Healthy Liver, Healthy Skin
If you’re like me, you’re always looking for ways to make your skin healthier and more beautiful while keeping things natural. It can be frustrating to feel like you’ve tried every cleanser, lotion, toner and tincture out there and yet still experiencing breakouts, dull skin and irritations.
Well, as it turns out, you may need to work on something inside your body, rather than on the outside.
Your skin is often an indicator of how your insides are doing. If your skin is having problems, you may be able to attribute those problems to an internal issue.
You may know that your liver removes toxins from your body, but you may not know that that can impact your skin’s appearance.
If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you probably already have a sense of how important your liver is. This small organ works overtime to serve a wide variety of your body parts, including your biggest organ, your skin.
It all comes down to those toxins. When your liver is stressed or overworked, it can stop doing its job properly. You’re probably wondering how exactly that affects your skin. We’ve got you covered.
Your stressed liver may be harming your skin.
Corina Crysler, a clinical nutritionist, told Well and Good that “in traditional Chinese medicine, the belief is that if your liver is in harmony, the rest of your body will be in harmony. […] A distressed liver can lead to dryness, itchy redness, acne, and dull and sagging skin. Everything [we consume] is processed through the liver, so it’s important to keep it as healthy as possible.”
Essentially, healthy liver, healthy skin.
According to The Spa Dr, the liver “protects the rest of the body from harmful substances by reducing their toxicity and making them ready for excretion. When the liver and other organs involved in detoxification aren’t working properly, it can cause a build up of toxins in the body.”
When toxins build up because they aren’t being processed and excreted, they have to go somewhere.
The Liver Doctor tells us that toxins that aren’t being processed through your body, they can start to build up in the deeper layers of your skin. This can cause inflammation, triggering a variety of skin issues.
Acne is just the start of the list. You may also experience dermatitis, eczema, premature aging, liver spots (often brown in colour), irritable and red rashes and occasionally even painful hives, psoriasis or rosacea.
Bottom line, if you treat your liver right, your skin will thank you for it. Plus, if your liver isn’t functioning to its full potential, there are sure to be other more problems aside from spotty skin, like weight gain, jaundice, abdominal pain, nausea and other symptoms could be an indicator that your liver is in need of some TLC.
What can I do to give my liver a boost?
To boost your liver health, there are a few easy, natural things you can do.
First, the Green Beauty Team recommends drinking water with lemon. Simple enough right? Lemon is a great detoxifier for your liver and your skin. It’s a simple step in the right direction, but that alone won’t fix the problem.
It’s also important to focus on eating liver-friendly foods. Foods rich in sulfur, like onions, garlic and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale, collard greens and cabbage can offer liver support.
The Global Healing Center also lists grapefruit, green tea, beets, carrots, avocados, apples, olive oil, walnuts, lemons, limes and turmeric as great liver-supporting foods. Clean eating can put your liver on the path to better health.
Regular exercise is also very important, not just for liver health but for your overall health in general.
Another thing to consider is reducing your intake of products that are known to harm your liver. Decreasing your alcohol intake is a start. According to WebMD, you should also pay attention to how much sugar, vitamin A, acetaminophen and trans fats are going into your body.
One of the more surprising things you can do to give your liver a boost is to incorporate milk thistle into your routine.
Milk thistle is known to support and detox the liver. It contains silymarin, a compound that promotes liver health. A large number of scientific studies have successfully made this connection, so there’s definitely something to it.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, “the active ingredient — the one that protects the liver — in milk thistle is known as silymarin, a chemical extracted from the seeds. Silymarin is actually a group of flavonoids (silibinin, silidianin, and silicristin), which are thought to help repair liver cells damaged by alcohol and other toxic substances.”
Milk thistle works hard to support your liver. When your liver is healthy, it can do its job properly. When the liver is doing its job properly, toxins won’t wind up elsewhere, like in your skin. Your skin will improve noticeably. It’s a very simple cycle.
That isn’t all milk thistle seeds can do for you. Check out our Top 10 Benefits of Milk Thistle Seeds post to learn more about the benefits of this nutritious seed.
You may not know this, but eating healthy fats can also help to de-stress your overworked liver.
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