What does my liver have to do with FIBROIDS???

Welcome to Day 3 of Fibroids Awareness Week!  Today’s post focuses on the role your liver plays in the development of fibroids.  You can read the other posts in the series here:

Day 1:  The Choice Between Natural and Western Medicine

Day 2:  De-Stress Your Fibroids

One of the things I appreciate about having fibroids is the fact that I have been able to learn so much about how my body works, and then share that information with others.  Did you know that your body works within a cycle, very similar to how nature has a cycle?  Yes, it is true.  Just like nature has times of growth, cleansing, and rest, our bodies go through a very similar process.  When we try and do things to our body that is outside of its natural cycle, we introduce sickness and disease into our lives.

Where Do Fibroids Come From?

While medical professionals may not have a definitive answer as to why and how fibroids develop, many do agree that one of the things that stimulate fibroid growth is excess estrogen in the body.  Estrogen is a naturally occurring female hormone that helps women to develop a reproductive system, a menstrual cycle, the development of breasts during puberty, etc.  The key to having these systems occur naturally in the body is to keep a balance of hormones in the body (estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone).  The systems of elimination we have in our body ensure that our body works within the natural cycles to keep our body as clean as possible so that it can function properly.  The problem is that we live in an industrialized society that values money over nature, and our reproductive systems have paid the price.

The Key to Getting Rid of Your Fibroids

The liver is one of the most significant part of the systems of elimination for women with fibroids because it metabolizes estrogen.  Our bodies are inundated with estrogen on a daily basis.  Our meat is pumped up with estrogen to make it bigger and more tender.  As a result, cow milk is chock-full of estrogen as well.  Soy appears in just about every pre-packaged “health” food on the market.  Young women are put on birth control pills sometimes at the moment they begin their menstrual cycle for fear of them becoming pregnant or out of the need to regulate their menstrual cycle.  And these only represent the estrogen we knowingly put into our body.  Estrogen is also found in plastic containers, pesticides, air fresheners, perfumes, etc.  Add to this our generally poor eating habits and sedentary lifestyle and it is not difficult to understand how and why our livers get congested.  Thus for many women, the key to ridding your body of fibroids is getting your liver to work more efficiently.

How to Make Your Liver More Efficient

There are many roads to detoxing your body so that not only your liver, but all the systems of elimination in your body will work better (colon, lungs, lymphatic system, blood, skin, kidneys).  The quickest way to do this is fasting — meaning no food or drink except for water for a specified time period.  Some women have done this for 30 days or less and have been able to reduce the size of the fibroids and/or fibroid symptoms.  Others may choose to use Jasai Madden’s Fast Girls approach and fast one day a week and eating a mostly vegetarian diet the remainder of the week.  I have used Jasai’s approach and found that I have lost weight, sleep better, and have lighter periods.

While some of you may not be ready to fast, another gentler method of making your liver more efficient is eliminating as many sources of excess estrogen as possible.  This would include eating organic foods, eliminating meat and other animal products from the diet (at least temporarily until you see the results you want), using natural cleaning products, etc.

It is time we got more familiar with how our body works at the most fundamental level.  Once we understand that, then we will begin to understand that what we put into it is exactly what we get out of it.  Everything that goes into our bodies should be considered food — whether it is food we eat, food we put on our skin, food we breathe, etc.  A we age we usually notice that we may not be able to eat garbage and still be full of energy as we did when we were teenagers.  However it is possible to reach that level of energy when we feed our bodies the right foods.

Tomorrow, I will be giving you a recipe you can make at home to help you detoxify your liver.

Halona Black is a freelance writer who writes about food and women’s health. She is the author of Love Your Fibroids Away: A 10-Day Detox Plan available as a PDF and Amazon.com.

 

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6 Responses to Fibroids, Estrogen, and Your Liver

  1. Amanda Michelle Jones says:

    Yup! My chiropractor (also an herbalist) had me detox my liver earlier this year. I had no idea that the liver is responsible for cleansing estrogen, let alone that it could get “estrogen-clogged”!

    Elizabeth Vliet has a great book, “It’s My Ovaries, Stupid!” that talks about this in great depth. Estrogen impacts EVERYTHING in the human body (men AND women).

    • I will have to read that book. You can also read The Anti-Estrogen Diet by Ori Hofmekler. He doesn’t talk about fibroids at all, but has a lot of great info on estrogen overload.

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  3. Monise says:

    This may be a little off-topic but….many many years ago when I worked retail, I remember having this conversation with a White lady who came in the store. Somehow we got to talking about skin (probably because hers looked amazing). She mentioned that I may be producing too much testosterone, causing me to break-out. Well, needless to say I never followed-up on that. Fast forward to 14+ years later and I am still dealing with breakouts even though I am damn near 40!!!! I decided to go to a health food store almost a month ago to ask for some suggestions. I said that I am probably producing too much testosterone; the guy agreed after we discussed how I came to that conclusion. I started taking a menopausal supplement (in addition to the 80+ ounces of water I drink). I am noticing a difference, slowly but surely. The final test will come if I am not bed-ridden on Day 3 of my cycle. Will keep you all posted!

    Thanks for the helpful info!

  4. *MY STUPIDITY/and STUPID DOCTOR* pain mgmt. doc re/ an MVA convinced me that bio-identical hormones would decrease my pain (arthritis and inflamation) NOT!!!! had profound adverse reactions physical/ mental, off the chart!!! estrogen overdose… started hemmoraging and had to get a D&C… i had to tell the doc to give me progesterone to help w/ side effects.. the pellet was suppose to be effective 3-6 mos., it’s ben 4 mos.,i still have painful breast and vaginal pain, have done a liver/ GI detox (pure encapsulation supp. along w/ B-complex and indole 3 carbinole… any suggestions on liver de-tox may be still needed and any other suggestions, my sisters had breast and uterine cancer..:(…. :: fearful of whats to come :: thank you!!

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