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Connection Between Your Liver and Your Anger
Did you know that mostly every organ is connected to some type of physical emotion? It just so happens that the liver is connected to anger – something we don’t want to hold onto but often do.
It’s not surprising that many people don’t know the relationship between the two…who would ever think that an internal organ responsible for filtering toxins would have anything to do with your emotions? Well, it does.
As you have learned by now, when the liver isn’t functioning properly it cannot filter toxins effectively. The result is a build-up of toxins in the blood and other organs which can cause inflammation, among many other problems. This is turn can directly impact your emotions, specifically causing anger, irritation and frustration.
The Liver and Anger Cycle
Traditional Chinese Medicine was the originator of those who thought each organ was connected to an emotion. It is believed that the health of your organs will impact your emotions and your emotions can have a direct impact on your organs.
In this case, anger can stem from an unhealthy liver and then feelings of chronic anger further impact the liver by blocking its energy flow which causes it to become more clogged and unable to function at its optimal level – it then becomes a vicious cycle.
So, basically an inflamed liver can cause anger and chronic anger will cause an inflamed liver.
If that isn’t bad enough, researchers have found a link between anger and CRP, the C-reactive protein which promotes heart disease and strokes. Those who are prone to anger have higher levels of the CRP, making them much more likely to suffer from heart attacks, strokes, and liver disease.
As you can see an unhealthy liver and anger is not a good combination and clearly can impact the quality of your life.
So, what can you about it?
Dealing With Anger
It is important to take an honest look your emotions, how you react to situations and how you perceive the world around you. If you find that you are constantly seeing things from a negative perspective or become easily angered and irritated, you may have to do some work around anger.
Unfortunately most people, on some level or another, have been taught that anger is bad and it shouldn’t be expressed. The truth is, there is nothing wrong with anger – it is a necessary emotion that we all need to feel from time to time.
The problem is how you handle the anger. A lot of people tend to hold onto anger and can’t seem to let it go. It then festers in your mind and body causing the negative effects previously discussed. This is when anger becomes a problem.
The simplest and healthiest approach is to express your anger at the exact time it is occurring in an assertive not aggressive manner. Rather than pinning blame, pointing fingers, making assumptions or yelling at someone, talk to the person about the situation in a calm fashion.
If you aren’t ready to talk about it, writing a letter to them can help get some of those feelings out. You don’t necessarily have to give it to them – the act of writing and getting it out on paper can be very healing. This technique works especially well for those who may be holding onto anger or resentments toward someone who has passed. Once the letter is written, many people find it to be very therapeutic to rip it up or burn it. This can be a tangible symbol of letting go.
- Take a good inventory of your diet. Eating a diet high in sugar, processed foods, fast food, soda and alcohol can affect both the chemistry of your brain as well as the health of your liver, presenting a double whammy in terms of liver health. You can remedy this by committing to a simple plan designed to cleanse your liver and bring your body back to a balanced state of health and vitality.
- Connect with how your body feels when you are angry; observe the tension in your body. When you feel this tension it can be a warning sign that you are holding on to anger.
- Honor your feelings. There is nothing wrong with feeling anger – you are human and it is necessary to feel this. It is how you process and deal with it (or don’t deal with it) that makes a difference
When you feel a sense of anger, irritation or frustration coming on do the following:
- Stop what you are doing
- Take four deep breaths
- Move your body so you loosen yourself up (e.g. a simple stretch will do)
- Smile (even if you don’t mean it at that moment)
Once you have calmed down, look at the situation again from this new frame of mind and develop a healthy action plan to deal with it and then move on.
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