Liver Health and Ayurveda
Updated: Feb 3, 2021
Your liver plays such an important role in your health. In Ayurveda we know that cleansing the liver through your foods, lifestyle and actions as well as a seasonal spring cleanse is vital to your overall health.
This is Heather Johnson and you're listening to the Ayurveda Life School Podcast, episode number 95, liver health, and Ayurveda.
Hello, my friends. Welcome to the podcast today. How are you, really? How often do you ask that question? And you just automatically say, Oh, I'm fine. I'm good. But take a minute and just evaluate, how are you right in this moment, as you're listening to this broadcast, wherever you are, if you're going for a walk, if you're doing household chores, if you're driving somewhere, just think, how are you?
And as we begin to get more in tune with that answer, that's where healing starts. So as we're talking through our session today, as we're working through our topic of the liver and how do we have a healthy liver, I want you to just tap in with your body, check in with how you're feeling, check in with your emotions. See if any of this resonates. If there are things that you can do to help improve the health of your liver.
Why liver health matters 1:16
And we'll talk about why that's so important as we're moving through this, but I hope that you're having a beautiful day today, wherever you're at, as you're listening,
I wanted to talk about liver health simply because we're getting closer to spring. We're getting closer to our seasonal cleansing, and it's important that we know why it's useful to cleanse and how we look at some of these bodily organs that are so vital. The liver itself is called Yakrit in sanskrit and the liver is the site or the home of Ranjaka Pitta.
Ranjaka-a subdosha of Pitta in the liver 2:00
If we take a step back, we have Pitta dosha, right? So we have Vata, Pitta and Kapha doshas. Pitta dosha is our fire and a little bit of water element. Pitta creates all the heat and metabolism and change and transformation in our bodies and our minds, and it has five sub doshas.
Ranjaka creates color in the body 2:13
One of those is called Ranjaka Pitta and itl lives in the liver. It is responsible for bringing color to your body, especially the colors of yellow and green. So when you think of Ranjaka, you can think of a little guy with a crayon and he's coloring. And his favorite colors are yellow and green. Anytime you have something that is yellow or green show up in your body, you know, Ranjaka is involved.
It also causes the redness that we see. So if you're having inflammation or heat, that's how we know Pitta is in the game. Typically Ranjaka Pitta.
The liver is the origin of Raktavaha Srotas 2:40
Now, the liver has a really intimate relationship with our blood. It's considered the origin of the vessels that carry the blood in the vessels, and we call this the Raktavaha srotas. So we know that the liver is this home or the origin of Raktavaha srotas.
And the health of the rakta, or the blood, the blood that's carried through our vessels is directly tied to the health of the liver. We look at the blood or the rakta dhatu, and we know that it carries heat. When we're cold that means we have sluggish circulation. The blood's not moving as quickly. We might have a weak circulatory system.
Pitta creates heat in the blood 3:20
When we're feeling heat or intensity, we're embarrassed or angry, things like that, then that blood heat starts to rise. As somebody with a lot of Pitta dosha, I can tell you that I can feel that, especially if I get embarrassed. There have been opportunities where I've had to sing in public alone, solo, and it's not something I'm comfortable with. And I always think, Oh, it will be just fine. The Pitta in me says, no worries.
I got this. I can totally do this. So then I get through a section of the song and suddenly I start to become very aware of myself in that moment. And I can feel this Pitta heat of embarrassment, intensity, maybe a little bit of frustration as to why did I say yes to this? And it comes up as a lot of redness in my face, and I'll actually get really, really bright red when I'm in a situation where I'm embarrassed or feeling stress in that way. So that is Pitta carrying this heat through the Rakta dhatu, the blood of the body.
Okay. So we've established the liver is a Pitta organ. Specifically, Rajanka Pitta and it brings color to the body. The liver has a relationship to your blood because the liver is the origin of the circulatory system from an Ayurvedic standpoint called the Raktavaha Srotas. So now we're all on the same page.
Liver function 4:36
So what does the liver do? We understand this really well from a Western and an Ayurveda standpoint.
We know that the liver is in charge of metabolizing. It breaks down nutrients. It also creates and builds up nutrients and new amino acids.
The liver has a lot to do with the carbohydrate and sugars in our body. It stores glycogen, and that is originally glucose that has been converted into glycogen. And it stores that in the liver for us, then when we need more, the liver can convert the glycogen into glucose and release it into the blood.
