Do Anxiety And Stress Make Your Liver Sick?

Do Anxiety And Stress Make Your Liver Sick?

A Happy Liver Equals A Life Of Abundance.

SO……. Stress And Anxiety make your liver sick….?

The answer is YES!

According to Clara Cohen from the Aqu Pro Academy,  stress affects the Liver FIRST, as it tightens and stops the flow of Qi (Chi) and THE SMOOTH FLOW OF QI IS VITAL TO A HEALTHY LIVER.

And according to Dr. Julie Hein Ball, who is a Liver transplant surgeon at Mayo Clinic, it is the fastest-growing dis-ease today, and initially, you may not even know that you have it.

We all think that Liver issues are only related to excessive alcohol use and partying too hard, and although this is a very real cause, it is NOT always the case.

We all experience anxiety and stress on a daily basis. But due to the Covid pandemic and during the lockdown, the number of people suffering from CHRONIC anxiety and stress has escalated, and health issues have taken its toll on a large percentage of the population worldwide. The liver, as we know now is targeted when you’re chronically stressed.

BUT, MORE ABOUT YOUR “ANXIOUS LIVER” LATER……

LET’S FIRST LOOK AT YOUR LIVER AND IT’S FUNCTIONS.

Your liver has MORE than 400 plus functions in your body.

First and foremost, your liver acts as a filtration station for your body. 

Your liver absorbs nutrients, and stores these nutrients until your body needs to use it as energy.

Your liver purifies your blood and also stores blood for energy purposes.This is particularly important for the ladies who suffer from very heavy and painful or erratic and irregular menstruation, which normally relates to distorted liver Qi.

Your Liver neutralizes toxins, and converts the toxins into harmless substances or eliminates them from your body.

For twenty-four hours a day, your liver takes in unclean blood, filters it, and refreshes it. It then releases clean blood back into your body.

Your Liver is also a VERY important organ for a well-functioning metabolism, so if you gain weight easily and struggle to shed it, or if you struggle with BELLY FAT, your LIVER is probably UNHAPPY!!  

Your liver produces bile which is necessary for breaking down the fats in food, and stores glucose to use as energy, but the more inflammation you have in your liver, the less it can produce the correct amount of bile that aids in your digestion. And the more your digestion is compromised, the more of a “leaky gut” you will have.

The more inflammation there is in your body, caused by a sluggish liver that cannot detoxify your body properly, the harder your adrenals will have to work to produce cortisol. Keep in mind that your adrenals will already be fatigued if you are stressed and anxious. The “underproduction” of Cortisol will result in suppressing neurotransmitters such as Gabba, Dopamine, Serotonin, and Melatonin, which in turn cause more anxiety. IT’S A VICIOUS CIRCLE!!!

YOUR LIVER IS BY FAR THE MOST “UNSUNG HERO” IN YOUR BODY !

THE LIVER, EMOTION CORRELATION IS VERY REAL….

Here are some  symptoms directly related to an UNHAPPY LIVER and directly linked to stress and anxiety.

And I must mention that I have FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE of these symptoms…..ALL OF THEM!

If you have any chronic issues with movement or stiffness in your tendons, ligaments, or joints, or for instance, if you suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, then your Liver may very well be the culprit, (not that the LIVER is ever the culprit, but you know what I mean). The liver controls sinews, that’s why movement in those areas will be affected.

The Liver is also the “pathway” to your eyes and controls your tears. So, if you have chronic teary eyes or chronically red eyes, this could definitely indicate that your liver is congested.The Liver is also the “pathway” to your eyes.

If you’re feeling “stuck” and you are not able to plan or strategize, you may want to look at the possibility of an unhappy liver. This means that you will also have difficulty setting goals, or completing projects.

If you struggle to have a vision for the future, or you’re not being able to strategize, or if you’re having difficulty in setting goals, then you would not be able to see projects through and make decisions. 

If you are sighing a lot, (and you will probably don’t know that you are), then it DEFINITELY indicates stagnant liver Qi. And as weird as it sounds, listen to yourself or others and you will KNOW the difference between a “normal” sigh, and frequent sighing.

When the smallest meal or even just a glass of water makes you feel bloated and you are chronically bloated, you would definitely be checking for a congested liver. And as a matter of interest, a congested liver more often than not go hand in glove with gut issues.

