- Resolve your anger.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Liver is the organ that holds the anger and irritability, which are associated emotions for this organ. Somebody who has a lot of inappropriate anger will develop some kind of Liver pattern and/or pathology. At the same time, weakened Liver can expressed itself in these feelings. Chicken or egg, don’t be angry – visit there but don’t stay there J
- Avoid toxic chemicals.
This is self-explanatory concept; avoid all that your overworked Liver cannot process easily. Here are only a few environmental “offenders” to your Liver – chemical cleaners, medications, anything and everything artificial (our ancestors did not have to worry about this one!), flavorings, drinking and eating from plastic dishes/bottles. Containers and/or eating from canned food.
- Avoid drugs and alcohol.
- Eat healthy breakfast.
Skipping your breakfast will do a number on your Liver – it will slow down your metabolism, lower your energy levels leading to sluggish Liver. Eating foods rich in saturated fats will, in fact, benefit your Liver – they will restore your glycogen levels, which help your Liver function properly throughout the day.
- Go to bed at the same time every night, preferably 10pm (I know, right!).
The liver is most active between 1 am – 3 am and needs your cooperation – if you’re not getting enough sleep you’re not allowing your Liver to be at it’s best during peak hours (1-3).
- Take herbs – Milk Thistle, Dandelion, Reishi Mushrooom and Turmeric.
- Eat foods that help the liver: Kale, chard, brussel sprouts, beets, carrots, parsley, dandelion leaves, and artichoke hearts.
- Stop over exercising. You may not know this, but – too long/extensive work out causes the production of free radicals that your Liver may not have resources to deal with in timely manner. Take a little break and love thy Liver.
LIVER DETOX DRINK
1 Cup of water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon lime
2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
1 whole Fiji apple (cut in slices)
½ of beet
1 celery stalk
1 tablespoon of honey (avoid if you cannot have honey)
Cinnamon (for flavor)
Mix in blender for 15-20 seconds – enjoy!