Ever wondered why after a heavy night out your skin breaks out? Or why after a particularly stressful week at work you have pimples popping up left right and centre? Well the truth is that there is a pretty direct link between our liver function and our skin condition. And that by supporting it, we can really help to clear things up. Let me explain...
One of the liver's main jobs is to act as the filtration system to your body. It works to process excess hormones and toxins, as well as the waste products that come from a diet heavy in alcohol, sugar and saturated fat. And when all is functioning well, it is very efficient in doing so. However, our liver already has a lot on it's plate. 21st century living tries to throw our hormones off balance at every opportunity, affected by everything from pesticides in our food to parabens in our shampoo. And whenever our digestive system is sluggish, excess toxins aren't able to leave our body in their usual way and are instead directed towards the liver.
This all means that our liver can be completely overloaded and our body can become desperate to detox in any way that it can! And the next route for toxin elimination? The skin!
Enter the Super-boosting and Liver-cleaning duo to add to your water and change the story...
MILK THISTLE & CAT'S CLAW
Renowned as the ultimate hangover defender (along with charcoal), Milk thistle is the best liver-lover! MT enhances your liver's ability to break down toxins in detoxification and is a potent antioxidant. Not only this but it has the unique ability to strength the individual cells of the liver wall, safeguarding it from further damage.
Cat's claw works differently to Milk thistle in that it focuses on the stomach. CC ensures that your body has the capacity to effectively flush out pathogens and irritants through your digestive system. It is also anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial (viral and bacterial), antioxidant, and antifungal, as well as having adaptogenic properties, and can help you body to adjust to stress.
BUT WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR MY LIVER?
Well this combination means that excess toxins are able to be escorted out of your body via your digestive system before they start (literally) leeching out of your pores, and also that your liver is strengthened, protected and super-boosted at the same time. Sounds good right?
WHERE TO START?
Try a couple of droplets of each in a glass of water whenever you feel your body needs a hit of detox support. This could be when stress levels are high, when you've had a particularly overindulgent weekend, or when hormonal acne is rearing it's ugly head.
CAUTION - both cat's claw and milk thistle are herbs that interfere with the liver's ability to break down chemicals. This can include medication, so if you have any prescriptions then please check with a herbalist or a doctor first.