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A.Vogel’s Menopause Mondays: Support your liver for a better menopause

by Eileen, on 9 May 2016, A.Vogel's Menopause Mondays

In this week’s A.Vogel’s Menopause Mondays I explain why good liver function is so important during the menopause and I recommend what you can do to support your liver.

Video transcript:

Hello, and welcome to another edition of A.Vogel’s Menopause Mondays. Now, how is your liver doing? I bet you’re sitting there thinking, “What on earth does the liver have to do with the menopause?” Well, actually it can have quite a lot to do with the menopause and the types of symptoms that you’re actually getting. And Alfred Vogel, the renowned naturopath who founded Bioforce, actually believed that the liver was the regulator of your health. And your day-to-day health would depend on how efficiently your liver was running.

What does the liver do?

So what exactly does the liver do? It does hundreds of different jobs to help to keep you healthy. But some of them can actually be really associated with the menopause.

Your liver helps to store fuel for when you actually need more energy. Your liver helps to keep your blood glucose levels maintained properly. Your liver helps to clean your blood and keep it free of toxins that might cause problems. Your liver also helps with blood clotting. It also helps with the production and flow of bile. It also stores certain vitamins as well, and it helps to synthesize your hormones.

How does this affect the menopause?

So let’s have a look at these actions just a little bit more closely, and see how they can be associated with the menopause.

Fatigue

We know that the menopause can really drain you of energy. And so many women complain and just say, “My get up and go has gone. I’ve got absolutely no energy left at all.” And you can feel really, really fatigued.

Hot flushes, palpitations, dizziness and headaches

Now, poor glucose control levels can happen a lot during the menopause. They can go up and down quite a bit. And fluctuating glucose levels can trigger hot flushes. They can cause palpitations. They can cause dizziness, and they can cause headaches as well.

Itchy skin, joint aches & pains and fuzzy-head

Now, keeping your blood clean and free of toxins is very, very important at any stage. But if you tend to get a lot of toxins in the bloodstream, that can end up causing itchy skin. It can cause spots. You can get rashes as well. You can also get joint aches and pains, and you can get that kind of fuzzy-headed feeling as well.

Bloating, constipation and wind

Now, bile is really important for gut’s motility. And gut motility is the way in which your digestive system works at moving food through it towards the bowel and to elimination. And if you’re not producing enough bile, that can actually cause bloating. It can cause cramping. It can cause constipation, and it can cause wind as well.

Vitamins and iron

Now, your liver stores certain vitamins, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin K, vitamin B12, and also iron as well. And these are needed in the menopause for all sorts of things.

Now, vitamin A is very important for eyesight. It’s very important for your bones. It’s important for your skin and your hair and also your teeth and gums as well. Vitamin D most of us know that that’s really important for bones. But it’s also good for mood as well.

Now, vitamin K is needed to help with blood clotting. And this can be very important if you’re tending to get heavy bleeding or prolonged periods. And B12 is needed to support your nervous system. It’s needed for memory. It’s needed for concentration. It’s needed for balance and also to provide you with extra energy as well.

Iron is really, really important to prevent fatigue. It’s also very good to help your immune system to resist diseases and infections, and it’s very good for your skin tone as well.

Hormones

And for the hormones, when your hormones have done the job in the body, they’re sent to the liver to be deactivated. And if your liver is working under par, then this might not be done efficiently enough, so you end up with more hormones in the system than what you should. And that can then trigger some of these menopausal problems with your fluctuating oestrogen levels. So as you can see, the liver can play a very important part in the types of symptoms that you may actually get during the menopause, and it can certainly be a contributory factor as well.

So what can you do to support your liver?

Diet

Just a few tips here. Diet is really important as we all know. So try to have a really good balanced diet, plenty of variety. Drink plenty of water as well because that can help too.

The enemies of the liver, well, it’s your usual culprits I’m afraid. That’s things like your caffeine, your high salt foods, high sugar foods and processed foods as well. So try and keep those to a minimum. A lovely little tonic for the liver on a daily basis is a small glass of freshly-pressed, cloudy apple juice as well. It can be really, really good for the liver.

Herbs

You can also look at herbs. And Alfred Vogel formulated a lovely liver support remedy called Milk Thistle Complex. And this can be used for a month or two at a time. And it can be really good in the spring, just for giving your liver that little bit of an extra boost, and you can also take it again in the autumn to prepare the liver for the long winter months as well.

Keep your bowels regular

The other really important thing here is to keep your bowels working well. If your bowels are sluggish, if you’re getting things like constipation, then that will put extra pressure on the liver, and then you end up getting this big, vicious cycle.

Your task for this week

So hopefully that’s given you a little bit of food for thought. And your task for this week is to start giving your liver a little bit of TLC, and I will look forward to seeing you next week for another edition of A Vogel’s Menopause Mondays.

 

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  • Lynn fincham

    Thank you for the intresting blog on the liver, Eileen I am having gallbladder surgery and I know that bile in incorrect production does not help the menopause. When my gallbladder is removed will this effect my liver with regard to the menopause

    • eileen

      Hi Lynn
      Getting your gallbladder removed can stress the liver a little more at times especially when bile is needed for digestion. You may find taking Milk Thistle Complex can help as this has a combination of herbs which are known to improve the production and flow of bile. Also watch your intake of fats so that you are not overtaxing the liver at mealtimes.

  • sabiha

    Great info , thanx

    • eileen

      Hi Sabiha
      You’re welcome, as always!

  • Anne

    Eileen I really look forward to Mondays to read your latest advice. I am 51 and have been experiencing many symptoms for about 4 years. I have found the severe fatique and muscle and joint pain the most annoying symptoms. I have been to my GP and he tells me there are no underlying issues. I find my muscles become very tense even in my throat which is very worrying. Have you heard of this symptom?

    • eileen

      Hi Anne
      Yes, this can happen and could be a combination of anxiety and also low magnesium affecting muscle function. You may find taking a magnesium citrate capsule or a liquid magnesium can help with this. Acupuncture may also be beneficial so worth looking into as well.

      • Anne

        Thanks for this advice Eileen. I will try magnesium to see does it ease my symptoms.

  • Tracy

    How long does hot flashes last ?

    • eileen

      Hi Tracy
      This is a really difficult question to answer as it will be different for every woman. Some don’t get flushes at all, others may only get them now and again and some can have them for the whole of the menopause. However, some flushes can be due to anxiety/stress so looking after yourself well is really important throughout the menopause!

  • Debbie Squire s

    Thanks. When you say fats in diet. What do you mean not eat healthy fats. I have no gall bladder and I eat avocados and almonds. Should I omit them or cut down?

    • eileen

      Hi Debbie
      Sorry, if there was any confusion, healthy fats are really important in the menopause so look for olive oil, coconut butter/oil, fish oils, however, if you have no gall bladder then you do need to watch that you don’t take too much at once. Avocados and nuts are a great source of healthy fats so can be eaten regularly in moderation if they don’t give you any digestive trouble.

  • Nicoletta Ofosu

    Please I will be happy if you can add my daughter’s name to your list. Because you have really been of help to me,THANK YOU.
    Name and email above.Thanks again.xxx

    • eileen

      Hi Nicoletta
      I will be happy to add your daughter to the list.

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