I’m a BIG fan of yearly liver cleanses for overall health and wellness, but also to support the thyroid.
I received this email from a recent liver cleanse convert. She said:
“I want to thank you for emphasizing the need for a liver cleanse. I had been taking Armour and Nature Thyroid for years, but suddenly within a year I began to have difficulty keeping my weight down and started developing a skin rash on my face by my nose. This started slowly but picked up great speed so that within 3 weeks from June to July, I had a fierce rash in my throat and gained 6 pounds. To make a long story short, I’m on the 7th day of a 10-day liver cleanse. The rash in my throat is almost gone and I have lost 3 pounds. Thanks!” – Frances
Generally, I recommend a gentle liver cleanse for people experiencing:
- Thyroid disease
- Hormone imbalance
- Menstrual irregularities
- Digestive problems (Gerd, acid reflux)
- Bloating/distention/excess gas
The liver (and its complementary organ, the Gallbladder) has a BIG job in the body.
It’s one of the reasons why the liver is called, “The Commander” in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It ensures the smooth flow of Qi (energy/vitality) and stores blood when the body is at rest.
In western medicine, the liver produces cholesterol and bile, helps us digest and absorb food nutrients, metabolizes and detoxifies hormones, chemicals, and drugs, and filters blood coming from the digestive tract.
Of course, the liver and gallbladder do much more than that, but let’s keep this simple and easy to digest.
For optimized thyroid health, it’s imperative that we support both our liver and gallbladder to keep the whole body functioning well.
The gallbladder supports the liver by storing and concentrating bile that will be used for the process of digestion and absorption of fat-soluble nutrients, and to buffer stomach acids.
Unfortunately, I often hear from people that have had their gallbladders removed due to digestive distress and or gallstones.
And, guess what?
It doesn’t actually solve the underlying problem, and those people continue suffering from digestive distress… only now, they don’t have the vital organ that compliments liver function: their gallbladder.
“Finnish researchers found hypothyroidism is seven times more likely in individuals with reduced bile flow. Release of bile triggers the release of an enzyme that converts T4 into T3, the usable form of thyroid hormone. Those who improve their bile enjoy a whopping 53 percent bump in metabolism.”
When it comes to thyroid disease (and many other conditions), we need to ensure that both the liver and gallbladder are working well.
There are many ways to do this, including eating liver-supportive foods like leafy greens, radishes, and horseradish to assist the breakdown of fats, beta-glucan rich foods like barley and oats to absorb cholesterol in the digestive tract, beets to build liver blood, and gentle herbs for liver/gallbladder cleansing.
If you are struggling with a thyroid condition and need support on your healing journey, I’m happy to help.
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Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker, Herbalist and best-selling author. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.
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