enjoy symptom-free menstrual cycles. Talk to your doctor if you feel like your menstrual health could benefit from a liver detox. Although this process has many benefits, consulting with your doctor before undertaking any new diet or cleanse is essential.
And stay connected for more articles like this one, where we explore ways to improve our menstrual health. 🙂