Chronic Constipation. (Often related to stress anyway).

A lot of people suffer from CHRONIC neck and shoulder tension, often accompanied by stiffness and pain in the back trapezius area. These are very common symptoms when the flow of Qi is erratic due to a congested liver.

The FIRST symptoms that should give you a clear indication of an unhappy liver are anger tantrums, feeling frustrated, being impatient more than usual, and having a short fuse.

I have a wonderful way of knowing when to do a liver check…..if I get mad at the plastic bag for not opening, then IT’S TIME!

So, if you’re feeling resentful about the smallest things and you’re moody or snap the stick at an ant crossing you’re path……then IT’S TIME to pay attention to your liver. 

Below is a very effective tool to help you DETOX FROM EMOTIONS AND FROM ANXIETY!

Seven steps to RELEASE ANXIETY and ENERGIZE JOY!

Your liver is known as “the seat of emotions”, and in particular anger. Anger DISRUPTS the function of the liver.

Insufficient dispersion of blood by the liver leads to the emotion of irritability, which stems from anger and ANGER FUELS LIVER DISEASE, so it becomes a vicious circle.

This is the part where I’m going to tell you not to despair…..

It may look and feel gloomy, BUT there are wonderful and effective ways to deal with ALL OF THIS and will be discussed later on in this article.

If you’re clumsily walking into door frames or bumping into them as if you’re balance is compromised, or you are droppings things, feeling disconnected and “in a bubble” with difficulty in concentration, then you more than likely have a congested liver. Stagnant liver Qi can cause compromised balance in every area.

SO…….How do we get a congested liver?

First and foremost…..STRESS AND ANXIETY are the MAIN reasons for getting your liver in a knot!

COMFORT FOOD goes hand in glove with stress and anxiety, that’s why I call it “anxiety snacking”. The fact of the matter is, most people “comfort eat”, and the REASONS for that is a topic for another article. We reach for the sugary and carby foods because they taste good. Most unfortunately the liver takes the brunt and we suffer the consequences.

TOXINS are not that easy to avoid completely in the environment we find ourselves in today. Toxins are in our food, our cleaning materials as well as in our skincare and hair products. It’s in perfumes, candles, and in our workplace, it’s everywhere and comes in many different forms, it’s in the air we breathe and in the water we drink. It IS possible to eliminate toxins to a large extend from your living environment, and your life, IF you wish to become that dedicated.

So, the more toxins your body is exposed to, whether it’s stress, food, or the environment, the harder your liver has to work to remove them. Eventually, your liver becomes sluggish and congested, and your health problems become chronic.

A SLUGGISH LIVER WILL EVENTUALLY BECOME A FATTY LIVER (And it doesn’t take that long).

Here are some ways to Detox Your Liver Naturally:

1. I would honestly say, that REDUCING your stress and anxiety is the MOST IMPORTANT to start with. There are fantastic ways and many tools that work extremely well to minimize stress and anxiety. It just takes a bit of discipline and commitment. Your anxious brain is a big part of the problem here. If you learn how to “de-stress” your anxious brain, you will be in a good place already!

2. Grievances and un-forgiveness lead to resentment and anger and is toxic to every area of your life. As I’ve mentioned earlier, the liver is THE SEAT OF ANGER. LET IT GO! (your anger, not your liver). Find ways or a counselor to help you with this, but do it! You will NEVER have a happy liver (or life for that matter), if you have unresolved or residual anger. Trust me on this, I’m SPEAKING FROM EXPERIENCE.

3. It becomes exceedingly difficult for your liver to do its job when you pack in the sugar. I suggest you keep your sugar intake to an absolute minimum, and even better if you can cut it out completely. This is by far the most unpopular tip, but VERY NECESSARY! If sugar cravings are getting the better of you, (and trust me, I  KNOW ALL TOO WELL about sugar cravings) then find some easy recipes for substitutes that will help you through this. Here is a recipe for….

Easy Banana, Oats and Apple Snack Bars.

Ingredients.

2 Cups of Rolled Oats.

2 Mashed Bananas.

2 Grated Carrots.

1 Grated Apple.

1 Cup unsweetened Applesauce.

½ Cup chopped nuts of your choice.

Recipe.

Preheat the oven to 350F (175degrees C).

Mix all the ingredients together.