It converts fructose into glucose, and then stores that as well, either as glycogen or triglycerides, This is one reason we want to stay away from high fructose corn syrup because the body tends to store that mostly as triglycerides. And these triglycerides cause a huge amount of issues on the liver. Really big burden. It's actually really hard on the liver.
It creates proteins and it helps with detoxification. That's where we really focus on the liver from an Ayurveda cleansing perspective is that detoxifying. There's a lot of enzymes in the liver that help to take these toxic substances that come into our bodies, through our food mainly, and it makes it okay for the body to digest or process it and eliminate it. That's also what it does with medications. So when you're taking Western prescribed drugs or even excess herbs, your body has to process it. The liver has to break it down and make it appropriate for your body to use.
It deals with the production of bile. The bile is formed in the liver, stored in the gallbladder. This is what emulsifies and breaks down fat in the small intestines. So it has a really important role in fat breaking down
It also stores the venous blood. So about 10 to 15% of your venous blood gets stored in the liver. And when you exercise, it activates that movement and it allows that blood to flow through and to be circulated. So exercise is really important for the health of your liver. I bet you didn't ever know that.
And it circulates every drop of blood in the body every three minutes. That is crazy. Look at the amount of work that this poor little liver is doing.
How the liver gets nutrients and blood supply 6:50
Now, for many of us, we don't even really know where it is. It's in that upper right quadrant. If you were to sit tall, put your right hand, just under your ribs, it's tucked right in there under the ribs. And it's quite a large organ actually. So it really does a lot of important things for us.
Now, the way the liver gets nutrients from the body is through the small intestines in the portal vein. This portal vein comes from the small intestines. It has nutrients in it that have been broken down digested, and that have come into the portal vein. And then they come into the liver.
It has a second supply of blood that is the hepatic artery, and that brings in the oxygen.
So we've got the portal vein bringing in nutrient rich blood from the small intestine, the hepatic artery bringing in oxygen.
And then the blood is processed. Everything is taken care of within the liver, it's cleansed. And that blood goes out of the liver through the hepatic vein to the heart to get some more oxygen. And then eventually it comes back into the liver through the hepatic artery. So it's kind of this closed loop with that outside influence of the nutrients from the small intestine.
Connection of the blood to liver health 7:52
So the liver has a huge job and we want to try and make it easier on it because we can have a lot of problems if our liver is not functioning. What's interesting is you can have only 15% functionality of the liver and it can still operate, but you're not going to be living at a high level. You're going to be basically surviving.
So the more healthy we can keep the blood then the more healthy we can keep the liver. The better our bodies are going to feel because of all these functions that the liver does. Okay. And because it is the home of the Raktavaha srotas, we will really focus on blood toxicity or cleansing the blood in order to keep the liver healthy. And of course that starts with what we're eating and the behaviors that we're doing. So we'll talk a little bit about that.
Importance of cleansing the blood 8:32
So when we're focusing on cleansing the blood or the Rakta Dhatu, we look at all the body tissues, but we know the blood has the biggest impact on the health of the liver. As excessive heat builds up in the blood in the circulatory system, and this can happen through lifestyle, through emotions, through food that we're eating by eating things that are inflammatory, eating things that are hot and spicy foods that we can't process well, that heat builds up in the blood.
And then it comes into the liver. That heat is then transferred into circulation, right? So we know that they're kind of a tied system. So we've got the nutrients coming in from the small intestine. And depending on what you're bringing in, it might be helpful or harmful to the liver. And then it's having to detox the blood, and then it's sending that into general circulation.
And so if that is heated, if there's heat in the liver, there's heat coming through the GI tract, then there's going to be heat in the blood. And then that blood heat comes back into the liver.
Signs of a heated liver or blood 9:22
So it kind of becomes this perpetuating problem and it can lead to things like redness of complexion.
You'll notice it there, you'll see fevers.
You can get acne, and this is the heat trying to leave the body. So these are things you might just notice right away.
If there's a little bit of strain on the liver, when teenagers are having a lot of acne, we always know, okay, we want to treat the liver. We want to help to strengthen their livers, to be able to process things a little bit better.
Yakridhalayudara is sanskrit for diseases of the liver.
And there are some signs, things that you can be watching for. So we talked about a few of them, redness in your complexion, fever, acne.
If you're having any pain in that, right, upper quadrant, just under that rib area, that's not a good thing. We want to get that checked out.
If you have hives or skin rashes.
