There is going to come a time when your body is going to be exposed to dangerous toxins both externally from our environment in the air, water, and soil, and internally through metabolic waste and the process of eating.
If your body is not prepared for the bombardment of toxic residues, you might suffer from an onslaught of physical and emotional challenges as your body tries to cleanse itself.
So, how can we prepare for an overload of toxins if we can’t even avoid them? We need to ensure that our detoxification organs are in excellent condition and supported by us on many levels.
Our body is fearfully and wonderfully made and is designed to self-heal, and to support us on this journey through life.
The first place we have to start is with the liver because it is our major detoxification organ. When the liver is suffering from toxic overload, or it’s not getting the support it needs, it gives us a variety of symptoms to let us know something is wrong.
Herewith some signs of liver stress:
• Digestive problems, bloating, distension
• Lipomas, which are Fatty deposits under the skin
• Muscular tension (head, neck, shoulders, hips), tight tendons
• Allergies and environmental sensitivities
• Irregular menstrual cycle
• Migraine headaches
• Dry eyes, (also s sign of dehydration) blurry eyes
• Anger and irritability
• Inflexibility (both physical and emotional)
In ancient times they viewed the liver as the “Commander.”
The liver rules the morning and gives us the capacity to wake up energized and inspired. If you can’t get out of bed in the morning, it’s a sure sign that the liver has been compromised in some way.
The sense organ associated with the liver is the eyes, so floaters, dry eyes and red irritated eyes can all show liver stress.
The sour flavour governs the liver and has a gathering effect, which is imperative for the support of our physical structure. The Nei Ching advise, too much of the sour flavour will cause the flesh to tighten. This leads to inflexibility in body, mind and spirit.
A healthy liver ensures our physical, emotional and spiritual needs are balanced. When the liver is compromised, anger and frustration arise. So the next time you have an anger outburst, think about your liver and what it might be yelling out to you. Also take note at how many angry and frustrated people you know. Perhaps it is time for you to share this amazing fact with them.
The liver and its complementary organ system, the gallbladder, are considered our creative channel and when physical, emotional and spiritual needs are balanced, creativity flows. If you find yourself feeling stuck and unable to create what you want to create, it’s time to get creative to help support your liver in some unconventional ways.
Here are 5 things you can do right now to ensure your commanding organ is given the support it needs to do it’s job more effectively:
1. FAST OR CLEANSE: Fasting once is a while is a good habit to get into – it’s been around for a very long time for good reason.
Fasting from food gives your liver, digestive system and kidneys a break, and your body can work on detoxing your system more effectively and efficiently.
2. ELIMINATE OR REDUCE FRIED FOODS: Fatty Fried foods cause the liver to work overtime breaking down the toxic residue of oxidised fats.
A quick stir-fry is not the issue here. I’m talking about French fries, fried calamari, fried chicken or duck, deep-fried oreos that have all been cooked in oxidised oils. (High, continuous heat oxidises and damages oils).
3. EAT SMALLER MEALS: When you eat, your body produces metabolic waste. If you overeat, it puts a great deal of stress on the liver.
Smaller meals, means the liver and the digestive system have less work to do breaking down large quantities of nutrients. Overeating supports the food economy, but certainly not the health of your physical body.
4. USE SOUR AND ASTRINGENT HERBS AND FOODS: The sour flavour can be found in many foods; lemons, sprouts, green apples, oats, yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, which is a Korean spicy pickled cabbage.
Remember to find the right balance of sour in your life, both too little and too much can impact liver health.
5. FIND A CREATIVE OUTLET: The liver is not just a physical organ with a mechanical process. According to ancient wisdom it is our creative channel.
Find something that inspires you creatively and take a class. Some suggestions: cooking, writing, painting, singing, pottery, crafts, knitting. I am sure you get the picture… now start drawing a picture, even if it’s a stick figure! Get your creative juices flowing to support the health of the liver on a deeper level.
When your liver gets what it needs from you, it can do its job better to support your physical, emotional and spiritual health much better.