Spread evenly into a 9 x 13 inch (22 x 33cm) baking tray. Use a little butter or Ghee to grease the pan.

Pop in the oven and bake until golden brown. Cut into bars. 

Sugar does not just mean, sugar in your coffee or tea, it means hidden sugars that lurk everywhere. Fructose is sugar, and as a matter of interest, very high amounts of fructose are found in corn syrup which is the main ingredient in soft drinks. Most refined carbs like pasta, bagels, bread, and muffins are major culprits in containing CORN SYRUP. I love to refer to the three C’s, most commonly consumed by us comfort eaters, CAKES, COOKIES, and CANDIES!!!  These, ALL break down to sugar in your body and feed the “fat making factory” in your Liver and believe me, it doesn’t take long to show up in your body as symptoms.

You cannot outrun the metabolic effects of a “poor” diet.

The sad news is that it effects as much as ten percent of our children as well.

4. Healthy fats like Avocado, Coconut oil, Ghee, and Olive oil are imperative to a healthy liver AND it helps A LOT with not getting sugar cravings.

5. Beet Kvass is an all-time favourite and is easy to make. It helps your liver rejuvenate and it tastes yummy. Drink a small glass (around 150ml) of beet kvass on an empty stomach in the morning. You will FEEL the difference after a few days….I PROMISE! See the recipe below.

Recipe for Beet Kvass.

Three to four small Beets.

One tbsp sea salt or Himalayan salt.

Glass jar or Ceramic pitcher.

Cut the Beets into quarter pieces and place in a jar. Cover the Beets with water and add the salt. Cover the jar with a clean cloth and stand in a cool place for three days. Remove the Beets and keep in the fridge. It will keep for about three days. Drink 150ml every morning on an empty stomach.

7. Water…water…WATER!! I cannot stress enough how important hydration is. Fluid hydrates your liver, herbal tea, and fresh lemon juice in tepid or warm water are also fluids, but nothing beats water.

REMEMBER….ALCOHOL  DE-HYDRATES! So it doesn’t count as a fluid. (I sense some sad-faced readers here…).

6. Organ meat is definitely helpful, but there are many people who cannot stomach organ meat (me, for one!), or who are vegetarian, and fortunately, there are many really good supplements on the market. I must stress though, that supplements are exactly THAT! It supplements, it DOES NOT FIX! Here are two products that I have tested and found trustworthy and helpful.

8. Castor oil packs are VERY EFFECTIVE and it’s a gentle way to help your liver decongest. It’s also an excellent way to wake up your lymphatic system, so it can support your liver with detoxifying. You can do a castor oil pack once a week, to begin with, and work your way to three or four times per week until your liver feels happy again.

Here is the EASY recipe and method.

Ingredients.

Good quality Castor Oil, preferably packaged in a glass bottle.

Flannel pack or a 100% cotton cloth also works well.

An towel not used otherwise.

Hot water bottle (not a heating pad as it can burn)

Instructions

Soak the flannel or cotton cloth with castor oil.

Place the castor oil pack over your liver area (just above your rib cage under your right breast).

Place the towel over the top of the castor oil cloth and then place a hot water bottle on top of the cloth.

Leave on for an hour and take that time to relax.

PLEASE NOTE:- DO NOT do castor oil packs if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have an IUD or during menses.

Last but MOST IMPORTANT….As detox is a parasympathetic process, you need to find time to rest. Go to bed earlier, meditate for 5 or 10 minutes, but make time to get physical rest. The parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for your body’s rest and digestion response when your body is relaxed, resting, or feeding. It basically undoes the work of the sympathetic nervous system which is in overdrive when you are stressed or unwell.

 It makes it much more difficult for your liver to do a detox job when you are constantly fatigued. Other organs, like your kidneys and your lungs, are supporters to your liver in this cleansing endeavor, and they all work optimally when given rest.

Suffering from anxiety or depression could carry an increased risk of death from liver disease, a study suggests. The study is the first to identify a possible link between high levels of psychological distress and deaths resulting from a variety of liver diseases. May 19, 2015

Research AND STUDY done by science daily

So, the risk of liver disease definitely relates to stress and anxiety and is a REALITY.

DO YOU HAVE AN UNHAPPY LIVER?

I have used so much of the Medical Medium’s advice and in particular

from the book, Liver Rescue. The information in this book is really well written and has changed my life!