If you're jaundiced at all, because of the functioning of the liver, jaundice is a sign of an accumulation of bile. And that means there's some issues going on down there. Yellowing of the eyes, yellowing of the skin, that's jaundice. It’s a little bit different than when infants have jaundice. They just don't have enough functioning yet of the liver to catch up with the formation and creation of the bile and the spleen's not working properly yet. But we know that in adults, that jaundice is typically related to liver function.
If you're feeling a lot of fatigue.
If you have hormonal imbalances.
If you have a lot of belly bloating and gas.
Allergies, especially seasonal allergies.
If your sleep schedule is poor, you're not able to sleep well.
All of those are signs that your liver is really working hard, and probably needs a break. We need to support it.
What causes liver disorders and disease 11:30
And I've worked with many clients through this process and it seems to be something that initially they're kind of feeling a little stressed about, like, how am I supposed to clean my liver? That sounds a little bit overwhelming. There are actually some very practical things that we can do. So we will talk about those.
There are many things that can cause liver disease or our livers to just not be functioning at a high performance level.
Things like eating hot spicy foods, a lot of intensity, anger, resentment, all of those strong Pitta emotions, anything that increases Pitta dosha, anything that decreases our Ojas or our strength and immunity is going to affect the liver.
How to get your Guide to Building Ojas 11:53
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So if you feel like your immunity and your strength, your endurance is a little bit low. That would be a good idea to go to the ayurvedalifeschool.com website, just sign up for that newsletter and it will come directly to your inbox.
More causes of liver disorders or disease 12:30
So anything that's increasing Pitta that we talked about. If you're overburdening the liver.
So things like medications, a lot of processed foods, high-fructose corn syrup, we talked about excessive eating. So we're just overeating too much eating at the wrong times.
We've talked about the ayurvedic clock and how it's really important that we give that space between 10:00 PM and 2:00 AM for the liver to do its job. So if we're eating during those times or we've eaten really close and heavy foods near 10:00 PM, that is going to be a problem and cause overwork for the liver.
Alcohol is a big problem with the liver. We know about fatty fatty liver disease. We know about cirrhosis. A lot of those are caused by alcohol and excess alcohol.
And then viral causes. Typically hepatitis has a viral cause. So there's a lot of kinds of hepatitis, but that can be one of the causes is viral.
So some of these things, you can definitely do something about you. Can't always change if you get a virus, but we can do a lot of things with lifestyle to try and help and strengthen the liver.
Chikitsa-treatments for liver disorders 13:31
Now we call the treatment for liver, the Chikitsa. So that word in Sanskrit means treatment. And there's some really kind of overarching principles about keeping the liver healthy.
First one is we want to focus on decreasing ama or toxicity. Hence why cleansing is so amazing for the liver.
And we want to strengthen agni. We've got to strengthen that digestive fire so that everything we take in is being burnt up, digested and metabolized in the proper way, and that will help to support the liver.
We want to clean the blood. So we have to cleanse out the excess dosha that's in the blood, clean out any of the toxins in the blood and decrease the dosha that has been elevated.
Typically when it's the liver, it's Pitta that has been elevated, but we'll talk about why it can also affect the Kapha dosha.
So some common liver issues. Now these are when we've moved beyond the initial stages of just the liver, not functioning at a good level.
Hepatitis and Cirrhosis of the liver 14:21
So we could all be doing more to cleanse our livers on a regular basis. But if we are seeing these signs and these symptoms and we kind of ignore them. Or we get a virus that causes this problem and it just immediately triggers something within the liver, then we may end up with some of the more serious liver diseases like hepatitis or cirrhosis.
So I'm going to briefly touch on those. And then I'll talk about how we can keep the liver healthy for people who have those conditions. But also if you just want to keep your liver a little bit more strong and working well, there's some really simple things, some good herbs we can use.
Hepatitis treatments 15:00
Hepatitis is an inflammation or infection in your liver. It can be caused by a virus, drugs, or alcohol. There's a lot of things that can cause hepatitis and there's many types of hepatitis. So this is just a real broad overview.
The best treatments that we can do for hepatitis is to reduce Pitta. We can do this by a Pitta, reducing diet. So we're eating foods that are bitter, sweet and astringent, right? Or keeping the heat out of the diet.
Green vegetable juices are really, really good for a Pitta dosha that has hepatitis and actually anyone who has hepatitis, or if you just want to strengthen your liver. Green vegetable juice is going to be really useful for that.
