Does liver cleansing need to change once we hit peri-menopause?

A: Yes your liver cleansing needs and update in peri-menopause.  Here's why...

So much changes when we hit peri-menopause.  Our body works differently.  What we need to do to lose weight changes.  The best way to exercise changes.  

And sure enough - the liver cleansing that felt so good 15 years ago - can leave us drained and dry these days.  

So... We need to find a way to cleanse that conserves our energy and moisture

How do every day detox and a Spring Cleanse work together?

Make sure your spring liver cleanse doesn't drain your energy so much that your daily liver detox is compromised for weeks afterwards!

Because if that happens, you'll end up with more toxins a month after your cleanse than before you started. 

It's really that daily detox that is MOST important.  Make sure your spring or seasonal cleanses don't leave your daily detox function drained afterwards.

Most liver cleanses are very drying

The herbs most commonly used for Liver Cleansing like milk thistle are very DRYING.  In Chinese medicine this means draining to your female hormones.  This is exactly the kind of cleansing you want to be careful of! 

What kind of cleanse preserves moisture and energy?

option 1 - Herbs

Herbs that support stage I and stage II liver cleansing without drying - while rebuilding energy reserves. 

option 2-diet for liver support

Reducing toxic load by eating a clean, anti-inflammatory diet. 

Including foods that support detox like broccoli and broccoli sprouts. 

A short fast (like 12-16 hours overnight) or an easier to digest, restful diet for a few days at a time

intestinal support

Your detox is only as good as your bowel movements.  Many of the toxins your liver cleanses out have to then go out of your body via your bowel movements.  Eating to support beautiful perfect bowel movements that gently cleanse the walls of your intestines every time they pass through really helps.   One of my favorite ways to do this is with the hydration rich fiber in congee - a special Chinese Rice Porridge. Check it out Here or Here. 

What your total, year-round cleansing routine can look like

Focus more on supporting daily detox 365 days/year than a once-a-year spring cleanse

All-Year Detox Support:

A simple but complete program for caring for your hormones during and after menopause includes...

  1. A diet rich in hormonal building blocks + detox nutrients and low in toxins
  2. Herbs to support hormone levels AND support liver function EVERY DAY without draining or drying

Seasonal Cleanse Support

Once you have this daily support in place,  adding a non-drying spring cleanse is great.  It can include: 

  • A cleaner or more restful diet for a few days
  • A larger dose of your non-drying liver herbs that support both stage I and stage II detox function
  • If you tolerate it well - some lemon water and things like cilantro and parsley juice to actively support liver function
  • Whatever it takes from congee to probiotics to bring your bowel movements up to as close to a 10/10 as you can get them

The cleansing equation

The amount of toxins your body can cleanse out each day decreases as you get older. 

So while maximizing and supporting that detox function is important...

It's also important to take in less toxins overall - so there's less work for your liver to do.  That way your liver has more of a chance of completing its workload every day.

And don't forget hydration

If you don't hydrate - nothing moves around your body easily - and toxins have a much harder time getting out!

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