The liver plays a huge role in detoxifying the body and your metabolism. Negative impacts related to liver problems range from symptomless to morbidity and mortality. If you have been experiencing symptoms related to hormone buildup, it’s time to come see us at Hoyt Integrative Healthcare, where we proudly serve the Temecula and Murrieta communities.
The Role of the Liver
The liver’s primary purpose is to metabolize chemicals in your body (both foreign and naturally occurring). While it does not produce sex hormones, it is responsible for breaking them down. A fatty liver and liver disease can disrupt the function of this vital organ.
If the liver is not functioning optimally, it is not able to break down these hormones which, over time will build up in the body. Some potential problems from these hormones building up can include metabolic syndrome (related to insulin build-up), growth hormone imbalances, estrogen imbalance, and more. Over time, these buildups can lead to mood changes, health complications, disease, and even death if the liver is not able to metabolize properly.
Many issues can impact the liver, preventing it from breaking down and metabolizing hormones for the body’s use. Some of the more common causes are listed below.
- Alcohol: The abuse of alcohol can cause liver disease and fatty liver. Over time, alcohol slowly starts to kill the liver and causes liver death. When this occurs, the liver is no longer able to metabolize hormones (or other chemicals) and leads to death unless it is corrected.
- Medications: Long term acetaminophen and other medication is a major cause of liver damage. We can help you find the best pain relief for your lifestyle while helping you keep your liver healthy.
- Herbal Supplements: While many herbal supplements can support liver function, some can cause a negative impact. If you’ve been experiencing liver problems or are at greater risk, you should avoid pennyroyal, chaparral, kava, Ma Huang, and ephedra unless otherwise indicated by a healthcare professional.
Confronting Your Liver Problems
If you’ve been experiencing symptoms of a hormone imbalance, you should have your liver checked out as a precaution. Our doctor has been serving the Temecula and Murrieta communities for many years and has been trusted with recovery from a variety of health conditions. Call Hoyt Integrative Health today at (951) 973-0773 to set up your appointment.