Avoid being in the heat. So when you are out in the heat, whether we sit in a sauna, whether we're working in a hot space, we're outside exposed to the sun, all of those things are going to increase Pitta and they're going to affect the liver.
Keeping sexual activity to moderate levels. This can be a challenging one, if that's something you don't want to hear, but we do want to keep that activity lower, especially if we're in acute hepatitis or having acute liver issues, simply because it puts an extra burden and strain on the liver.
Work to build Ojas. So we talked about that. You can get an email that gives you some information there by going to ayurvedalifeschool.com and signing up for the email newsletter.
And reducing stress. Is that not just the panacea for all of our ills, reducing stress, which is very difficult to do, but something we're always working on.
And there are some herbal treatments that have been shown to help improve liver enzyme levels, which is a way that we test the health of the liver. They don't necessarily decrease the viral counts, but it can support the liver, right? It may not reverse what's going on with the hepatitis, but it can help to support the liver.
Cirrhosis- Pitta pushing Kapha 16:45
Cirrhosis is fibrous formations and nodules that form throughout the liver. So it starts with a Pitta. Pitta rises, there's heat in the liver and liver inflammation, but then Kapha gets involved. So Kapha comes in and increases in an attempt to protect and heal the injured tissue of your liver.
So it's really just trying to be a hero. We often give Kapha a bad rap, but Kapha is coming in and trying to help out Pitta because there's so much heat. So it's like, “I'm going to block that and protect it by creating extra tissue here to keep the liver safe.” But in the process, it's creating this cirrhosis and creating the scars and the nodular formation. So it decreases the function of the liver.
Symptoms or effects of Cirrhosis on other systems 17:33
The Kapha increase also is impacting the digestive system. It can cause a lot of heavy sluggish digestion.
It can cause tiredness after meals and overall lethargy and fatigue. So oftentimes if you're having liver issues, you're going to also be experiencing some of these Kapha type emotions.
Now the lower Ojas that you find through cirrhosis is a by-product. So we have these conditions caused by Pitta pushing Kapha.
It ends up leading to a lower Ojas, lower immunity, lower strength. That's going to make you also feel tired, exhausted, and not sleep well.
Treating liver issues 17:57
So it's kind of this big cycle that just starts with Pitta, but then everything else gets involved. And so it can seem overwhelming. You're like, well, what do I work on? What do I address? We're pretty much going to focus on Pitta. Okay. And then we also manage Kapha through lifestyle and just making sure our diet is conducive to helping remove some of that excess Kapha.
Now let's look at what we can do. We've kind of painted a grim picture of the liver and how it does all this work. And if we let things happen or things happen to us and our lifestyle and diet are not supporting our liver, we're going to be in a lot of trouble. Let's look at what we can proactively do to make changes that will help us.
Lifestyle treatments 18:35
First is lifestyle. So we talked about avoiding excessive heat, both in the environment and in your emotions. You want to stay cool, calm and collected. Create routines for yourself. That's going to be really important.
One thing to add into your routine, if you're not doing it already as an Abhyanga massage. Mix together sesame oil or coconut oil. And you can mix that in a one to three ratio. So one part Sesame oil, three parts, coconut oil, to get that cooling in there. Do this every single day to help bring some of that heat down and to calm the body and the mind.
Diet therapy 19:00
Next we can look at diet. We want to take on a Pitta reducing diet focused on sweet, bitter, and astringent. That's really going to help. Especially those bitters. Bitters are really great for cleaning out the blood.
What if you are focusing on a different dosha right now. For example, your Vata dosha is vitiated and you're like, ah, but I can't eat a lot of bitters, because I have Vata going on and bitters are going to increase Vata dosha.
Then instead of worrying about that, we could take bitter in small amounts, but make sure you're including it with every single meal, understanding that every time you do, you're helping to cleanse the liver. It's not going to throw Vata out of balance if you're just having small portions with your meal.
Have your diet be light and simple and small portions, don't focus on eating huge amounts. We want the digestive fire to strengthen.
Eat your three regular meals only snacking if you need to. We want to give some space there for the liver to be able to digest foods.
Avoid hot spices. This is definitely a problem for Pitta. It's going to cause an increase in heat. So all of those ghost peppers are out the door. Cayenne? You might want to wait on that. Don't get too much black pepper. So really just be mindful about keeping the hot spices away instead turn to mild spices.
