About a month ago, I started to notice some body changes. I gained 4 pounds out of nowhere and I made no major changes to my diet and exercise. I became very bloated, and extremely fatigued, especially in the afternoon. Also, I was experiencing headaches every day, and my periods were coming every 2 weeks! (Yeah, that sucked!)
I'm pretty in tune to my body, and how to take care of it, but I knew something was wrong, and had to be fixed.
When I researched what else I could do, I decide to pursue an acupuncturist. He told me I was experiencing Liver Qi (chee) Stagnation. What is that? I thought to myself. This is a thing?
Essentially, Spring is the time of year that our Liver energy begins to rise and move outward. This is what helps us be more active and energetic. But, for those of us with imbalances in our Liver energy, like me, this can be the time of year where Liver symptoms flare!
In addition, to the symptoms i was experiencing, you could also notice hay fever, vertigo, and PMS all getting worse. You may also experience feeling a little more short tempered than usual or having sudden bursts of anger.
If any of this is sounding familiar, now’s the time to reach out to an acupuncturist for a tune up. You would be amazed at how much difference one or two treatments can make in balancing Liver energy.
In addition, I took some other steps to get myself back in balance:
1. Herbal Cleanse - Naturopaths that I partner with always tell me to cleanse at least once, if not twice a year. I figured with all this going on, now was the time. I took the Taio He Cleanse by Nature's Sunshine. It's a nutritional program designed to help the body achieve balance and harmony, and combines Chinese nutrition and Western herbs such as Psyllium Hulls, Burdock Root and Black Walnut.
2. Eat more Greens - I already eat of lot of greens throughout the day, but I made sure to incorporate them into every meal, every day. Leafy greens nourish the blood and gently move your Liver qi. Whether its adding spinach to my smoothie, or eating a salad every day, you can find ways to get more greens.
3. Sleep - I don't always get the best night sleep, and I've had a lot on my mind lately, so I was probably lacking a good night's rest. The Liver is the part of what helps us rejuvenate while we are sleeping. Not enough sleep leads to weakened blood, which prevents the qi from moving well. While I normally meditate first thing in the morning, I would also now add meditation in the evening before going to sleep to clear my mind.
4. Manage Stress - Stress affects all organ systems, but the liver is where it starts and stress is the most common cause of a "stuck liver". As I mentioned earlier, meditation first thing in the morning really sets the tone for the day, and can keep you calm as you go about your day. Also, just remembering to take deep breaths when you feel stress coming on can also help you stay focused. Another way to manage stress is to go for a long walk, or take a yoga class. Works for me!
5. Increase in vitamins - When I spoke to my Naturopath, she recommended increasing my doses of vitamins. My protocol is this: 1) Probiotics, 2) Digestive Enzymes, 3) Magnesium 4) Multi-vitamin, 5) Omega pill. All of these boost my immune system, help break down foods for better digestion and keep me balanced. All of them are from Nature's Sunshine.
Well after about 3 weeks of treatments, I'm happy to say I feel sooo much better! My weight is back to normal, I felt my energy return, and I'm even sleeping better.
Just like your home, consider a spring clean-up for your body! Your liver will thank you.
Email me if your interested in setting up a plan to activate, rebuild and replenish the body.