Balancing Act: How Your Liver’s Health Could Be Fueling Your Anger

May 16, 2024
Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Award-winning nutritionist and New York Times bestselling author.

No one likes to admit it, but if you find yourself experiencing sudden emotional outbursts and flashes of irritation that appear uncontrollable at times, this could be an indicator that your liver needs help maintaining its internal equilibrium. People often underestimate the liver’s role in both managing emotions and flushing toxins out of our systems.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) suggests that our livers are key players in maintaining our emotional wellbeing, managing Qi (energy) and blood flows directly impacting emotions. When exposed to environmental toxins like diet, emotional stressors or electromagnetic fields (see my groundbreaking book Zapped: Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn’t Be Your Alarm Clock and 1,268 Ways to Outwit the Hazards of Electronics for more on this subject), their efficacy becomes compromised, leading to emotional and physical stagnation. Acknowledging and attending to liver health can have profound effects both physical and psychological well being.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) holds that our liver plays an essential role in maintaining an efficient flow of Qi (energy) and blood throughout the body, and when its functions become compromised due to any factor, negative feelings may accumulate until we feel emotionally “stuck”. Over time these can grow into anything from reduced motivation to full-fledged depression – indicators that it’s high time to prioritize liver health.

Balancing Act

Liver health and negative emotions have an intricate relationship. An overworked and toxic liver often plays an essential role in driving negative feelings such as frustration, anger and aggression. A healthy liver ensures smooth energy and blood flows that allow us to respond more flexibly and swiftly when life presents us with challenges; disruption can lead to feelings of physical or emotional stagnation.

Six Signs Your Liver Is Struggling

If you notice physical or emotional symptoms that may indicate liver imbalance, be thankful! This means that your liver is doing its job by alerting you of its needs and sending out an S.O.S. that will only get louder the longer you ignore. Since its central role in detoxifying our bodies and balancing emotions is of upmost importance, prioritizing liver health should always come first.
Next week on my blog I’ll teach you how to show your liver some much needed love. I’ll highlight my most effective solutions for detoxifying a distressed liver using simple dietetic changes, powerful supplements and modest lifestyle modifications in order to restore both physical and emotional well-being.
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The bottom line… nurturing your liver goes beyond physical health–it also enhances emotional well-being. A healthy liver can bring clarity and peace as you navigate life’s ups and downs. Be on the watch for my next article — practical steps you can take to revitalize this vitally important organ in your body, rejuvenating both your physical health and your emotional outlook. You’ll wonder why you waited so long!


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