It’s the liver that holds the answers to the questions about mystery weight gain. If you’re gaining weight it means that your liver is sluggish. While two other factors, the thyroid and the adrenals, can often be involved, weight gain is really about what your liver is up against.”
Anthony William, The Medical Medium
The liver is the body’s second largest organ and is the chief detoxification officer in our body. It drives our ability to burn fat and can be the key factor that helps us heal for good. In Chinese medicine the liver is one of the most important organs and the key function is to ensure the flow of energy around the mind and body.
Functions of the liver include:
Storing of blood
Production of bile to help with digestion and absorbing fats
Conversion of glycogen into glucose to be then sent into the bloodstream to meet the body’s demands to keep blood sugar levels constant
Symptoms of an imbalanced liver
A fat roll below the bra line
Tender point at the centre of your torso
Waking around 2am
Waking hot in the night
Not hungry when you first get up in the morning
Emotionally – Anger, irritability, rage moodiness, impatience, depression, nervous tension, rigid attitude, negative outlook, self-disgust and envy
Nausea, headaches and migraines
Gynaecological and menstrual problems
Addictions – food, drugs or alcohol as the emotional tension gives rise to addictions
How to take care of your liver
Considering the build-up of toxins in our environment, our liver works overtime! Here are some ways that you can take care of your liver daily.
Limit your fat intake
Increase your water intake
Eat natural foods keep the liver healthy and efficient
Drink a vegetable juice in the morning
Drink 240ml of hot water with 1tbsp of apple cider vinegar 5-20mins before meals, or alternatively squeeze of 1/2 fresh lemon in warm water
Eat foods to strengthen the liver including sesame seeds, turmeric, parsley, peppermint tea, seeds and nuts, oysters and fish
Avoid foods not recommended for the liver including cheeses, cream, coffee, alcohol and sugars
If you have a low intake of vitamin B vitamins it could be useful to take a supplement to ensure optimal detoxification
Take a break from alcohol to restore your liver
Essential Oils for the liver:
The below information is from the book The Secret Language of the Body by Inna Segal.
Liver disorders indicate the following:
Desire to inflict self- punishment
You sabotage your progress
Constant inner struggle and conflict
Difficulty in making decisions
Can find fault and blame others
Inclined to act like a victim
Overlooks other people’s advice and suggestions
Unable to trust others
Remember you do not have to be all the above, perhaps you may relate to one or just a few.
Repressed emotions can accumulate in the form of tight muscles and tension in our shoulders, back and neck. Backache can also occur in the middle part of the back.
Release feelings of anger by
Writing your feelings relating to anger in your journal
If you are still harbouring anger towards someone, imagine that you are having a conversation with that person and express all your feelings and things that needed to be said. Really allow yourself to vent your anger and imagine the other person listening attentively. Finish this process by visualising a happy parting of ways
Physically release your anger by punching a pillow or stamping your feet
As you can see the liver has such a wide range of functions and when it’s not functioning properly, both physical and emotional illnesses can set in. By looking after your liver, you are looking after your mind, body and spirit.
Justine Whitfield is a mindset coach, energetic healer, and reflexologist who helps people return to wellness in the body, mind and spirit so they can live a fulfilling and joyful life.