Every organ also has an emotion that it related to, and the liver’s emotion is anger. If your liver is imbalanced, you can easily feel agitated and frustrated. The liver controls the qi energy of the body and can become stuck or stagnated, which in turn affects the emotions.
When it comes to physical manifestations the liver is said to be connected to the eyes, nails, ligaments and tendons. For instance, an imbalanced liver can lead to dry eyes, brittle nails or weak tendons and ligaments. In other words, the liver controls the nerves and nervous system. Thus, when the liver is stable you will also have a calmed and relaxed nervous system.
It is said in ancient Chinese text that the liver loathes wind. The pathogen “wind” according to Chinese Medicine can cause an external attack on the body especially during the spring. This is why springtime allergies are very common, especially if the liver is not functioning well. A healthier, balanced liver will tend to have fewer symptoms of allergies.
We also know that the liver is a key organ for regulating our metabolism, storing essential nutrients and producing components for our blood. It also detoxifies and regulates our immunity. With that in mind, one of the main threats to liver health is toxins. These toxins could be alcohol, smoking, medications and even supplements. Over consumption of any of these cause the liver to work harder and potentially damage it. Also, excessive amounts of sugar can harm and cause fatty liver disease since the sugar can not be easily processed and stays in the liver.
One way to keep the liver healthy is to have lemon water. This is like a gentle detox that will help sooth and calm the liver. Mix the juice of one lemon with 2 cups of water. Drink one cup of the mixture in the morning and another cup in the evening. Vinegar is also good for the balancing the liver.