The liver is a large, meaty organ that sits on the right side of the belly. Weighing about 3 pounds, the liver is reddish-brown in color and feels rubbery to the touch. Normally you can’t feel the liver, because it’s protected by the rib cage.The liver has two large sections, called the right and the left lobes. The gallbladder sits under the liver, along with parts of the pancreas and intestines. The liver and these organs work together to digest, absorb, and process food.The liver’s main job is to filter the blood coming from the digestive tract, before passing it to the rest of the body. The liver holds about one pint (13%) of the body’s blood supply at any given moment. The liver also detoxifies chemicals and metabolizes drugs. As it does so, the liver secretes bile that ends up back in the intestines. This helps carry away waste products from the liver. When the liver has broken down harmful substances, its by-products are excreted into the bile or blood. Bile by-products enter the intestine and leave the body in the form of feces. Blood by-products are filtered out by the kidneys, and leave the body in the form of urine. The liver also makes proteins important for blood clotting and other functions.Some other functions include the following:Production of certain proteins for blood plasmaProduction of cholesterol and special proteins to help carry fats through the bodyConversion of excess glucose into glycogen for storage (glycogen can later be converted back to glucose for energy) and to balance and make glucose as needed
Regulation of blood levels of amino acids, which form the building blocks of proteinsProcessing of hemoglobin for use of its iron content as the liver stores ironClearing the blood of drugs and other poisonous substancesRegulating blood clottingResisting infections by making immune factors and removing bacteria from the bloodstreamSource: @webmd
The gallbladder is a pear-shaped, hollow structure located under the liver and on the right side of the abdomen. It is part of the human biliary system which is involved with the production, storage and transportation of bile. Bile is a yellowish-brown enzyme/fluid produced by the liver and used to break up and help digest fatty foods in the small intestine. The gallbladder is not critical for human survival, as bile can reach the small intestine in other ways, according to Britain’s National Health Service. Removing the gallbladder in an otherwise healthy individual typically causes no observable problems with health or digestion yet there may be a small risk of diarrhea and fat malabsorption.The gallbladder serves as a reservoir for bile while it’s not being used for digestion. The gallbladder’s absorbent lining concentrates the stored bile. When food enters the small intestine, a hormone called cholecystokinin is released, signaling the gallbladder to contract and squeeze the stored bile into the small intestine through a series of tubes called ducts.An excess of cholesterol, bilirubin, or bile salts can cause gallstones to form. Gallstones are generally small, hard deposits inside the gallbladder that are formed when stored bile crystallizes. A person with gallstones will rarely feel any symptoms until the gallstones reach a certain size, or if the gallstone obstructs the bile ducts. Surgical removal of the gallbladder (cholecystectomy) is the most common way to treat gallstones. Some other problems associated with the gallbladder are gallbladder attack and gallbladder disease. Gallbladder pain is usually caused by biliary colic, gallstones, cholecystitis, pancreatitis and cholangitis, according to MedicineNet.
Source: Live science
The eye has many parts that must work together to produce clear vision:The sclera, or white part of the eye, protects the eyeball.The pupil, or black dot at the center of the eye, is a hole through which light can enter the eyeThe iris, or colored part of the eye, surrounds the pupil. It controls how much light enters the eye by changing the size of the pupilThe cornea, a clear window at the front of the eye, covers the iris and the pupil. Light enters here.A clear lens, located behind the pupil, acts like a camera lens by focusing light onto the retina at the back of the eyeThe retina is a light-sensitive inner lining at the back of the eye. Ten different layers of cells work together in the retina to detect light and turn it into electrical impulses and send them to the optic nerve
The eye’s retina contains millions of tiny light-sensing nerve cells called rods and cones, which are named for their unique shapes.Cones are responsible for perceiving color and detail.Rods are responsible for night vision, peripheral or side vision, and detecting motionRods and cones convert the light from our retinas into electrical impulses, which are sent by the optic nerve to the brain, where an image is produced. The macula is the part of the retina that gives us central vision. It’s how we see form, color, and detail in our direct line of sight.The optic nerve then transmits these signals to the visual cortex of the brain which creates our sense of sight. This is where we ‘get the picture.’ LolAnother function of the eye is to produce tears. Tears are important in maintaining healthy eyes. Tears nourish and lubricate the surface of the eye as well as wash away debris. A normal tear consists of water, oil, and mucus.There are three main parts in the tear system:Glands that make the tear fluid, oil, and mucus
Openings that let tears flow out of the eye
Ducts inside the nose that tears drain throughSource: Myeyes.com
ife is full of frustrations. From the minor irritations of losing something to the major problem of continued failure towards a desired goal. Since many of the things we truly want require a degree of frustration, being able to manage frustration is required in order to allow us to remain happy and positive even in trying circumstances.Frustration is an emotion that occurs in situations where a person is blocked from reaching a desired outcome. In general, when we reach one of our goals, we feel pleased and when we feel we feel our actions are producing less and fewer results than we think they should we may succumb to frustration, feel irritable, annoyed and angry.Some of the “typical” responses to frustration include anger, quitting (burn out or giving up), loss of self-esteem and self-confidence, stress and depression.ANGER: There is a saying “Frustration begets anger and anger begets aggression.” Direct anger and aggression is expressed toward the object perceived as the cause of the frustration. Ie: If a machine does not work, you might hit it or kick it.It may not seem obvious but frustration can adversely affect your healthFrustration to your body’s functioning means that nutrients and oxygen do not reach your cells causing a form of malnutrition.When toxins enter your body and bloodstream they will be distributed throughout your body, impairing the functioning of your cells.When your food is not properly digested it enters the blood stream and creates congestion in the body.When your digestion does not function properly your immune system does not get the support it needs.When you eat too often you do not give your body enough time to fully digest food so it ends up becoming sludge in your body.When your nutritional needs are not met, your body is sluggish from toxins, undigested food and lack of sleep, your emotional and mental condition is affected as well.Source: Maria hill – @sensitiveevolution
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Liver is the organ responsible for the smooth flow of emotions as well as energy and blood. It is the organ that is most affected by excess stress or emotions.
