weight gain

“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:

  • Metabolism 
  • Detoxification
  • 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 
  • Cellulite 
  • Waking around 2am
  • Waking hot in the night 
  • Not hungry when you first get up in the morning
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • PMS
  • Bloating
  • 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:

  • Chamomile 
  • Orange
  • Bergamot 
  • Lavender 
  • Neroli 

Liver Disorders 

The below information is from the book The Secret Language of the Body by Inna Segal.

Liver disorders indicate the following: 

  • Irrational frustration 
  • Aggression 
  • Rage
  • Guilt 
  • Fear 
  • 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 
  • Imbalanced sleep
  • Trouble relaxing
  • 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 

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.