The Clock Ends…Finally: Liver 1 AM – 3 AM

How many of you wake up in the middle of the night? Come on, be honest. You think it’s because you need to use the restroom and once you are awake, your body does tell you that the restroom is in order. Notice the time you are waking at night and if it falls between 1 AM and 3 AM your liver is letting you know that it is not balanced.

Not convinced? How about these traits? Do you hold tension in your stomach or have gurgles? Experience nose bleeds? Do you have throbbing headaches or dizziness? Do you crave alcohol or fried foods? Do you experience anger? Do you over work? These are just a few signs of a liver crying for attention.

Recall we have been talking about the body’s meridian system from a Chinese Medicine perspective. For the last year, we have covered a different organ and this month we end the body clock with its final stop, the liver. In case you missed it, you can read it from the beginning in my prior article titled, “Is Your Hose Kinked?” Be sure to review the archives for the last couple of months to read the articles that support the rest of the body clock. We have covered the lungs, the large intestines, the stomach, the spleen/pancreas, the heart, the small intestines, the bladder, the kidneys, the pericardium, triple heater, and the gall bladder. If you missed any of these, please click on the link above to start the series and to view a list of all subsequent articles.*

Each organ/gland has its very own unique set of tasks that it performs daily at a very specific time of day similar to your daily tasks or “in-box” at work. And, just like your life, your organs have to deal with an occasional “emergency” in their day. When your body has a stressor it can impact any number of ways and in the instance of the liver you may find you are unable to sleep.

The liver holds the final position, number twelve, in the body clock. The clock starts each day at 3 AM with the lungs, and passes the baton every two hours to a different organ throughout the 24 hour clock. This month our focus will be on the liver which begins its daily routine at 1 AM and continues until 3 AM.

The liver has a number of functions including:
• Managing blood volume and menstruation
• Determines tone of muscles
• Produces healthy nails
• Regulates eye health and vision
• Synthesizes life and coordinates the body’s work for each day

Often the following symptoms may accompany a liver that is not balanced:
• Depression or moodiness
• Spots in visual field
• Uterine fibroids, abdominal masses or lumps
• Red eyes or face
• Irritable bowel; flatulence
• Bitter taste
• Fever
• Spasms of neck and shoulders

There are a number of ways to address an imbalance in the liver such as exercises like Qi Gong, Yoga, or Tai Chi.

The liver ends our body clock journey. If you wake up multiple times a night and not just during liver time, suspect adrenal stress in which case you could benefit greatly from my prior video release called the Tahiti Vacation Relaxation Technique.

Another way to address energy imbalances is through BodyTalk, a modality I use in my practice. A BodyTalk session can be done in person or remotely (over the phone or live video conference such as Zoom). Learn more about BodyTalk and schedule a session.


Click here for the previous article in The Clock Continues Series…




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Distress or Chronic Stress

Distress or chronic stress is uncontrollable, prolonged, or overwhelming stress. Once stress becomes distress, the body manages to survive though not always to thrive. For example, when faced with periods of chronic stress, the body’s immune system function is lowered, and the digestive, excretory, and reproductive systems no longer function the way they should. In a state of distress, the cells of the immune system (and other body systems) are unable to respond normally and produce levels of inflammation which increase the risk of further health issues.


Homeostasis refers to your body’s ability to regulate itself and maintain a comparatively stable internal environment despite external and internal conditions and events.

Your body is designed to be in a state of homeostasis, where all the systems within are functioning optimally.


Stressor is anything that is perceived by the body as challenging, threatening or demanding.

Health Story

In the context of My Wellbeing Compass, your “Health Story” represents the combination of your dis-eases, conditions, symptoms and the history that binds them together. It is multi-layered and multi-dimensional. Unearthing and resolving the root causes at the core of your Health Story is the only way to truly rewrite this Story.

Natural Self-repair Mechanisms

The body is made up of intelligent, living cells that are dynamically connected. They communicate and just know what to do and when to do it in any given situation. They grow, replicate, repair, and age. Every 90 days, the body has a new bloodstream; every year, it manufactures billions of new cells; colon cells refresh every 4 days; the skin is entirely regenerated every 2-3 weeks; white blood cells regenerate in about 1 year; the liver renews itself at least once every 2 years; and the skeleton replaces its cells entirely every 10 years.

You are an incredibly complex, interactive, and dynamic living organism that is well-equipped with self-repair mechanisms that can fight infections, eliminate toxins, fix damaged DNA, destroy cancer cells, and even slow down aging.

This natural self-healing ability (also referred to as cellular intelligence or body’s innate intelligence) explains spontaneous remissions from seemingly “incurable” diseases.


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