Why A Healthy Liver Matters For Fertility

Apr 15, 2024

Why A Healthy Liver Matters For Fertility

We’re digging into how to improve liver health and what you need to know when you are TTC.

One of the themes we see with low AMH and/or high FSH is a sluggish liver.

If your liver is not functioning properly, it may not be able to remove estrogen from your body. This leads to estrogen reabsorption, which results in hormone imbalance.

Some signs of a sluggish liver include fatigue, headaches, poor digestion, cravings, weight gain around the middle and more.

So how do we get our liver in tip-top shape to balance hormones and get pregnant naturally?

Katy Bradbury is a registered nurse and nutritional therapist and part of my team here at Fab Fertile. She is our clinical advisor and an integral part of our Couples Coaching program, which uses functional lab testing, diet, and lifestyle changes to dramatically improve conception. If you are struggling with infertility, your body is desperately trying to tell you something. Focusing on your health will either help you get pregnant naturally or, if you do need to go to the fertility clinic, it will improve your chances of success.

    In this episode, you'll learn about:

    1. Why a healthy liver is important when you are TTC
    2. Which genetic variants are tied to the liver (and how to support them so you can optimize liver function)
    3. Symptoms of poor liver function and specific blood markers to review to ensure they are in the optimal range
    4. Diet, lifestyle and supplement recommendations for a healthy liver







        • Your liver is intrinsically linked to your reproductive health.
        • The liver is the primary detox organ in the body
        • Your liver is critically important to your ability to metabolize fats and absorb fat-soluble nutrients

        6:49 GENETIC PROFILE

        • Understanding detoxification phases
        • Genetic markers that tell us about liver function


        • Poor liver function can often be linked to mood, digestive, and skin issues
        • If you have high cholesterol, you need to check your liver markers.


        • The liver is responsible for estrogen detoxification.
        • The hormone metabolism detoxification pathway
        • We need to ensure that estrogen is being metabolized efficiently.


        • One of the best things you can do for your liver is eliminate alcohol consumption.
        • Even one glass of wine every so often can negatively impact your fertility.
        • Processed foods and environmental toxins put considerable strain on the liver.
        • Our livers need to have enough dietary antioxidants to function optimally.
        • Dig deeper to figure out the source of your pain rather than relying on NSAIDs.
        • Episode 357: The Dangers of Low-Fat Diets and Why An Optimal Lipid Panel Matters When TTC


        • Why we look at functional ranges versus allopathic reference ranges
        • The role of these markers in liver function
        • Medical gaslighting that often happens when markers are in the allopathic range but symptoms continue
        Marker Range (g/dL)
        Total protein and albumin/globulin (A/G) ratio 6.9 - 7.4 g/dL
        Albumin 4 - 5 g/dL or 40-50 g/L
        Globulin 2.4 - 2.8 g/dL
        Bilirubin 1 mg/dL or 17.1 mmol/L
        Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) Females: 10 - 20 IU/L
        Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) 70 - 100 IU/L
        Alanine transaminase (ALT) 10 - 25 IU/L


        • There are several different causes of jaundice in newborn babies


        • Maximizing liver health is one of the easiest wins to help you feel better.
        • The numerous benefits you’ll see once your liver function is optimized
        • The liver is involved in so many body processes that you will experience all-over body improvements by supporting your liver health.


        • So much is missed when we don’t take a whole-body approach
        • All our body systems are intricately connected.


        • Eating the rainbow is the best way to support your liver.
        • Including something bitter at the start of your meal helps to kickstart your liver enzymes
        • Foods you can add to your diet to easily support your liver function
        • You should be pooping 1-3 times per day.
        • Water is the essence of life, and most of us aren’t getting enough.
        • Ideally, we want to drink water frequently throughout the day rather than in huge amounts at long intervals.
        • Episode 144: What You Need To Know About Castor Oil Packs And Fertility with Dr. Marisol Teijerio
        • Castor oil packs are an excellent way to help the liver do its job
        • Movement is vital to help the lymphatic system drain out toxins
        • The types of movement that help lymphatic drainage the most
        • Supplements and herbs that can be helpful for liver health
        • So many aspects of fertility come down to B vitamins
        • A personalized supplementation protocol under the guidance of an experienced provider is essential
        • How fertility yoga can help to support you in the fertility journey

        46:22 FINAL THOUGHTS

        • You can do more harm than good by self-prescribing supplements and herbs




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