by Leigh Murdoch
Welcome & a Happy & Healthy 2022. I hope this year brings you inner peace and the space to invite something new and exciting into your life.
As the new year begins, it is a great opportunity to make some gentle changes to improve your overall health & wellbeing.
The liver plays a crucial role in metabolism, cleansing and eliminating toxins from the body.
The liver being the largest internal organ (weighing approximately 1.5 kg) has a huge role, as everything has to bypass the liver. It is shielded by the rib cage and sits in the upper right abdominal cavity.
The liver is involved in hundreds of metabolic processes, with much of its work centred on the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals.
The liver is the primary site for the production of bile which then gets secreted to the gallbladder for storage. If you don’t have a gall bladder your liver needs to do this work more frequently as there is no store house for the bile, so love your liver even more if this is the case.
Bile is required for the emulsification of fats (lipids).
The liver also produces the potent anti-oxidant glutathione, it detoxifies drugs and hormones and activates Vitamin D.
The liver is the most important organ of metabolism in the human body. The health and vitality of a person is determined by the health and vitality of their liver.
The liver is made up of billions of liver cells, when we treat the liver unkindly liver cells die. The liver will regenerate for a period of time, but if it is continually burdened and no changes are made to improve this the liver stops regenerating and a fat globule takes up residence where there was once was a healthy liver cell.
When many fat globules take over this equates to fatty liver, which means your health and energy suffer. The body chooses to lay down fat high up in the abdomen, just below the bra line.
Some naturopathic signs of liver dysfunction include – dark circles under the eyes, halitosis (bad breath), a yellow coating on the tongue, fatigue, nausea, fat intolerance, anger and constipation, PMS, morning sickness, bloating, headaches, problematic digestion, flatulence, bloating, food and drug intolerance and skin problems.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the liver has a link with supressed anger and much heat in the body.
The December edition had ways to support your liver, if you need more individualised support consider booking in for a consult.
Blessings from Leigh
Grassroots Naturopathy - Health and Wellbeing