Who loves their liver? I do!
I think about and try to care for my liver as it’s critical for maintaining optimal health. The liver boasts the title of the largest organ in the body. It sits on the right side body under the rib cage, weighs 3-4 pounds & contains about 10% of the body’s blood. Damn son, that’s big! (That’s what she said).
You can say the liver is the body’s Chief of Staff. It has quite a big job & performs many operational functions. It breaks down red blood cells, aids immune function, has a role in hormone stability & makes carrier proteins. We mostly know it as the major detox organ & cheekily refer to it when we drink alcohol. However, it’s not just alcohol that can impair it’s function. Everything goes through the liver; food, beverages, smells, vision & those things you put on your skin, like soap, lotion & makeup.
Given it’s high powered job, excess stress or emotion greatly impacts the liver. Sound familiar? In TCM, the liver & gallbladder, it’s yang counterpart, are associated w. anger. Do you have trouble unwinding from the day or going w. the flow & letting things go? Get bent out of shape easily? Waking up between 1a-3a on a consistent basis? That’s the time for liver peak function. These are signs you’re holding onto anger & there’s stagnation in the liver.
The 👀 are related to the liver. 👁 issues like blurry vision, red or dry 👀 , itchy 👀 may be a sign that your liver is not functioning as smoothly as it could be. I mean, we stare at screens all day. Of course there are 👁 issues.
Foods that help your liver are; dark leafy greens like arugula, dandelion, kale, bok choy, cilantro & parsley; cruciferous veggies like cauliflower, broccoli & brussels sprouts; grapefruit, blueberries and cranberries. Some supplements to help liver flow: Milk thistle, Selenium (eat 2 brazil nuts/day), dandelion (I drink tea). Definitely make sure that you’re drinking adequate amounts of h2o as that helps flush the system. Think about waking up after a night of drinking & you can’t get enough water. Hi liver!
Exercise & sleep also help keep the liver qi strong, flowing & to lower stress levels.
How do you take care of your liver?