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The liver is a highly intuitive organ and learns your patterns and anticipates your needs. It is also extremely responsive to what you think and how you feel. If you try to push it, the liver will pick up on the conflict between the job it knows you want it to perform and the way you are going about it. Not only does your liver need the physical chance to prepare for a cleanse, it also needs your thoughts and emotions aligned.

According to Chinese medicine, the Liver has a warrior spirit.
Hence, the Liver’s function is its innate ability to defend and protect (see the link to immunity?). When the Liver is stuck or stagnant, this warrior spirit can react or attack. In contrast, when there is ease, it is protective.

Besides environmental and dietary factors, do you know that negative emotions will also harm your liver?

  • According to the Traditional Chinese Medicine, most of our organs are connected to emotions, and anger will affect the liver, resulting in stagnation of liver ‘qi’ (vital energy). This energy imbalance results in liver impairment
  • Most people tend to practice emotional overeating, or consume alcohol to soothe the troubled mind. All these unhealthy practices cause harm to the liver
  • Stress has been identified in recent years as an important factor in the progression and outcome of several important liver pathologies (eg: viral hepatitis, cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma). Stress-induced dysregulation will also increase hepatic inflammation, ultimately leading to development of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)
  • More distressed and anxious individuals are slower in developing immune response. Thus, they could be at greater risk for more severe illness, like viral hepatitis

This may be a little “deep” for some, but I also use the cleanse to remove any negative influences from my surroundings. Some of you may have “toxic people” in your environment. Some may need to address other issues that may have been preventing them moving on in the direction they want to.

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