The liver, digestive system and thyroid are all important for healthy hormones.
The liver. No organ is as hardworking as the liver. With over 400 functions to accomplish, it is busy and requires plenty of nutrients. The liver produces cholesterol which is a building block for estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, and cortisol. It also aids the thyroid and helps to regulate metabolism. Cholesterol is needed to produce bile which is essential for digesting fats and cholesterol also helps remove toxins from the body. The liver is our main detoxification organ. It removes toxins we ingest and are exposed to in the environment. But what you might not know is that the liver removes excess hormones which can have toxic effects on the body if not removed.
Here are some key foods that support the liver and the detoxification process: Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Calcium d’glurcurate foods such as apples and grapefruit, bitter foods like dandelion or collard greens, and sulfur-rich foods such as garlic and onions. Milk thistle tea is also very beneficial.
The digestive system is where everything starts. If you eat foods that your body needs and you digest and absorb them properly, you will benefit from the nutrients. If you do not have proper digestion and absorption, the foods will not be as effective. This can be improved by eating slowly and chewing your food, eating in a relaxed state and environment, drinking water with lemon and a dash of salt 20 min before your meal, not drinking with your meal so that your stomach acid is not diluted and eating enzyme-rich foods.
Keys to healthier digestion: Eat fermented foods such as sauerkraut or kimchi – just 1 tablespoon with your meal, cooking with herbs and spices such as ginger, turmeric, fennel, caraway, cinnamon, garlic and rosemary, and having a portion of your meals as raw foods (if tolerable) for enzymes can all be helpful.
The Thyroid: The role of the thyroid is to control your metabolism. It helps regulate breathing, heart rate, the central and peripheral nervous systems, body weight, muscle strength, menstrual cycles, body temperature and cholesterol levels. Since cholesterol is correlated with healthy hormones, a healthy thyroid is necessary.
Thyroid Foods: Sea vegetables like nori or arame, seafood, Himalayan sea salt, and coconut oil.