The largest internal organ in the human body, the liver resides in the upper right quadrant of the abdominal cavity. Its left and right lobes are held in place by ligaments. Within each of the lobes are lobules that contain vascular channels called sinusoids through which blood flows.
The liver is essential for carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism, and it stores glycogen, vitamins, iron and blood. Responsible for secreting bile that aids digestive enzymes, it also enhances the absorption of fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins. The internal lining of the liver’s vascular channels contain specialized cells that remove toxins from the blood. Acting as a blood filter, it removes damaged red blood cells and foreign invaders.
When you experience toxic overload and the detoxification function of the liver is on overdrive, the other essential functions of the liver, such as metabolism, storage and bile secretion, are compromised. Toxic overload can subsequently impact every aspect of your life.
In the context of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the liver ensures the smooth flow of chi. Chi corresponds to the bioelectric energy running through our nervous system stimulating every system in our body to function properly. Chi also refers to the innate force that propels blood through our cardiovascular system, nourishing our cells. A problem with tendons, ligaments, nails, or eyes is an indication that chi is obstructed, which also manifests in emotional blockages such as anger, frustration or depression.
Take care of your liver and it will take care of you! For a healthy liver, we recommend taking these steps:
- Eat well. Nourish your body with an organic, balanced, nutritious diet.
- Incorporate herbs and acupuncture into your life to optimize the self-healing mechanism of your mind and body.
- Exercise regularly to keep chi and blood well circulated.
- Detoxify regularly.
- Keep a healthy mind by letting your breath align you to the current moment.
- Avoid attachments to people and things that keep you stuck in stressful thought patterns.
- Minimize toxic relationships.
- Enjoy a sense of humor.
- Beware of environmental toxins to avoid toxic overload.
- Avoid substance abuse.