Read on to learn more about the relationship between the liver and your hormones, and how it can impact your health.
The liver is the second largest organ in the body, your skin being the largest. Did you know your liver is even larger than your brain?
Playing many crucial roles in the body, the liver is responsible for:
One of the liver’s roles is to help regulate the balance of sex hormones, thyroid hormones, cortisone and other adrenal hormones. The liver transforms or removes any excess hormones from the body.
Like all organs, your liver health can be impacted by a range of factors. Drinking too much, certain medications or diseases, infections, accumulation of fat in the liver and genetic factors can contribute to liver problems.
If your liver is not functioning optimally, or if you have a liver condition, then your liver may not be able to properly remove oestrogen at its normal rate. That means oestrogen can be poorly metabolised and can get reabsorbed in the body, leading to a hormonal imbalance.
Hormonal imbalances may occur when there is too much or too little of a hormone in the bloodstream. Hormonal imbalance can affect people with liver conditions, where symptoms can include a loss of libido, fatigue and mood symptoms.
Hormonal imbalances can be associated with symptoms related to:
Hormonal imbalances can be addressed with a combination of medications and lifestyle changes. It’s also important to treat any underlying cause of poor liver function, too. Your healthcare professional is the best person to test your liver and develop a personalised treatment plan.
Generally, to promote good liver health, it is essential to:
If you suspect a sluggish liver and/or hormonal imbalance, your healthcare professional is your first point of call as they can provide you with support to best manage your health.
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