The Livers Liver
Our organs are effected every day by our lifestyle and environmental factors and, let’s face it, in this day and age, some things are simply unavoidable. The obvious things, like the combination of what we consume, our activities, habits, and our environment have consequences on our organs. The liver is one of the most susceptible organs to damage, being that it literally filters all that is bad for our bods. But here is something we often forget or are possibly unaware of. The liver, along with other organs, is also effected by our emotions. Surely, you’ve heard the phrase, “Stress is the biggest killer.” This phrase is more relevant than we may give it credit for. It speaks volumes about what is happening to many individuals globally.
Often times a person will see the warning signs of an unhealthy liver and they may make great strides in eating healthier, exercising more, juicing, eating raw and/or organic, but they may not evaluate how they’re dealing with their emotions. Anger, for example, is an emotion that the liver seems to be greatly affected by. Now this is not to say that eating healthy and exercise are unimportant, but that the physical and emotional entities are fully connected, and one element cannot be healthy without the other. It’s a synchronized system.
Take a look at the signs of an unhealthy liver, according to International bestselling author, Donna Gates:
- Small red flecks the size of a pinhead that come and go at different places on the body
- Skin diseases like acne, hives and eczema.
- Hormonal imbalances that affect mood, menses, fertility, and weight.
- Sinus and lymphatic congestion Small red flecks the size of a pinhead that come and go at different places on the body.
- Headaches and migraines.
- Depression and irritability.
- Digestive discomfort such as heartburn, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation.
- Tightness along the shoulders and neck. She also recommends doing a simple test if you’re unsure about your liver’s health: Place the fingers of your right hand over and underneath your ribcage on the right side of your body. Is the area tender to the touch? If you answered yes, it is time to pay a little more attention to your liver. And if you notice the signs of a congested liver and struggle with anger, Chinese medicine principles suggest you may want to find ways to go with the flow of life a little (or a lot) more. Find the way of least resistance, express less anger, and, as your liver becomes healthier, you will feel less irritable and depressed. When you suddenly get unexpected circumstances that arise, what do you do? Does it ruin your day, week, month, or do you simply go with the flow, and say, "Ok, this is what it is now," and make new decisions. If you're a "fixed" personality, this may have been challenging for you in your life. But it is never too late to change the things that are not working for you. Remind yourself that your anger doesn't serve you in a positive way. Anger is associated with the lower vibrations, which are opposite of higher vibrations like gratitude, appreciation, and love. Anger, shame, and guilt can manifest themselves into some pretty nasty diseases if you don't find a way to get it in check, so chill out a bit. Try shifting your thinking: Instead of thinking things are happening TO YOU, take a step back and just be an observer. Remember how humanity used to think that everything revolved around the earth, until they had to re-learn that actually revolves around the sun? We could use that as our metaphor, to understand that we don't have to take everything so personal, to know that it's not only about what's happening to us, and that the world does not revolve around us. Instead of thinking about what you're LACKING, focus more on WHAT YOU'RE
GIVING. It could take some practice, and like most of us, we will need reminders sometimes.
In addition to finding your flow, detoxing your liver will kick start it back to a healthy state. Here a few things you can start, which Donna Gates shares in her article:
1. Eat a vegetarian diet or plant-based diet. These foods are alkaline and cleansing. They will slowly and gently encourage a detoxification process that supports healthy liver function. During this time, avoid animal fats and meats, which can be extra work for the liver.
2. Go to sleep with a completely empty stomach. Eat early in the evening. Make the last meal of the daylight. 3. Keep the colon clear. The liver empties into the colon. It is important to support complete and full bowel movements, especially when cleansing the liver.
4. Give your liver herbal support. Liver-cleansing herbs are herbs like milk thistle, dandelion root, barberry, and artichoke.
5. Get out into nature as much as possible. If you live in a city, take walks through a park or garden. Be sure to breathe deeply and evenly.
For more on liver cleansing, here is another useful article you maybe want to check out: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/natural-health/how-to-detox-your-liver/
Donna's website: http://bodyecology.com