The eyes are the sensory organ related to the Liver. If you have any eye issues, including blurry vision, red or dry eyes, itchy eyes, it may be a sign deep down that your Liver is not functioning smoothly.The tendons are the tissue associated with the Liver. TCM says that strength comes from the tendons, not muscles. Be like the cat that is strong, agile, and flexible, not the cow, which has huge muscles but little real strength.The taste that corresponds to and supports the Liver is sour. If you crave sour foods, that may be your Liver communicating that it needs an extra boost, so be sure to include high-quality vinegar and sweet and sour recipes in your diet.Anger is the emotion associated with the Liver. If you are often irritable, get angry easily, have trouble unwinding from the day’s activities, have trouble reasoning or going with the flow and letting things go, you are experiencing a Liver function problem. Experiencing these emotions chronically or excessively can seriously unbalance the function of your LiverSimple Tips for Everyday Liver Health.
Stay calm, especially during the spring. Don’t get caught up in spring’s intense new energies! Take things easy and go slow; engage in gentle exercises to relax your mind, body, and spirit.
Use a hairbrush with rounded bristles, hit your legs up and down the insides of your thighs and calves, starting at the ankles, for about five minutes. This gently stimulates your Liver meridian, allowing your qi to flow more freely and relaxing your Liver.Avoid alcohol! Because the Liver is responsible for metabolizing alcohol, drinking in moderation can go a long way towards preserving your Liver’s energy and giving it a break.Engage in gentle exercise, such as swimming or walking, instead of hard and fast exercises which overwork or overstretch the tendons, causing them to eventually lose their flexibility, impacting the Liver function of being “flexible.”
“When a cartoon character gets angry, steams comes out the ears, red creeps over the body from head to toe and there may even be an explosion or two. It’s not as entertaining to watch in real life, but the state of anger causes physical effects in us as well. The response varies from person to person, but some symptoms include teeth grinding, fists clenching, flushing, paling, prickly sensations, numbness, sweating, muscle tensions and temperature changes [source: Tavris].” – EdwardsAnger is an emotion characterized by antagonism toward someone or something you feel has deliberately done you wrong. Anger can be healthy in moderate amounts, as it can help express negative emotions.Anger covers the full range of emotions associated with anger including: resentment, irritability, and frustration.Excessive anger can cause problems. Increased blood pressure and other physical changes associated with anger make it difficult to think straight and harm your physical and mental healthPain alone is not enough to cause anger. Anger occurs when pain is combined with some anger-triggering thought.Thoughts that can trigger anger include personal assessments, assumptions, evaluations, or interpretations of situations that makes people think that someone else is attempting (consciously or not) to hurt them.The constant flood of stress chemicals and associated metabolic changes that go with recurrent unmanaged anger can eventually cause harm to many different systems of the body.#HealthEducation
Some of the short and long-term health problems that have been linked to unmanaged anger include:headache
digestion problems, such as abdominal pain
high blood pressure
skin problems, such as eczema/itchy skin
low energyWhat can you do to help with your anger?Exercise
Punch/Scream into a pillow
Write an angry letter and do not send it
If you feel out of control, walk away from the situation temporarily, until you cool down.
Recognize and accept the emotion as normal and part of life.
Try to pinpoint the exact reasons why you feel angry.
Once you have identified the problem, consider coming up with different strategies on how to remedy the situation.
Do something physical, such as going for a run or playing sport.#LaughLoveThinkFacts😂💜💭💯 #HealthEducation
feeling or showing envy of someone or their achievements and advantages.
“he grew jealous of her success”
feeling or showing suspicion of someone’s unfaithfulness in a relationship.
fiercely protective or vigilant of one’s rights or possessions.
If you smell a new scent on your lover’s shirt, your stomach feels as if it’s in free fall. You see someone laughing at your mates jokes to long, you may become possessive. You hear your competitor’s gloating acceptance speech and your heart pounds. Watch a confident pal steal your crush and your hands suddenly start trembling. Jealousy can help you pinpoint certain feelings you deal with, but it can also affect the physical body if left to run rampant.
On Your Brain
Imagine your partner in bed with a new lover or compare your resume to a longtime rival and your nodes of fear, anger, and disgust–swing into high gear. Social pain is experienced much the same way as physical pain.
