Liver – Hormone Control

Most of us think of the liver as the organ of detoxification. That is true, but this organ, with over 500 known functions is at the heart of the hormonal system. If you have hormonal problems, you need to address any liver problems you may have.

To understand this, you first have to understand the hormonal system:

  1. You have various glands situated throughout your body – adrenal, pituitary, thymus, thyroid, sex glands, etc.
  2. These glands secrete hormones – chemicals that control bodily processes such as temperature, responses to flight and fight situations, reproductive cycles, etc.

Secondarily, you have to understand a control system. In order for a gland to control a hormone level in your blood, it must do two things:

  1. Be able to increase the level of the hormone.
  2. Be able to decrease the level of the hormone.

Now visualize your blood supply as a container of fluid and you, with an eyedropper full of a hormone are a gland. All you can do is add drops of the hormone. You really have no control, you can only increase the level. What do you do if you want to decrease the level of the hormone?

This is where the liver comes in. The liver, along with its other duties, is constantly pulling hormones out of the blood supply at a nice, constant, predictable rate.

Now you and the eyedropper in the above example can control the hormone level. If you want the level lower, you need only wait a short while and the liver will bring the level
down. If you want the level higher, you must increase the level of adding drops above the level that the liver removes them.

So, the glands and the liver work in concert to control the levels of hormones in the blood.

When I see people with hormonal problems, one of the first things I think about is the liver. In our modern, toxic world, the liver has a lot of work – often more than it can handle.

The things that add to the work are:

  1. Any toxins you add to your body – coffee, alcohol, drugs (almost all prescription drugs hurt the liver), food additives, etc.
  2. Things perceived as toxins – allergens (in the air, in the food – your body sees these things as poisons).

What you can do:

  1. Avoid toxins
  2. If you need help, see an alternative health practitioner for help with your liver.