Some of the very best ones for digestion are going to be things like fennel, coriander, cardamom, peppermint, camomile. And then if you want to add in a little more warmth, if you have Vata dosha, maybe as your primary dosha, and you want to add a little more warmth than you could add in clove or cinnamon, garlic, ginger, tiny bits of black pepper. So you can really work with some digestive herbs that will help to strengthen the Agni and help to strengthen the liver.
Foods to cleanse the liver 20:40
Now, having your green juices, we talked about that. So you could just do that with a juicing machine or you can blend up cooked greens into almost like a soup. So I like to call this a vegetable tonic. And so you can just cook those altogether and then put those in.
You can use things like green beans, zucchini, spinach, and then add in a little bit of ginger just to make it taste yummy. Maybe throw in some carrot because carrot is good for the eyes, which is a Pitta organ as well, and then just cook those up, blend them together. Maybe throw a little bit of parsley in there. That would be a really good smoothie version.
Or if you have a juicer, you can just take green vegetables and juice them and drink those up.
Having beets in your diet is going to be good as well. Beet is a very good blood cleanser. And so you can do those cooked or you can do those raw, avoid the canned ones. They have very little nutritional value. But you could do a little beet slaw where you just shred up your beets, add a little bit of lemon juice on top of it, squeeze a lemon and then put a little Dijon mustard. Stir that up, let it sit for a few minutes to have all the tastes and flavors marinade and eat a little portion of that with your meals would be great as well.
Building Ojas to support the liver 21:59
Now when we get into Rasayanas, or things that will build the Ojas and strength, this is important. We talked about how Ojas is low in this case.
Chyawanprash and Amalaki
So something that you could add in that I think is so delicious is called Chyawanprash jam. Chyawanprash is a rejuvenative jam. The main ingredient in it is Amalaki and Amalaki is fantastic for strengthening the liver. It's good as a liver cleanser and it has an antioxidant effect on the liver.
You can take it in that Chyawanprash jam. The brand that I am just in love with is called PIOR Chyawanprash. You can look that up online and I will put a link in the show notes here, because as a listener of my podcast, you actually can get a 20% discount on a purchase of that PIOR Chyawanprash. So I love the flavor of that.
You can also find Amalaki in triphala. So if you are taking triphala you're getting some Amalaki in there, which is fantastic. I recommend triphala as well as something to help, to purgate and clean out the digestive tract. Very good for the liver to be taking triphala on a regular basis. As a maintenance dose, about one teaspoon or two capsules is sufficient. You can do those in the evening.
If you are having constipation issues, you can increase those doses by a teaspoon until you get results and start having regular elimination. And then you can back that off as long as you're still eliminating on a regular basis. It's a pretty strong flavor. I will admit triphala was one herb tricky for me to integrate, but it is something now I take every single day.
Liver supportive herbs and medicines
Milk Thistle 23:40
That other thing you can add in his milk thistle, you can do this as a tea. One of the main ingredients in milk thistle is silymarin and it helps the liver cells regenerate. So it's just a good little tea you can add in. It's really good if you're having acute toxicity of the liver, or if you've had liver poisoning, it's really good for that. You can buy that at Mountain Rose Herbs.
Aloe Gel or Juice
And aloe gel. I love actually making my own aloe gel. I will buy the big, long aloe leafs and just peel them off and blend the actual gel from the inside with water and make a drink out of it. You can keep it pretty thick if you'd like it a little more viscous or can add more water to thin it up, but it's very good for the liver. It cools the body down. So really great to have that.
I'm not talking about the aloe juice or the drinks that you can buy as a grocery store. They tend to have sugar added into them. You just want pure aloe juice. If you can find that that would be fantastic. And you can also buy pure aloe gel, add a little bit of water to it, to dilute it so that you can drink it down.
Haritaki and Jaggery 24:45
Another really easy way to support the liver is Haritaki with Jaggery. Jaggery is a form of sugar and Haritaki is an herb that is very supportive for all three doshas and specifically for the liver. Mix those together in a one-to-one ratio, two grams, total weight. So you'd have one gram of Haritaki and one gram of jaggery, very supportive to the liver. You can take that before your meals and just take two grams at a time.
This is really great if you have hepatitis or cirrhosis, something active with the liver. If your liver is doing well, you could do this in smaller amounts, but that's the main dosage they're adding.
Brahmi Oil on the feet
Brahmi oil on the feet at night is going to really help with that sleep disorder that comes with liver issues and helps to calm down the Pitta dosha.