On Your Stomach
Overhear your boss praise the company’s new employee, and your lunch looks a whole lot less delicious. The threat of a challenger who could leave you jobless–or single–activates a fear reaction in the brain, triggering the fight-or-flight response. One result? No more appetite.
On Your Eyes
Constantly worried that your wife might not be faithful? You’ll find yourself staring down potential rivals–especially attractive ones or ones you know are ‘their type.’ People who are consistently jealous of a possible unfaithful partner pay close attention to any good-looking members of their own sex and form strong memories of what they look like, according to research in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
On Your Heart
The sympathetic nervous system suffers under the stress of jealousy, with a faster heart rate, and higher blood pressure. If you find yourself having chest pains, avoid the man who married your true love, and travel blogs about the life you wish you had.
When you feel jealousy, ask yourself where you feel threatened, insecure, possessive etc. Where do your feelings guide you?
Source: Katherine Schreiber – @thealternativedaily
1) Kindness Makes us Happier
When we do something kind for someone else, we feel good. On a spiritual level, many people feel that this is because it is the right thing to do and so we’re tapping into something deep and profound inside of us that says, ‘This is who I am.’ 2) Kindness Is Good for the Heart
Acts of kindness are often accompanied by emotional warmth. Emotional warmth produces the hormone, oxytocin, in the brain and throughout the body. Of recent interest is its significant role in the cardiovascular system.
Oxytocin causes the release of a chemical called nitric oxide in blood vessels, which dilates (expands) the blood vessels. This reduces blood pressure and therefore oxytocin is known as a ‘cardioprotective’ hormone because it protects the heart (by lowering blood pressure). The key is that acts kindness can produce oxytocin and therefore kindness can be said to be cardioprotective.
3) Kindness Improves Relationships
This is one of the most obvious points. We all know that we like people who show us kindness. This is because kindness reduces the emotional distance between two people and so we feel more ‘bonded’. It’s something that is so strong in us that it’s actually a genetic thing. We are wired for kindness.
Our evolutionary ancestors had to learn to cooperate with one another. The stronger the emotional bonds within groups, the greater were the chances of survival and so ‘kindness genes’ were etched into the human genome.
So today when we are kind to each other we feel a connection and new relationships are forged, or existing ones strengthened.
1. Joy released
The Apostle Paul says to give joyfully (2 Corinthians 9:6-7), so perhaps that’s why God designed our bodies to be really happy about our giving.
Acts of compassion spur our bodies to create more oxytocin, which encourages even more compassion.
2. Spiritual growth enhanced
Giving and other forms of compassion do more than release brain chemicals. They stimulate areas of the brain that are involved in prayer. The anterior cingulate is involved in a lot of our thinking — our memory, attention, and motivation — but it’s also active in prayer, empathy, and compassion.
Since brain cells work in the same way as muscle cells — they get stronger the more you use them — prayer enhances our compassion, and compassion grows us spiritually.
3. Good gut feelings promoted
The vagus nerve aids our digestion. But it also is known as “the care-taking organ” because of its involvement when we are caring for others.
When researchers showed a video of a woman injured in an accident, they measured the vagus nerves of their subjects, as well as heart rate and stress levels. Those who reported feeling the most compassionate also showed reduced stress and lower heart rates. Researchers have connected activity in the vagus nerve to feeling optimism, physical health, and greater artistic appreciation.
4. Body healed
When scientists wanted to determine which multiple sclerosis treatment would work best, they had no idea that recruiting others who suffered from the illness would lead them in an unexpected direction. One group of subjects would learn coping skills. The others would be able to discuss their illness with fellow multiple sclerosis sufferers. After two years, the results were clear. Neither group improved as much as those who offered help by listening. Giving — in this case, giving help — turned out to improve a person’s health more than anything else.
Source: @worldvisionusa – worldvision.org
When someone asks you for something, money, energy, shoulder to lean on etc, do you help/give with a cheerful heart? Are you irritated? Do you still give it, but it comes with conditions? What is giving with a cheerful heart? :: also see generosity post.
Generosity is defined as “the quality of being kind, generous and understanding, and not selfish.” A genuinely generous heart is anchored in the love of God. He pours his love in our hearts by the Holy Spirit giving us the ability to be truly generous. A generous heart is a lifestyle that permeates every area of our lives; freely we have received and freely we give.
Generosity is giving from the heart; it is giving of ourselves through our demonstration of love, compassion and kindness. It is more than our material possessions, it involves sharing our God-given gifts and talents. We can’t give what we don’t have. So generosity comes from what is stored up in our hearts including love, gratitude, and joy. We are encouraged to begin developing generosity at whatever level we find it arising in our heart.
Give thoughtfully & intentionally. Don’t give impulsively. Give enthusiastically. Don’t just say, “I have to give! If I don’t give, I’ll go to Hell.” Give voluntarily. Give cheerfully. Give with joy!
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 2 Corinthians 9:6 NIV
You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 2 Corinthians 9:7 NLT
A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart …” Luke 6:35, NIV
1 Timothy 6: 18 18 Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others