October is known for many things in the health industry like Breast Cancer Awareness, Mental Health Awareness, and Infant Loss Awareness. Did you know that this month is also Liver and Lung Health Awareness month?
I find it fascinating how all these specific topics can play into the lungs and liver health emotionally. We often think that only one thing causes an illness or disease. Because we are not one thing – we aren’t JUST physical beings but emotional, spiritual and physical…then one thing doesn’t ever cause one thing.
Breast cancer can be an accumulation of different causes but emotionally speaking it often comes from conflicts in worthiness or lack of nurturing. In the accumulation of what makes up mental health issues there is often deep grief and trauma at the core of mental health issues…and we ALL have it. Then Infant loss. Wow! Anyone knows how grief can set in due to the loss of their child in miscarriage, still birth, SIDS, abortion, or placing a child for adoption. The loss can be palatable.
Grief is at the core of every one of these issues. This can also often lead to anger. Our bodies hold the emotion of grief in the lungs and the emotion of anger in the liver.
So, let’s see what these organs are all about, shall we?
What do your Lungs do?
Each cell in our bodies needs air to live. Our lungs take the oxygen we breathe and push it through the bloodstream where it is carried throughout our bodies.
How can we make our Lungs Healthier?
As we talked about a few weeks ago, the quality of the air we breathe has a huge impact on our lungs. We can take steps to rid our homes of dust particles and allergens by minimizing carpeted areas, changing out the air filters in our homes, and diffusing essential oils.
You can visit our previous blog to see the full list here (https://selah.education/2020/10/seasonal-allergies-remedies/).
Staying active will aid in keeping your lungs healthy. Running, walking, cleaning the house, or gardening are all great ways to keep your lungs active and healthy. Eating a balanced diet that is high in antioxidants and rich in Vitamin C will also help your lungs to fight off infection and help heal your body.
Emotionally, we can recognize the grief, sadness, and suppressed emotions by acknowledging where they are located in the body. We can then release them. Controlled, deliberate deep breathing is excellent to begin to clear these negative emotions.
What does your Liver do?
The liver is our second largest organ and rests just under the ribcage on the right side of the body. It cleanses our bodies of toxins, makes energy, and aids in digestion. The liver helps in creating bile to digest food, storing nutrients for our bodies to use later, and detoxifying our blood. It also aids in maintaining hormone balance, regulating blood sugar, helping in our blood clotting, and fighting infections.
Symptoms of Liver Issues:
– Upper Right side abdominal pain / Swelling
– Itchy Skin
– Dark Urine
– Swelling in Legs / Ankles
-Chronic Fatigue / Tiredness
– Loss of appetite
– Bruising Easily
– Weight loss
– Lowered Libido
– Distended Abdomen
How we can take care of our Livers:
– Eat a balanced diet
– Exercise regularly
– Don’t smoke
– Limit the number of toxins your body comes into contact with (cleaning supplies, chemicals, insecticides, etc.)
– Limit alcoholic drinks
Emotionally recognizing the feelings of irritation, frustration, aggression, rage, guilt, and even fear are held in the liver. When we overlook help, other’s advice or suggestions, not forgiving or letting go, this can develop physical issues in the liver. Placing your hands on your liver while visualizing this huge ball of energy moving inside of the liver, purifying it, removing damaged tissue, toxic emotions, and any other negative feelings encourages a healthier liver.
Foods to Help in both Lung and Liver Function
- Betacarotine Rich Foods – Beetroot, carrots, red bell pepper, and pumpkin are all high in betacarotine that helps in preventing lung cancer and also detoxifying the liver
- Vitamin C Rich Foods – Citrus Fruits, Strawberries, and Pineapples all aid in elevating the production of good enzymes that help clear out the liver and keep lungs healthy
- Green Leafy Vegetables – Spinach, Mustard Greens, and Cabbage are examples that can assist in heavy metal detoxification in both lungs and liver
- Turmeric – Reduces inflammation of liver cells and helps to remove plaque build-up in lungs
- Ginger – Stimulates digestion and circulation and helps in eliminating air pollutants in the lungs
- Garlic – Contains sulphur and selenium that help in detoxifying the liver and providing anti-inflammatory and immune building power to the lungs
- Cruciferous Vegetables – Cauliflower, Broccoli, and Brussels Sprouts are some good examples that can help in eliminating toxins in both the liver and lungs
- Green Tea – Antioxidants help the enzymes in the liver
- Omega 3 Rich Foods – Almonds, Spinach, and Salmon are a few examples that will help keep your cholesterol balanced to assist in better liver function
- Apples – detoxifies the liver, promotes healthy respiratory system
As you consider all of these health focuses this month, pay close attention to your lung and liver health. Supporting your body well physically for its own repair and good health is essential. Then, bringing the emotional support in will also bring the body into homeostasis.
Thank you for reading. I believe in you and as you work through being your own health advocate know we are here to Encourage, Educate, and Empower you!!