In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the liver is one of the organs connected with Spring. So it’s the perfect season to show our livers some lurve and get the most benefit out of it
The liver has a big job to do...it’s a busy organ!
If it were a person, it would be a mum with a full time job, with 3 children under 10 years at home, running her home, an active person on the PTA, doing part time work for charity and managing a major house renovation all at the same time…phew!!
So if you think you’re busy…spare a thought for your liver!
It has about 500 different things to do every day. I’m not going to bore you with listing every one of those but here are just a few really interesting ones:
cleans your blood by breaking down medications, drugs, alcohol by neutralizing the toxins and packaging them for safe elimination
makes bile, which helps with food digestion
stores important vitamins that the body needs for growth and repair
makes important ingredients for clotting your blood
helps maintain your blood sugar balance by acting as an energy storage system
So loving your liver is a really good idea.
And chances are, it’s taking a pretty regular bashing from us drinking too much coffee and alcohol, eating too many sugary drinks and snacks, eating foods that are processed, heavily sprayed with pesticides, contain toxins, chemicals or strange ingredients like artificial sweeteners, colours and other artificial ingredients (just have a look at the packets when you next go shopping and be prepared to be shocked).
Problem is…some of these things we love to indulge in tend to give our livers extra work, especially if it’s a regular indulgence! So, although it is always striving to do its best, the liver gets a bit congested, a bit sluggish.
If you’re feeling tired and lethargic, bloated and gassy, have constipation, a lack of focus, skin irritations, feel irritable and keep having emotional outbursts, chances are that your liver is congested. This congestion can also lead to hormone imbalance, a juicy topic close to my heart that I’m going to dedicate a separate blog to.
So how do you love your liver? Here are some easy things you can try this season:
Take a 7 day juice challenge
check out my facebook page for 7 nutrient packed juice recipes for you to follow. No need to cut out any meals. Just add a juice a day as a snack and your liver will love you for it because these juices will restore a balance and alkalinity to the body which really nourishes your liver, as well as cleansing your body. If you don't have a juicer, no problem, make it a smoothie. I'm currently posting a spring smoothie recipe daily on my facebook page too.
Take a plate-of-greens-a-day challenge
Eat at least a full big plate of these vegetables every day. Choose from kale, sprouts, asparagus, rocket, chard (for delicious recipe click here), cabbage, spinach…they all support your liver.
Add lots of garlic, coriander, parsley and turmeric to your food. Coriander and parsley can also go into the juices.
Use extra virgin coconut oil when you cook as it helps your liver detox.
Cut out the processed, ready-made food and Eat Real Food – the kind of food you buy the ingredients for and you cook yourself so you know what’s gone in it.
Get out in the sunshine and move – get your energy flowing, which will stop your liver from getting stagnant.
Peace and love,
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