Adding ashwagandha into your day. I like to put ashwagandha in my tea simply because it tastes good that way. It doesn't really seem to disturb the flavor. I'll just add a fourth to a half teaspoon into my tea at night. I'll make a licorice tea or a Tulsi tea with the ashwagandha and it's a really great way to get it into the body. If you don't like how it tastes, you can definitely take it as a tablet.
Herbal teas supportive to the liver 25:52
A couple herbal teas that are really helpful are Gotu Kola, dandelion root and CCF tea. That's cumin, coriander, and fennel tea. Very good for cleansing out the body and the liver.
Cholagogues-herbs specific to liver health
And then the last category are bitter cholagogues. A cholagogue is something that is going to help to support the liver, strengthen the liver. It's very specific for the liver itself.
So some of the main herbs in this category are going to be:
Guduchi: Guduchi is good for rejuvenation and regeneration of liver tissue that's been damaged and it's great for detoxing.
Barberry is really good. If you have diabetes mellitus, it'll help to regulate your blood sugars to really start with a low dose here about a gram, and then slowly increase. The way we work with herbs is to start low. And then over time, we'll add more in until we see that we're either getting a side effect we don't like, or we've kind of hit the max dose level.
Some books that are really good for this are Ayurvedic medicine by Sebastian Pole, fantastic book for Ayurvedic medicine and herbs and the Yoga of Herbs by Vasant Lad and David Frawley. Excellent, excellent book about herbs.
Gentian. Another herb that is good for the liver is going to be Gentian. It's great for your digestion and that's an important part of liver function. You can take it as a tincture. So a liquid tincture, just add a couple of drops to your drink before meals. And I like to combine it with ginger or with cardamom because Gentian is really cool. And so I like to add a little bit more warmth in there, just so that it's not too cool for my body.
Bhumyamalaki. Another great one is Bhumyamalaki. I love the name of that. It sounds so fun.
It has the sweet, bitter and astringent tastes. So it's really great for Pitta. It's really mild and it's mainly used for hepatitis, but it is very supportive for the liver.
If you're not having major liver issues. Guduchi is probably my first go-to and I wouldn't take the other ones unless I had, you know, diabetes, I would add in the Barberry. And if I wanted to really work on digestion, I would add in the Gentian.
But if you're going to just choose one out of the, all those Guduchi is a really great one to go with just for the detoxing.
Manjistha. When we start talking about the blood Manjistha is something that I really like and use regularly. It cleanses the blood just by taking the heat from it. And it helps to break down excess Kapha that is in the liver. Manjistha is really good for your mind, if you have a lot of intensity and heat in the mind, Manjistha is going to be a good one for that.
If you decide that you want to try one of those supportive liver herbs, you could take them in the evening with your triphala is a great way to do it, or you could take them after your meals. So when I take Manjistha I'll typically take it after I eat.
So after my meals, and if I'm going to take Gentian or Gaduchi, some of those other supportive ones, I would add those to my Triphala in the evening.
So those are some ways that you can look at using those and how you want to add those in and just start in small amounts and then slowly titrate up.
Of course, if you are dealing with an actual hepatitis or cirrhosis condition, you would want to meet with a practitioner and then also let your primary care physician know if you're taking some of these herbs so they can make sure it's not counteracting anything that they're up to. Always want to create harmony between Western and Eastern medicine.
Summary of liver supports 29:15
So these are some really great ways you can support the liver. Of course, choosing foods that are clean and pure and unprocessed are going to be great.
Doing a regular seasonal cleanse in the spring and the fall are going to be really helpful, making sure that you're taking in things to your senses that keep the Pitta fires at a nice steady level. So we're not flaring up and having all kinds of intensity.
All of those things are going to help the liver. And get good rest. Sleep is always important.
So as we start to move towards spring, I'll tell you more about our seasonal cleanse that will be happening because that is something that is going to be very supportive for the liver. And I encourage all of you to look into it and join if that works for your life, because it can be a reset and a way to get everything back to a good neutral space.
Join the 28 Day Immersion 30:00
So you're starting out clean and ready to move into the spring and summer. A great way to prep for the seasonal cleanse would be to move through the 28 day Ayurveda immersion program. I offer this at the beginning of each month, and it's a really good way to get your habits aligned so that when you start to make some of these bigger changes or do these cleanses, you have a good foundation already there. You can learn more about that at ayurvedalifeschool.com/ayurvedaimmerion.
Have a beautiful week. We will talk to you soon. Namaste.