The liver is an organ that is crucial for storage and blood regulation. It is vital for breaking down fat and converting glucose into glycogen. It even removes amino acids from the blood and transfers them into urea which is passed through the kidneys. The liver is also associated with hormone production and storing vitamins. In fact, the liver is the only organ that is known to regenerate its tissues such that even if 70% of it has been cut out, it will be able to re-grow again.
Another organ that works along side with the liver is the gall bladder; it’s a small organ which is connected to the liver and stores bile. It’s the bile that neutralizes the acids and emulsifies the fat, helping with digestion.
So, its time for…
Spring is known as the season for cleansing, it’s also the time to help the liver (yin) and the gall bladder (yang) function correctly, since these organs are in focus during this season. The gall bladder/liver meridians are related to the wood element. They control both the muscles and the joints, and their health is reflected by the toenail as well as the fingernails. The energy of the liver is reflected in the eyes. People that have a strong wood element have a clear vision on setting their goals, they have a plan and execute it skilfully and can even argue with decisiveness and clarity.
But what about…
In our busy and highly pressurised world, our livers, and consequently the gall bladder, easily become congested, obstructed or even overloaded with too much fat, toxins and chemicals. These substances can disrupt the function of the liver and gall bladder hampering with the energy within the body and stopping it from flowing. This results in a variety of emotional and physical symptoms.
Not only that, but the digestive system is also affected because the stress on the liver can upset the functioning of the stomach, the pancreas and the spleen, which can result in ulcers, inflammation diabetes and bloating. These can in turn influence the intestines resulting in inflammatory conditions like, enteritis and colitis.
What Should You Do?
You’ve heard of it before “less is more”, so you should do less and in turn you’ll have more energy. Cut down on overloading and let the liver rest. Try eating foods that are cleansers or are blood tonics that will assist the liver in its function. Blood tonic foods are rich in chlorophyll which means you need to add loads of greens in your diet like, raspberries, beetroot, dark grapes, spirulina and even organic animal livers. Spring is the time to think about detoxification. You can even opt for a wide range of herbs that can be available at your local herbalists, acupuncture clinic or in Chinese medicine.
So, this spring, let your liver rest, avoid overloading on fatty foods and think about yoga poses for energy.