Will you take the time to give the ” unsung hero” in YOUR body,

a chance to be happy again?

YOU ARE WORTH IT!

YOU ARE WORTH IT!

Please leave your comments below and DO NOT HESITATE to ask any questions,

I will do my VERY best to answer them.

Do Anxiety And Stress Make Your Liver Sick?

LET’S TALK CoViD……

 

A NEW DAWN AWAITS US…..

A NEW DAWN AWAITS US…..

I have been waiting patiently to write an article on Covid, as I decided right at the beginning that I would first observe, the behaviour and the state of being of the people, and everything in between.

I somehow knew that the lock down was not going to be a done and dusted thing in a month or two, and I also somehow knew that life as we knew it for the last decade would NEVER be the same again. It saddens me greatly, to see just HOW MUCH it has changed, not just personal lives, but customary routine in businesses and of course the grim state of world wide economics. It has certainly brought things to the surface that may have been there all along, but not as intensified.

Let’s just call it by it’s name……FEAR…FEAR AND MORE FEAR!!! It has definitely brought FEAR to the surface!

As if the human race did not already have enough stress and anxiety! The uncertainty and retrains that came with the lock down has definitely made everybody realize, that life can change literally in the blink of an eye. It has brought with it, frugal and cautious living for most and sadly a total collapse for others. It has demanded of people to re-assess their family life, their place of work and their social life. It has imposed changes that we would not have otherwise contemplated. The changes that were involuntary brought about are profound, and as we know, change does not come easy for the majority, especially if something worked quite well in a normal routine way.

there are people that have lost loved ones and businesses, that have to deal with loss and immense anxiety.  There are families who have Covid survivors, that have to follow certain protocols in the hope that their health will return, which gives anxiety another meaning altogether. It is very different for everyone, but seriously raises stress levels beyond what some can take. Many people are still struggling through change and loss, and are merely taking it day by day in the hope to survive and restore!

I am happy to say, that there is a large percentage of people that have decided that change may not be such a bad thing, and have embraced the idea of finding ways to morph into a divergent direction or to navigate into uncharted waters. The one thing that everybody has in common at this time, is that we have all been close to, or are at THE TIPPING POINT.

The fact of the matter is………..Stress, Anxiety and Depression has more than tripled in the last 6 months.

But, I first want to make one thing very clear, I AM NOT HERE TO TALK ABOUT THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS THAT COVID AND THE LOCK DOWN HAVE ON OUR LIVES. I am merely stating the obvious, to bring you to the harsh reality that if you are not willing to change direction then at least be willing to change YOUR MINDSET! Your MINDSET is THE ONE THING, that YOU HAVE ABSOLUTE CONTROL OVER, and that is your MOST POWERFUL TOOL RIGHT NOW!

So, this article is to help you take a different stance, on what could be perceived as a rather gloomy situation.


YOU CAN BRIGHTEN YOUR FUTURE……

IF YOU JUST KNOW HOW…..

NEVER MIND my future…..

how can I brighten my NOW?…..

A mind That Is Stretched By A New Experience, Can NEVER Go Back To It’s Old Dimensions.

From: The Armed Forces of Light.

This is not a “ten steps to fixing” your life, or knowing all the answers. Your “NOW” will become brighter IF and when YOU become BRIGHTER!

The first thing that is super important to face, is the reality that NOTHING, WILL EVER BE THE SAME AS BEFORE AGAIN! Once you cross that bridge, or even start to build that bridge, your’e more than on your way. And with change always comes CHALLENGE! For most people, challenge is something they avoid, but in THIS INSTANCE it is something to “embrace”.

If you can’t embrace it…..then hold it in front of you and at least look at it, start a conversation with it, make it an acquaintance until you can canoodle with it!

And THAT will only happen when you relinquish the FEAR OF CHANGE, the fear of the unknown and the fear of loosing control!

Isn’t that what it’s all about? …….LOOSING CONTROL!

THE FEAR OF NOT BEING IN CONTROL truly manifests, when every aspect of your life suddenly takes a hundred and eighty degree turn, a paradigm shift, necessitated by unplanned circumstances. In YOUR mind, you HAVE TO BE IN CONTROL, because that means you are being responsible for your decisions, your actions and your life! And that is not at all a bad thing. The problem appears, when we fight to keep being in control despite the circumstances that “force” us to change direction suddenly and swiftly. This is a GUARANTEE for raising stress levels and a GUARANTEE for INCREASED ANXIETY!

