Are you giving your liver the love that it deserves?
February 24th, 2020 by admin
If you’re like most people, you are unwittingly taking your liver for granted. It works really hard for you, and yet, it gets very little love in return. We take it for granted because it’s always there in the background, keeping us alive and functioning; and when we get sick, start having digestive or inflammatory symptoms, get a chronic disease diagnosis (like an autoimmune disease or cancer), and/or start reacting to foods and our environment, we (supported by the conventional acute-care model) never stop to think about how this can all be traced back to a liver that’s overloaded and not getting enough love. We also completely overlook the fact that, in order to treat & prevent chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, autoimmunity, and cancer, one of the best ways we can do that, is to support liver health and optimize detoxification.
Do you often find yourself over-committed and caught up in life stress and your to-do list?
This kind of chronic stress alone, is taxing for your liver. Your liver is the organ that has to deal with and store away all of that excess adrenaline you’re pumping out in your non-stop lifestyle. When you’re up at night worrying about how you’re going to get it all done, not to mention worrying about the strain all of this busy-ness is putting on your body and on your relationships, your liver is taking a hit for you. And, of course, if you’re up at night not sleeping well, your liver doesn’t get to do its work efficiently, because nighttime is when your liver does most of its work and repairs itself. It needs you to be resting peacefully through the night, in order for it to do its job of keeping your well, energetic, and resilient.
If you’re stressed and depressed or wired and tired, there’s an astronomical chance that your liver needs some love. It needs love on a physical level for sure, and it also needs love on a mental/emotional level. When you feel stressed, this is coming from unconscious thoughts, that if left un-checked, will continue to wreak havoc on your physiology, unless and until you start becoming aware of them and being with them. You can be doing all of the right things physically, but if you are not addressing the root cause of all of the stress in your life and in your experience (fear, judgment, unworthiness… limited beliefs and ways of seeing yourself and the world), you’re not going to get very far, and your liver is going to keep falling behind. You’ll always be taking two steps forward and one step back.
If you’re being totally honest with yourself, are you eating in ways that are nutrient-rich, and are you living an anti-inflammatory lifestyle?
Most people, even the so-called health-conscious ones, are not eating in a way that supports optimal liver function. For instance:
- The liver slows down with too much dietary fat, and with the high-fat and keto craze that developed after we spent the 90s totally afraid of fat (and over-doing carbs and sugar), even the health conscious ones are eating too much of it now.
- Eating too much refined sugar (and meat) combined with sub-par amounts of dietary fiber (along with high stress and over-use and mis-use of antibiotics) has created a ton of imbalance in our gut microbiomes. In reaction to this, many of us have swung the other way and taken ALL or most carbs out. Granted, this can be helpful temporarily, but it’s not the long-term solution.
- We’ve taken refined sugar out, which is a good thing, but we’ve thrown the baby out with bath water, in taking our fiber-rich carbohydrate sources out, too. The imbalances that all of this creates in the microbiome lead to the wrong bugs thriving and the good bugs not having enough fuel to flourish.
- The toxic overload that ensues when opportunistic and pathogenic microbes get a foothold in the gut and in the system (also shown to be promoted by high-fat diets), makes for a compromised immune system and a liver that has far too much on its to-do list. It becomes stressed, slows down, and it runs out of energy and resources (nutrients) required to complete all of its crucial metabolic processes.
- This leads to you feeling run down and to the development of chronic diseases, allergies, and sensitivities.
Would you be well-served to detox your body and your mind? Here are some questions to reflect on:
- Do you often feel stressed and depressed or wired and tired?
- Are you struggling in your relationship with yourself and your body, as well as one or more relationships in your life?
- Do you often want to eat better and create a healthy lifestyle, but feel you don’t have enough time or energy for it?
- Are you eating 40+ different plant foods in a week’s time? Are you eating all of the colors of the rainbow? Are you eating 5-9 servings of vegetables and fruits each day?
- Are you eating at least 4 servings of foods from the broccoli family each week?
- Are you eating conventionally grown foods?
- Are you heating plastic in the microwave or consuming hot foods from plastic or plastic-lined containers? Are you drinking from plastic bottles?
- How many times a week are you eating out and eating packaged food with added sugars and oils, and with more than 5 ingredients?
- Is your diet high in common inflammatory triggers, like wheat/gluten, dairy, corn, and eggs? Are these foods conventionally grown? Are they genetically modified?
- Are you drinking at least half of your body weight (pounds) in ounces of purified water every day? Are you starting your day with a full glass of water, before consuming anything else?
- Are you hooked on caffeine? Are you regularly having more than 3 alcoholic beverages in a week?
- Are you having weird symptoms that you don’t know what to do about, and neither does your doctor, except for a prescription that you don’t want to take?
- Are you aging prematurely?
- Do have food sensitivities, skin issues, menstrual cycle and hormone imbalance, an autoimmune condition(s), cancer or a family history of cancer, headaches, low energy, low libido, fertility issues, depression, and/or anxiety?
- Do you struggle to find people and practitioners who understand and can hold space for what you are going through?
Happy to help.
If you now feel it’s time to give your liver the love that it deserves, as well as the love YOU deserve, find out more here, and join me for Spring Mind-Body Detox.
We’ll give your liver and your gut a break from the foods that bog them down and a blast of the foods that boost them (and all of your systems) up.
You’ll find that the changes your make will impact your choices and your awareness after, too.
We’ll place a big emphasis on slowing down, self-care & self-love, de-stressing, and detoxing your mind of the toxic thought patterns that are keeping you from feeling your best physically and emotionally, so you can start living your best life and showing up as your best self.
Wouldn’t you LOVE to become a person who loves to take care of yourself, from a place of curiosity about how good you can feel, versus self-care that is driven by fear and self-judgment? This is what I’ll be supporting you toward in Mind-Body Detox.
Don’t delay your breakthrough by waiting until the Fall or some other time. Do it Now! You have this one body-mind, that is designed to support you in having a beautiful human experience, but you have to learn how to be disciplined and intentional about taking care of yourself in order for that to happen as it should.
No one else is coming to save you. You are the one you’ve been waiting for, and YOU must regularly create the space for your own personal growth and healing. Often, it takes allowing a guide to hold the space for you, because left on your own, you’ll get busy and either forget, or simply continue to avoid facing the thoughts and emotions you must face but are afraid to, as well as continue to delay the action steps you must put in place, in order to truly heal and to enjoy your innate wellbeing.
Wishing you all of the best this life to offer, and if I can support you in accessing and allowing your full wellbeing potential, please connect with me.
Angie King-Nosseir MS, RDN, LD
Transformative Life & Spiritual Coach | Functional Medicine Nutritionist | Ceremonialist
Gourmet Healer, LLC
Student Journey Director
Transformative Coach Institute