What do you need your liver for?

This is part 4 of my organ series.

The next organ I’m going to talk about is the whole complex of your liver and gallbladder.

If you’ve been following this blog post series, you are probably aware that every organ has its prime time or peak activity time. For your liver and gallbladder, that peak activity time falls between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. When your gallbladder finishes digestion, it’s your liver’s responsibility to rejuvenate your body. But, rejuvenation can only take place if the digestive work is done. Eating late (after 7 p.m.) leads to a disruption of your normal liver/gallbladder cycle. That’s why you are so tired in the morning, even when you had enough sleep.

In my previous posts, I told you about the organ-emotion connection. The emotion that is connected to your liver and gallbladder is anger. This anger can reveal itself as pain in your body. For example, have you ever experienced a stiffness of your neck, or pain in or underneath your right shoulder blade or on your right abdomen? Do you recall any association with repressed anger or stress at work?

It took me a long time to realize what triggered my pain and where it came from. Most of the time, it is not socially accepted to act out your anger. So what do we do instead? We turn our anger inward and have internal fights with ourselves. The healthy way to handle moments of anger would be to do rigorous exercise or talk to a friend. Unfortunately, most of us rarely choose these options.

Our repressed, unexpressed anger doesn’t just disappear. It turns our bodies against us. And what’s the result? Illness. That’s why your body hurts.

There is a saying in Chinese medicine: “The liver opens into the eyes.” What this means is that the Chinese believe our eyes are the liver’s related sensory organs.

If you wear glasses or contacts to correct your vision, this fact might surprise you: You can change your vision, dry eyes or any other eye ailment by taking care of your liver function. I have done many liver cleanses, and have changed my diet. As a result, my vision improved. In fact, I had to get new contacts several times because my vision had improved so much.

In my work with patients who have battled cancer, the subject of hair loss after chemo often comes up. They want to know what actions they can take to encourage their hair to grow. The first thing I address is getting their liver function back to normal. That takes better care of new hair growth than anything else.

Another relationship exists for women between the liver and uterus. PMS, prolonged, short or weak menstruation can be another way your body is telling you to take care of your liver and gallbladder.

And there is also a relationship between the thyroid and liver. You see there are many, many connections you probably never heard of.

I belief one of the most important things you can do for your body is restore or improve your liver function by eating green vegetables. Also, adding green juice, green smoothies, or sautéed green veggies to your diet is the easiest and best place to start. Be sure you dial down on meat, eggs, diary and coffee.

Since taking care of your liver function is such an important topic, I will write a series about recognizing liver signs, cleansing and restoring liver function.

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