MTS Health & Wellness Blogs
Dr. Peh Yan Soo, Physiotherapy Specialist
DPT(USA), MSc(UK) & BSc(Hons)(UK)
Welcome to the MTS monthly Health & Wellness blog post series.
In this issue, we are discussing the physical and emotional health of your three main detox organs: lungs, liver and kidneys, which we covered during our pop-up event in Abu Dhabi two weeks ago. We hope you will find it useful and see it as a guide in achieving a healthier and happier lifestyle. 🙂
Any burning questions? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what’s on your mind – we might feature your topic next month!
Understanding the Physical & Emotional Health of your three main detox organs: Lungs, Liver and Kidneys
Human life is always in constant movement, internally and externally. Internally referring to the movements created by the functions of our organs and externally referring to the movement created by the functions of the neuromuscular and skeletal system. Ultimately all the functions are controlled by the central nervous system, which consist of the brain and the spinal cord and hence the movement of the body is made up of the power of our mind to understand and also execute in harmony.
In this issue, the focus will be on what happens when our internal organs are not moving optimally, resulting in a dysfunction from an osteopathic perspective. When an organ has certain restrictions in motion, all the other parts of the body systems will have to adapt or compensate, adding more burden to the systems of the whole body.
The three main organs that helps in detoxification are the lungs, the liver and the kidneys and is vital that we ensure these organs are in optimal health for own inner balance, which includes the physical and emotional health. Let us seek to understand and prevent, rather than wait to experience an illness.
Below is a summary of the signs and symptoms and management strategies for each of the organs:
Lungs: Internal communication with the External
Physical Signs & Symptoms
- Shortness of breath
- Fatigue/lack of energy
- Noisy breathing
- Increased sweat
- Bluish/grey nails
- Neck/shoulder and back pain
- Poor posture
- Bouts of aggressiveness
- Too much or not enough (lion & mouse as an example)
- Poor management of own territory
- Lack of self-confidence/authority
- Fear of confrontation/withdrawal/ bothering people
- Claustrophobia and its opposite
How to Take Care of Your Lungs
|Stop smoking and avoid polluted space||Avoid putting on weight||Learn to negotiate one’s fear and anxiety of being locked up with self-pacing strategies|
|Clean your A/C and curtains||Look after your liver as clogged liver causes mucous lining to be congested||Socialise and participate in group events|
|Cardio exercises like walking, running swimming||Beware of alcohol and chocolate||Seek help of relaxation, meditation, yoga and psychology therapy depending of severity|
|Hanging from a bar with feet supported if needed|
|Massage in between your ribs|
|Learn to control your breath eg. meditation and yoga etc.|
Liver: Our Deeper Self & Emotions
Physical Signs & Symptoms
- Eyesight problems
- Oily hair & dandruff
- Hypersensitive skin
- Bad breath
- Excessive sweating
- Irritated mucous lining
- Dark colour urine
- Dull, muddy complexion
- Difficult digestion
- Hard time knowing oneself
- Dependency on the mother and the past
- Bad memories, pessimism, fear of future
- Lack of self esteem
- Bad moods and ill-being
- Prisoner of routine
- Lack of fighting spirit
- No or lack of creativity
- Feelings of insecurity
- Fits of anger
How to Take Care of Your Liver
|Steam bath and saunas||Avoid cheese, fatty meats, pastry, chocolate, alcohol and cooked cream||Focus on your positive attributes|
|Be aware of the medications and supplements you are taking||Chew your food and eat slowly||Reflect on good memories and experience|
|Exercise or practice a sport regular for at least 30 minutes||Drink adequate water in small sips, preferably luke warm. Add lemon to water or could drink green tea||Seek out people with positive attitude|
|Watch out for sulfites based products||Cultivate a feeling of self-esteem and self-respect|
|Fresh fruit juices especially grapefruit||Reconnect with power of evaluating and choosing your life in full conscience and freedom|
|Green vegetables like dandelion green, fennel, artichokes etc.||Form trusting relationship|
|Eat things slightly sour|
Kidneys: Two Non-Identical Twins
Physical Signs & Symptoms
- Deep fatigue & sleep that brings no rest
- Rings under eyes, sensitive to light & swollen eyelids
- Hair that has no shine or shape
- Crumpled face, waxen complexion
- Intense back pain in the morning
- Hunger pangs/stomach cramps
- Pins & needles in the feet
- Mostly same as liver for right kidney
- Depleted deep energy
- Existential & reactive fear
- Deep seated anger
- A need to surpass one self and to lead
How to Take Care of Your Kidneys
|Avoid being seated for too long, move every hour at least||Avoid or reduce protein sources especially in the evening||Learn to control fear and anxiety, distinguish between existential fear and fear of danger|
|Plan your travelling journey to include frequent rest breaks||Avoid salt and replace with herbs (thyme and rosemary in particular)||Avoid situations that may put you off balance and take things one at a time|
|If you ever fall on your back, be sure to have a check medically or by a manual therapist||Drink natural sparkling mineral water rich in minerals||Learn to overcome problems and build resilience|
|Drink sufficient water according to your body size and preferable lukewarm and in small amount|
|Avoid oily/fried and fatty food|
|Eat fiber rich food and fruits|
The above suggestions are to help you understand that we have emotions and such emotions do affect the organs of our physical body and vice-versa. Listening and understanding the language of your body will help you manage your health in a better shape and strengthen your own self-protection system. Therefore, start to optimize your own health today by taking care of your inner self and to offer yourself the joy of a well-functioning body and mind.
My greatest respect and gratitude to my visceral manipulation mentors Joanne Enslin De Wet and Jean-Pierre Barral who not only taught me to be a better practitioner for my patients but also a better human being for myself.
What Do You Want To Know More About Your Health & Wellness?
MTS started a community initiative from May 2018 where we will be organising a meet up (yes in meetup group) where we will host a common topic of interest among the public from a professional expert in the field.
The first MTS community initiative kicked off 2 weeks ago with a special pop-up event at Boutik Mall, Reem Island. We have just shared with you the key highlights of the talk in this blog and it was followed with a mini detox yoga session. If you missed this event, don’t fret – there will be more to come.
Sign up for our meet up group, tell us what you would like to know (yes, please talk to us) and we will do the rest for you! Sign up now – YOURS-MEDICAL-WELLNESS
We look forward to meeting you soon in one of our meetup sessions!
Till then, don’t be a stranger.