Signs Your Liver is Unhappy

Happy Chinese New Year! The year of the Wood Dragon.

The Wood Dragon year comes once every 60 years in the Chinese zodiac. The dragon is associated with incredible strength, positive transformation, and challenges.  The element wood, symbolizes creativity and adaptability and in TCM it is also associated with the Liver and its partner organ Gallbladder.

So this is a perfect time for transformation and healing.  The Liver performs Bio-transformation! When it is healthy it takes one element and transforms it into another during the three phases of Detoxification/Elimination.

The proper functioning of your liver is essential to good health.

When Wood is unbalanced, you may experience several symptoms.


It carries out over 500 vital functions… And holds 13% of your blood at any one time.

Among its roles, your liver acts as a filter to this blood breaking down nutrients into a usable form, metabolizing drugs into non-toxic forms your body can use, and cleaning out toxins that can harm you. By the way, if you are regularly taking pain medication or OTC pain relievers you are inhibiting the Sulfation pathway in the Liver. You need to support this pathway while you resolve the root cause of your pain. See the options below.

Your liver is involved with glucose metabolism, immunity, blood clotting, hormone regulation, as well as processing with how you use fats and build proteins.

When your liver is overburdened, it can become inflamed. It can become less efficient, and your health can begin to suffer in a variety of ways.

When this happens, you need to take action to help your liver help YOU.

First, we’ll share signs your liver needs a helping hand, and then some ideas to get you started.


Fatigue and Headaches on the Right side of the Head
Depression, anxiety and/or mood changes
Changes to your skin: Brown spots, eczema, psoriasis etc.
Abdominal bloating, discomfort or cramping
Digestive issues: Leaky Gut, Aches and Stiffness in the Joints
Lowered immunity: Never feeling really GOOD or Super Sensitive
Changes to the color of your urine or stools
Brain fog (including difficulty with memory and decision-making)
Gaining weight (and not being able to lose it)
Sugar crashes (even high amounts of protein can cause this for a challenged liver)
Your Cholesterol Risk Ratio is High, Varicose Veins and/ or Hemorrhoids
Hormonal imbalances (including estrogen and testosterone)
Nutritional deficiencies (even if eating a varied, nutritious diet)
Excessive body odor or sweating ( Smells a little too), Snoring or sleep apnea

Do you need to give your liver a break?

There are many simple things you can do to support liver health and function.

A few are listed below:


Lower Alcohol Intake — Despite some research citing the benefits of moderate drinking, the fact is alcohol burdens your liver. If your liver needs a rest, this is one of the easiest ways to help it, fast. Consider cutting back or quitting.

Stay Hydrated — Keeping hydrated is a gift to your body at any time, but even more so if you want your body’s best filter—your liver—to be able to flush out impurities, and keep all your “juices” moving and clean.

Eat A Healthy Diet — The less processed the food, the less work your liver has to do to keep unwanted chemicals from harming you. Think whole organic. Cut out or decrease simple sugars and white grains.  Also consider your protein, fat and carb intake. If your liver is challenged, it may not be able to handle a high protein OR a high carb diet, until it’s healthier. A veggie, green leaves, based diet will do wonders for your liver detox efforts.

Exercise — Get that hydrated blood moving through your body! Exercise is good for your organs, helps hormone levels, brain chemicals, and more.

Consider Your Medications — It’s vital you are aware when it comes to your liver, it is the organ burdened with processing these sometimes-toxic compounds. Medications deplete many vital nutrients that are needed for an optimal detoxification process.

Herbal Teas — Mother nature has provided some delicious, liver-boosting plants that are wonderful to use as teas. Teas that can support liver function include hibiscus, dandelion, and green tea.

Detox Supplementation — Nature’s plant wonders extend to several medicinal plants that support healthy liver function and liver detox. They can directly affect detoxification of the liver or support more “indirect” aspects like nutritional absorption or decreasing inflammation, all of which work to help your liver function better.


General Support: Milk Thistle Forte, Livaplex, Livco, Dandelion Root, Turmeric Forte, Boswellia Complex, AF Betafood, Choline, Ginger,

Detox Support: SP Cleanse, Spanish Black Radish, Enzycore, Cruciferous Complete, B6 Niacinamide, Choline, Enzycore

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Have a Healthy and Happy Chinese New Year Week


Dr Pia