How to have a happy, healthy and harmonious holiday season (P.S. It’s not your moods but the foods)

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You are probably aware that our liver is the main organ which tends to take the biggest strain over the festive season. Often our liver is overstretched through having to deal with extra levels of alcohol, and processing high  levels of fatty rich foods such as chocolate, nuts, roast dinners, cream, cheeses and the like.

From a physical point of view, the liver forms the vital functions of filtering waste products and toxins, digesting and metabolising food, balancing hormones, maintaining a strong immune system, controlling blood sugar and keeping cholesterol in check.

 

 

But according to Chinese medicine, the liver is also associated with the emotion of anger. So the person displaying irritation and anger, or indeed the opposite problem of suppressing anger in the form of seething resentment, may well be suffering from overloaded or compromised liver function. An overburdened liver may also cause you to feel stuck and sluggish.

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This major holiday period is very often a time of year when frustration, irritations and anger burst through.

 

 

So taking steps to support your liver may well help you to have a more harmonious and healthy holiday period.

Here are some ideas for you to implement.

Food

In between the indulgent rich food and drink support your liver with the following foods:

  • Seeds – Flax, pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds
  • Vegetables – especially dark green leafy vegetables like kale and spinach, beetroot, onions, garlic, broccoli. Green juices are especially helpful
  • Fruits – apples, citrus fruits and, berries
  • Hot water with lemon juice first thing in the morning
  • Beans, peas and lentils
  • Oat porridge
  • Brown rice

Go easy on:

  • Red meat, especially processed meats such as ham, sausage, pate
  • Cheese
  • Sugar and sugary foods
  • Caffeinated drinks
  • Processed carbohydrates

Natural treatments

Treat your liver to a home spa and bathe in 3-4 cups of Epsom Salts. Rich in magnesium, the salts help draw out acids and toxins from the body taking the pressure off the liver (good for the skin and joints too). For an extra boost, add a few drops of Bush Flower Essence Dagger Hakea to release any pent-up negative feelings that will block your energy and stop you moving forward.

Products to support the liver

Lecithin is one of the richest natural sources of cholineand inositol, both of which are much heralded ‘cleaning’ materials for overworked liver cells. They literally encourage the transport of fatty toxins out of the liver (and eventually the body) via the gut. Choline and inositol are both lipotropic agents that play an important role in fat metabolism in the liver and the emulsification of fats in the body.

Lecithin often comes as granules which can be sprinkled onto food. Choline and Inositol generally come together in capsule form.

So this nutrient is a great way to support your liver during the festive season.

Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle is a unique herb, often referred to as the “Liver Herb” or known as Silymarin after its main therapeutic ingredient. Extracts of Milk thistle protect liver cells and improve liver function. Milk Thistle has been the focus of over two hundred high quality scientific research trials, which highlight the fact that it has the rare healing property of being able to enhance the cellular reproductive processes in the liver, i.e. it helps to repair any damage to the liver.

It is typically used to treat liver cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis (liver inflammation), and gallbladder disorders. Treatment claims also include, lowering cholesterol levels, and reducing insulin resistance in people with type 2 diabetes who also have cirrhosis

The herb can be taken as capsules, tinctures, and infusions (strong teas).

So if you have the experience of feeling frustrated, resentful or angry this holiday, just remember it may not simply be your emotions, but the result of feeding your body to much of the wrong foods.

Comments

  1. See I knew there was a great reason for loving the much maligned Sprout! To be fair, we don’t gorge much on Chocolate, sweets or booze, but we do love our Roast turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Maybe we shall dust it with some Lecithin.
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  2. This was a great read! Living with liver disease makes me so aware of the benefits of eating well. I love the way that you used the spirit, mind, and body connection. You are right on concerning how important the liver is in regulating metabolism, and it also effects every part of our lives.
    Thanks for a great post to start the new year for me!
    Karen Hoyt
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  3. Even if it was holiday, I made to sure to eat nothing but healthy foods.
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