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Feeling sluggish? Consider your liver.



Liver Congestion isn’t a western medical term. But it is a concept many practitioners who practise integrative medicine utilize to help their patients. 

 

A congested liver is one that has been working hard and has a greater toxic load than it can handle. This results in a back-up of toxins in your tissues. A liver detox helps your liver to clear the toxins out of your whole body.

 

These signs usually point to liver congestion, especially if you have several of them. Check through the lists below to assess where you are at right now: 


MOOD AND ENERGY

  • Short temper: easy frustration, maybe flares of anger

  • Waking in the night, especially between 1 and 3 am

  • Sluggish on waking in the morning

  • Energy consistently below par

  • Foggy thinking

  • Overall feeling of being “stuck” in life

APPEARANCE

  • Skin eruptions: acne, rashes, itching

  • Yellowish cast to the skin

  • Swollen flabby reddened sides of tongue

  • Swelling of extremities

  • Easy bruising

 

EYES - the eye is associated with the liver in Traditional Chinese Medicine

  • Itching, burning, reddened eyes

  • Dry eyes,

  • Blurred vision

  • Excess or deficiency of tears

  • Muddy or yellowish whites of eyes

FINGERNAILS

  • Dry and brittle

  • Yellow and discoloured 

DIGESTION

  • Constipation

  • Intolerance of fats in diet

  • Nausea after eating fats

  • Twinging gallbladder discomfort

  • Poor appetite

MUSCULOSKELETAL

  • Problems with tendons or ligaments

  • General aches and pains

  • Headaches, especially dull pain across the forehead

WOMEN’S HEALTH

  • Breast tenderness

  • Menstrual irregularities

  • PMS

  • Fibroids

 

LIFESTYLE

  • Living or working in a toxic environment

  • Living close to a major highway or airport

  • Living in a polluted town or city

  • Daily consumption of alcohol

  • Eating fast food (remember Supersize Me?) and ultra-processed foods

 

MEDICATIONS: Using any medications, especially:

  • Antidepressants

  • Birth control pills 

  • Painkillers, especially Tylenol (Acetaminophen)

  • Antibiotics

  • Oral hormone replacement therapy (HRT) 

  • Statins

  • Cimetidine (for reflux)

  • Accutane

If several of these things apply to you, it’s time to be good to your liver. Try a spring liver detox. After that, check the list again to assess your improvements.

 

Curious about your marvelous liver and want to learn more? Our Liver Masterclass is for you: check it out here! 

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