How To Detox For Healthy Skin
Imagine for a moment that your liver is an island underneath the sea. Stay with me here. On the island under the sea, live workers, a.k.a your liver cells, whose job it is to recycle everything in the sea.
That’s a big job.
If one of the workers gets overtired, puts in too many hours, or pulls a sickie, the island will create another worker to keep things running optimally. However the island can produce only so many workers. When the number of workers starts to decrease, or the workload starts to increase, the island prioritises to cope with the load. The most important items are recycled first, and the remainder gets sent back out to sea, aka your blood stream, where it floats around until the island can get to it, or sent to the waters surface, aka your skin, where it sits on top. The surface of the water, just like your skin, will reflect what is going on underneath.
If the numbers of workers on the island really starts to dwindle, the island is in dangerous territory of being invaded. For the liver this appears in the way of fat cells coming in and taking over where the liver cells once were. This can lead to what is known as ‘fatty liver disease’, creating an even larger load for the liver to handle.
Helping liver function is a key aspect when treating skin conditions, and also for maintaining healthy, glowing luminous skin. Imagine that waters surface sparkling on a clear day, while underneath the island workers have everything they need to keep the sea calm and clear. Imagine that what is put into the waters environments is carefully considered to keep these beautiful conditions running.
Giving your liver the help it needs to maintain clear healthy skin can start with some very simple changes. Keep reading to find out what you can do to love your liver and help keep your skin crystal clear.
1. Look after your environment. Help your liver cells out by avoiding the foods that pack the heaviest load. Alcohol, caffeine, trans fats, refined sugar, synthetic substances (medications, pesticides, topical skin creams, lotions, washes) all contribute to a heavy workload.
TIP: Try having a break from alcohol and notice the effects on both your energy levels and your skin. The results may surprise you.
2. Keep things clean and green. Amp up whole foods, green smoothies & juices. The liver detoxifies in two stages, aptly named phase 1 and phase 2. Dark green leafy veggies and wholegrains, for example brain rice and quinoa, are glorious for assisting phase one detoxification. The brassica family – think broccoli, cabbage, kale, brussel sprouts and cauliflower – aid in phase 2 detoxication.
Tip: Grate broccoli and cauliflower into a bowl of cooked quinoa. Add in some beetroot, kale leaves and a dash of olive oil and lemon dressing and you’ve got yourself a quick and easy liver loving, skin brightening, summer salad.
3. Consult mother nature. If you’ve recently had infections such as viruses (e.g glandular fever), a few too many big nights out, or a caffeine habit that you can’t quite shake, your liver workers would of had to pull a few overnighters to cope with the load and your skin will be paying the price. Use liver lovin’ herbs such as milk thistle, globe artichoke and schisandra to help your liver cells out. The quality of these herbs is important, so be sure to see a qualified professional such as a naturopath or herbalist, especially if you are on existing medication.
Tip: Switch up that second cup of coffee with a herbal tea containing the herbs listed above, or try green tea for it’s antioxidant properties. If your going completely caffeine free, Rooibos is a great option.
4. Take care of yourself. It goes without saying that the fundamentals of health are enough sleep, enough water, good whole nutritious food, exercise and a easeful mind. The choices you make day in and day out regarding these factors will have a large impact on the health of your liver, and your skin, over time.
Tip: When you wake up in the morning, rehydrate by drinking a glass of warm water with lemon or diluted with a capful of apple cider vinegar with ‘the mother’. Brush your teeth afterwards to help protect tooth enamel.
5. But wait there’s more….. Your liver isn’t the only organ that is involved in detoxification. Your digestive system, especially your colon, your respiratory system and your kidneys also play a role.
Digestive regularity is essential for healthy skin. Fibre in the diet is needed to keep things moving on the regular. Your nose hairs filter environmental toxins from entering the lungs, as well as bringing in all that fresh oxygen from the air. Diaphragmatic breathing, and yoga, are essential to keep your blood full of fresh oxygen, which are in turn delivered to your cells via the blood stream. Kidneys filter the blood including removal of toxins and so play their part in detoxification also.
Detoxification happens daily. Making daily choices that support this process, or hinder it, will affect the health of your skin. If your body is unable to detox on the inside properly, it thinks that helping you get rids of these toxins by way of the skin is the next best idea. Reducing the load on these processes by the tips above will help your organs do their jobs properly, helping to leave you fresh faced and clear.