We put our livers through a lot. They take the brunt of it when we treat ourselves to a few beers, nachos and wings. They detox, help digest and do it all over again day after day.
They’re great little organs. They work hard, and they need to be rewarded for it. So, let’s give our livers a little love!
Let’s start with the basics.
What does your liver do for you?
Your liver is the largest solid organ in your body and is also one of the hardest working. It’s located on the right inside the abdomen, up under your ribcage. It’s very important to our health since, without it, our bodies wouldn’t be able to metabolize or digest our food, our hormones would be out of whack, and our blood wouldn’t circulate properly. It even helps maintain clear skin, maintain a strong immune system, and helps our moods stay brighter. A healthy liver recognizes toxins in our bodies and then converts them so they don’t do any harm. Source
So, how do you know if your liver needs some love?
Your cholesterol and levels of fat are off
This might show up as weight gain, heart disease, heightened triglyceride levels, higher levels of “bad cholesterols” and lowered levels of “good cholesterols”. A healthy liver maintains levels of fats in the bloodstream.
Your digestion is challenged
You might be exhibiting symptoms such as bloating, loss of appetite, constipation, and poor ability to digest fatty foods. Your liver produces bile which aids in digestion. So, to simplify things, when there’s less bile, these problems show up.
Your skin is irritated
Problems with your liver can show up on your skin in the form of itching, rashes, eczema, psoriasis, acne, and so on. This is because there’s a buildup of toxins in your body.
Your blood sugar is out of whack
One of the liver’s primary functions is to regulate blood sugar, and when that isn’t happening problems can present such as dizziness, nausea, vomiting, low energy, weakness, loss of appetite, fever and abdominal pain.
Your hormones aren’t balanced
This can show up as confusion, depression, sleep problems, mood swings, irregular menstruation or heavy and clotted periods, fibroids, and ovarian cysts.
You have other symptoms such as…
Coffee and alcohol intolerance, yellowing in the eyes, you bruise easily, have swelling in your feet or abdomen, bad breath, heartburn, body odor, dark urine and stool. Source
Improve Liver Health
If you’re experiencing a handful of these symptoms or more, then let’s talk about how you can improve your liver function.
Liver Friendly Diet
Try an anti-inflammatory diet that is low in sugar, and high in fiber and antioxidants. Sugars, nitrates (like those that show up in processed meats), hydrogenated oils, and processed foods and sweeteners are hard on the liver. So, what I encourage you to do is eat whole foods - lots of veggies, fruits, unrefined carbohydrates, and high-quality fats and proteins.
To help your liver get back to its old self again, you can also ensure you’re eating a variety of these foods: leafy greens, bitter greens, fresh herbs, green tea, raw honey, coconut oil and apple cider vinegar.
Liver Friendly Mindset
Change your mindset. In a spiritual context, problems with your liver represent resistance to change, fear and anger. Since our bodies mirror our inner state of being, Louise Hay’s belief was that the liver is the “seat of anger and rage.”
So, give your liver some love and clear out this fear by moving into a healthier mindset. Affirmations can be a really powerful tool to not only shift out of negativity but also to attract the energy that you want to be surrounded by.
Affirmations such as these ones can help you show your liver some care:
- My mind is cleansed & free.
- I leave the past & move into the new.
- All is well.
- My body loves to be healthy.
- All of my organs work perfectly.
- I see with love. I hear with compassion.
- I am healthy, healed and whole.
One simple tip to Love Your Liver.
To your happiness and health,