In both Eastern and Western medicine, it is believed that there is a connection between the body’s internal organs and the emotions we have. When we are filled with positive emotions, we are considered balanced. All of us naturally experience negative emotions at times. When we are overwhelmed in them over long periods, the stress can create an imbalance in our bodies, affecting our system as a whole, including individual organs.
We have more control of our overall health than we often realize. We are powerful and have power within. When we can’t resolve our negative emotions, we can take on the responsibility of caring for ourselves physically. Exercising, relaxing and taking time for ourselves, eating nourishing foods, and plenty of water all restore balance and keep us healthy.
These are the negative emotions that typically impact different organs, tissues, and senses:
|Netagive Emotions||Organs Affected||Tissues Affected||Sense Affected|
|Doubt, Greed, Uncontrolled Laughter||Heart/Pericardium||Skin||Nose|
|Grief, Sadness||Lungs/Large Intestine||Arteries & Veins||Tongue|
|Worry, Obsession, Lethargy, Depression||Spleen/Stomach||Muscles||Mouth|
|Anger, Lack of Courage, Inability to Make Decision||Liver/Gall Bladder||Tendons||Eyes|
|Fear, No Willpower, Low Capacity for Hard Work, No Endurance||Kidney/Urinary Bladder||Bones||Ears|
Foods that can nourish and strengthen organs include:
(Please use caution or refer to your physician if you are on a restricted or specific diet).
Recognizing our negative emotions, working to resolve them, and nourishing the organs associated with them gives us more control of our well-being.
Oats: Filled with magnesium, potassium, calcium, and soluble fiber, which decreases bad cholesterol.
Salmon: Fatty fish contains Omega 3’s, which protect the heart and most organs.
Blueberries: Lower inflammation and blood pressure, keeping plaque at bay.
Beans: Legumes lower the risk of heart disease with flavanoids.
Dark Chocolate: Research has shown that chocolate consumption is associated with lower mortality rates. It also raises “feel-good” endorphins that ease the stress on the heart and system.
Lungs/ Large Intestine
Onions: Reduce inflammation in our bodies, lower cholesterol, and help fight infection.
Pomegranates:,/b> Rich in antioxidants including ellagic acid, which can slow the growth of lung cancer.
Oranges: Filled with vitamins C and B6, citrus helps the lungs transfer oxygen to our system.
Chili Peppers: Contain capaicin, the spicy compound that gives them their bite. Capaicin improves blood flow, stimulates mucous membranes, and fights infection.
Ginger: Its anti-inflammatory properties promote elimination of pollutants in the lungs.
(when these organs are stressed, they like to feel comforted after eating, cooked or room-temperature foods are recommended).
Brown rice: Complex carbohydrates are digested by the body more slowly and provide a stable source of energy.
Sweet potato: Rich in iron, Vitamins C, B6, D. They are starchy and easy to digest.
Maitake mushroom: rich in beta-glucan they increase the amount of immune cells in the spleen.
Figs: High in potassium and fatty acids, they can reduce spleen swelling.
Flax seed: Omega fatty acids decrease inflammation in the body.
Lemon: Vitamin C flushes toxins, lighten the load of the liver, and the aromatherapy properties lift the energy.
Cruciferous vegetables: brocolli, kale, cauliflower, brussel sprouts all help in the liver’s enzyme production.
Bitter greens: alfalfa and dandelion stimulate bile creation, which helps remove waste.
Garlic: Sellenium and allicin contain sulfur, which help your liver detoxify.
Avocado: Avocados are known to promote liver health by boosting its cleansing power and preventing toxic overload. They also help the body repair liver damage.
Kidneys/ Urinary bladder
Red bell pepper: Contain vitamins A, B6, C, folic acid and fiber. They are also rich in lycopene, which protects against renal failure.
Cabbage: Phytonutrients break apart free radicals. Fiber keeps blood sugar from spiking, one of the biggest reasons for kidney damage.
Cranberries: They keep our urine acidic and help bacteria from attaching inside the bladder.
Egg whites: Very high in quality protein and amino acids with less phosphorus than other protein sources.
Melons: A very gentle source of hydration, also rich in anti-inflammatory antioxidants.