You Won't Believe the Difference in How You Feel
We don't often, if ever, think about our liver, until it is a state of dis-ease. Read on please, to learn about why you want to Love Up Your Liver now.
Spring is considered the ideal time to cleanse the liver, though there are other times throughout the year. Spring cleansing is most potent due to the fact that most of us have enjoyed heavier, richer, more nourishing foods in late fall and winter—especially those of us living in cold, dark, climates such as Minnesota. Heavier foods ask the liver to work harder. When spring arrives, we often naturally find ourselves looking for lighter meals.
As I share with my clients, Mother Nature takes excellent care of us as she provides signals and resources as to what to eat to help cleanse the body. Among the first things She provides are dandelion greens, the first crops to come up in the garden are early spinach and other bitter greens. These dark, leafy bitter greens are not only delicious, but help clear any accumulated heat/pitta before the heat of summer arrives.
As summer progresses, it is important to observe oneself and if signs of heat (Please see Keep Your Cool article)
About Pitta, Agni, Heat and Liver....
Heat + Heat = more heat. In other words, like increases like. The liver has many tasks to perform, some sources state over 300 so one can see it is important to love up their liver! The liver is a hot, fiery organ so it is closely connected to agni and pitta dosha. It is easy to see how the liver is susceptible to excess heat and how quickly pitta can go out of balance. Pitta imbalances located throughout the body and mind are usually rooted in sub-optimal liver and gallbladder function. Pitta aggravation is often the cause or the effect of a liver in need of love.
PLEASE peruse the symptoms listed below. If you experience any of these symptoms or in general feel hot or inflamed, please consider helping yourself by scheduling consultation. Addressing such symptoms early helps support your overall health and happiness. It won't be hard to do, it might even taste good, and you will feel better.
Common Symptoms Related to Gallbladder Concerns:
• Gas and Bloating
• Occasional Heartburn
• Occasional Constipation
• Looser stools
• Gray Stools
• Yellow Stools
• Blood sugar concerns
• Stomach discomfort
• Abdominal discomfort
• Chest discomfort
• Breathing concerns
• Menstrual and Menopausal Transition challenges
* General sense of heat
* Control Oriented
* Being overly critical
* Burning, itchy, red eyes
* Rashes, hives, acne
* Burning, itching skin
* Loose stools
* Craving cool things, often iced coffee
* Feeling burnt out
Here is a list of 10 ways you can improve bile flow and bile production:
Perhaps the most well-studied herb for the increased production and delivery of bile is turmeric.
2. Fish Oils
Eat one red beet per day. Beets have natural nitrates that open up bile ducts and increase bile flow.
• Hot Sips: Sip 2-3 sips of plain tea hot water every 15-20 minutes throughout the day for two weeks.
• Drink half your ideal body weight in ounces of purified room temperature water each day.
• Drink hot Digestive Tea from Saumya Ayurveda.
Eat 1-2 apples a day. Apples are high in malic acid, which naturally opens bile ducts and allows bile to flow.
Soluble fiber attaches to toxic bile and takes it to the toilet, forcing the liver to manufacture fresh bile. Eat more:
• Roughage like leafy greens
• Root veggies
• Apple pectin and celery contain insoluble fiber, which sweeps the intestines of toxins.
Lemons reduce uric acid levels and increase bile flow. Try to consume the juice of 1 lemon per day.
8. Lemon Juice + Olive Oil
Take 1-2 tsp of lemon juice and 1-2 tbsp of extra-virgin organic olive oil together before bed for a month.
Adding 1-2 tsp of ghee in the diet per day is a great way encourage bile flow, better intestinal health and gallbladder contraction. When doing one of our kitchari home cleanses, start with 1-2 tsp of ghee each day and only increase the dose if the previous dose was comfortable. Ghee is known to detox the liver.
10. Protect the Intestinal Skin
Whole, unprocessed foods are key—eating food as nature produced it. There are several herbs that are excellent for supporting the health of the intestinal skin. **Please check with me for specific herbal guidance.
These are general recommendations and should not take the place of a consultation as each one may not be correct for you. Please check in with me to receive Love Up Your Liver guidance to meet your specific needs.