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Frequent Urination: The Liver/Bladder Connection

By Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

December 23, 2015


Do you ever experience bouts of frequent urination? You know the feeling, searching for the nearest bathroom just in case you have to go for the 10th time! Or maybe this isn't a rare issue for you and you actually suffer this daily. I want to bring light to a possible reason your body is constantly trying to urinate, and it has nothing to do with diagnoses you can make on webmd- Your Liver.

The liver is a very large organ in the body that is responsible for so many different roles, but the one role we will focus on is detoxification. The liver filters and processes blood as it circulates through the body. When harmful or “toxic” chemicals/nutrients come through the liver, its job is to get it out of the body in order to protect you from harm. The liver then releases the toxins into the bile which helps to transport it out of the body. This process only works if bowels are consistent (not constipated); otherwise the toxins will be moved elsewhere in the body.

liver, congestionNow if the liver is working overtime with all of the functions it is responsible for (due to poor eating, toxin exposure, too much sugar, fighting bacteria/fungus, etc.) then the liver will become sluggish and congested. This will slow down the detoxification pathways through the liver. Luckily, the human body is equipped with another means to detoxify- the kidneys. The kidneys will start to work harder to detoxify the blood and remove wastes through the urine. The harder the kidneys have to work to take some pressure off of the liver, the more urination you will experience!

So how can we take some pressure off the overworking kidneys? By helping the liver! First we need to figure out what exactly is congesting the liver, then working on improving those areas first. We need to make sure elimination pathways through the bowels are consistently open. Then, we want to detoxify the liver in a safe manner (only when your body is ready). When your liver is functioning properly, your urination will become normalized and you can focus on the activities you love instead of searching for a bathroom!

This is by no means a medical diagnosis or a research-based claim. This is based on observations from my clinic and my own health. This type of correlation of whole-body examinations is very difficult to do research trials on as each body is different and every person has different root causes for symptoms.

About the author

Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

Bryan Carroll is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Movement Therapist who helps the outdoors community to reduce injuries and improve their health so they can get back to exploring nature. His big health crisis from mold exposure taught him the importance of finding the root causes to illnesses so you can take back control of your life. He is also the host of the Summit For Wellness Podcast.

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