I woke up one day with a burning red rash on the right side of my torso and unexplained bruise-like marks. Over the next few days, I watched as the rash spread across the body and found myself retching due to serious indigestion. I was also extremely fatigued. It was casually dismissed as an allergic reaction in the initial consultation. I decided to seek my naturopathic doctor’s opinion when even the TCM anti-allergy medications yielded weak results. Finally, through my blood results, I was told that my liver was having a melt-down from stress.
The liver works 24 hours a day. It processes everything that we eat, drink, breathe or rub on your skin and these are just some of its’ 500 over different functions vital to life. It processes food, extracts nutrients and produces bile to digest fatty foods. A healthy liver regulates blood glucose levels, provides your body with energy, fights off infections and toxins, helps in blood clotting and regulates hormones.
My episode with my liver made me curious about its power and its functions. I began my journey of undertaking careful considerations on how best to love my liver, so as to stay dynamic and healthy.
As one of the most hardworking organs in our bodies, the liver is known to tirelessly work and tolerate our “lifestyle abuses”. As this hardy organ weakens, obvious physical signs are usually not evident until a later stage. This tricks us into believing we are all in great shape and in the pink of health. But in reality, our organs like the precious liver – was doing way too much over-time (OT) and paying the price for our stubborn or ignorant ways.