 

YOU CAN DO THIS!….

YOU CAN DO THIS !…..

SO WHAT DO YOU DO UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES?

I have found that even though six months have passed already, there are still many people that are only now deciding that it’s time to switch gears, as nobody really knew where the whole lock-down was going or how long it was going to last. Many were hoping that it would end soon and that everything will be as it was, so that life could resume were it left of. Be it as it may, we are all challenged in one way or another. So, here are a few tips for those of you who are in that place of exploration and don’t quite know where to start.

As difficult as this may seem, try not to go into panic mode. As “normal” as this reaction is, fear and panic numbs your thinking and you make irrational decisions.

Start by accessing the situation in a practical manner and be realistic about the facts. Your “battle” seems a lot easier when you know your “enemy”.

Make lists of the pro’s and con’s regarding the changes that you would have to make in your circumstances. It will help put things in perspective.

Never make a decision when you are emotional about the situation, be it anger or feelings of despair, or when you have a grievance toward the person or people involved.

Look for the positives in what you perceive as negatives.

Find a method or tool that will help you breathe easier and bring some stress relief.There are lots of different tools available on this website, that will be very helpful in dealing with stress and anxiety.

If your business has diminished, or you have been retrenched, then it’s time to think outside the box. Make a list of ALL the things/hobbies you enjoy and are good at, that could possibly generate an income. Choose the things that you have to spend the least money on to get started.

If you don’t have a hobby, but always wanted to do something that you never had time for, now is the time to explore those avenues.

There is a vast amount of on-line “jobs” and/or entrepreneurial opportunities to embark on. ON-LINE IS THE FUTURE. Don’t for a moment feel disorientated or absent if you are not familiar with this. You do not have to be proficient in computer skills, as there is a plethora of communities and websites that offer very good FREE training.

There are so many things, that can be discussed about this time you find yourself in, and it’s tough, make no mistake…..

BUT, one thing is for sure, you are faced with a “newness” that is challenging, yet exiting!

It’s just a matter of finding your “sea legs” on a stormy sea!

There is still so much beauty…

Find your solace in it…..

MY take on Covid…..

I am excited about the future of our planet. I know this sounds weird, because all the changes that this pandemic has brought have been challenging, to say the least! And there are people that have lost loved ones and businesses that have to deal with loss and immense anxiety, as I have mentioned in this article.

It is very different for everyone, and we all have personal and different stories to tell.

I myself is part of the re-inventing group, as our business was tourist related and of course, as the tourism doors and borders closed, so did our doors close. Not a welcome experience at all, as it happened at a time when our business was just about to be profitable, for the first time since we opened our doors, in just under two years. Hubby had to become even more innovative than before, and had to change the point of compass. To top it all, we had literally been fighting for his life until just a few months before Covid struck. Stress levels were high and challenges da plenty! Never the less, we both have immense gratitude that the tide of his health turned when it did, since crossing borders on a weekly basis to get to doctors etc., would have been beyond what our stress levels would have endured. 

I am ABSOLUTELY convinced that although the lock-down has totally spiraled out of control, and some people are riddled with fear due the uncertainty of it all, there are immense blessings in disguise. Some families, who were “forced” to lock down together have made new connections with each other, despite the initial challenge of spending hours and hours together totally out of the norm. Businesses have been “forced” to change direction, and grasp the nettle, beyond what they even though possible. Entrepreneurs are “forced” to re-invent themselves as it where, and stretch their abilities to create something new, that will once again reach viable levels of economic restore and personal fulfillment. 

There are people that are job less, homeless and feel worth less, and for that I am truly sorry, but hope that those who are not, can be of some service somewhere. I have seen more team work, camaraderie and empathy in communities than before, as if the energy of desperation brought with it a message to serve rather than being self-serving. 

This is truly a time to take stock of one’s life. To see the shadow side that needs more light, to own up to the overactive ego and be willing to ditch it. This is a time to see the reflection of true caring and love in yourself, by seeing it in others. It’s brought the realization that at the end of the day, we all need someone to lean on and more importantly be willing for others to lean on us. All of this will eventually usher in a beautiful, warm, loving and healing light!! 

Shalom EVERYBODY !