Did You Know Your Liver Health Affects Your Appearance?
The health of your liver has a profound affect upon your appearance and yet many people are unaware of this. Beauty regimes and exercise can help a lot, but if your liver is sluggish or fatty you will not achieve the looks you desire.
This is because your busy liver works 24 hours a day to perform the following functions:
- Removes toxins from your blood stream
- Breaks down toxins and chemicals which otherwise stay in your body
- Regulates fat metabolism – a fatty liver stores fat whereas a healthy liver burns fat
- Manufactures proteins so you have strong and streamlined muscles
- Stores iron so you have enough to make red blood cells which gives you a nice rosy complexion
- Manufactures and excretes bile into the intestines to remove toxins and prevent a sallow complexion
A sluggish or fatty liver can result in changes to your appearance such as:
- Inability to lose weight
- Easy weight gain
- Loss of muscle tissue
- A bloated abdomen
- Fluid retention
- Acne rosacea on the face
- Brown liver spots on your skin
- A yellow color to the whites of your eyes
- Red colored palms
- Dark circles under your eyes
- Itchy rashes on your skin which may develop a purple or brownish pigmentation
- Fatty lumps under the skin known as lipomas and xanthelasmas
Acne in young adults is distressing and drugs such as antibiotics or the drug Roaccutane are often used. Long term use of antibiotics can damage the liver and disturb healthy gut bacteria, so they are not without risk and regular blood tests for liver function must be done. Acne in young adults is caused by hormonal excess and infection and these things can be greatly improved by taking a good liver formula and increasing fruits and vegetables in the diet.
Raw juices can help all types of skin disorders, as can use of a super greens powder such as Superfood Greens. Eating more vegetables and salads will improve the skin condition but few of us have the time to prepare and eat the recommended six cups of green veggies every day. That’s why it pays to supplement with green foods such as spirulina and chlorella. Just one tablespoon of Superfood Greens, for example, has the same antioxidant content as four cups of broccoli! Superfood Greens also contains astaxanthin, which is a superb anti-aging antioxidant for the skin.
Like fruits and vegetables, green foods contain a wealth of vital nutrients, including 21 different vitamins and minerals. Unlike most fruits and veggies, though, green foods like spirulina also provide essential fatty acids, plus all 8 essential amino acids needed to form complete proteins. Superfood Greens also delivers added nutrition from vegetables, fruits, seaweeds, and sprouts.
When it comes to eczema, dermatitis, hives (urticaria) and psoriasis, it is vital to look for food allergies and intolerances. The most common food intolerance is gluten intolerance and you can have a blood test to see if you carry the genetic pattern that predisposes you to gluten intolerance – this gene test looks at the type of HLA DQ gene you carry.
Gluten intolerance can cause severe skin problems and yet not cause any sign of celiac disease – in other words you do not have to be a celiac to be gluten intolerant. A healthy liver is more able to neutralize food allergens and reduce allergic skin conditions. Supplements to reduce allergic skin conditions include Selenomune and N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC) and improve the liver’s ability to detoxify the body from inflammatory chemicals and free radicals.
People with insulin resistance (syndrome X) typically experience skin symptoms. Skin tags and acanthosis nigricans are the most common. Acanthosis nigricans is a darkening of the skin that typically occurs around the neck, under the arms and around the groin. Addressing syndrome X and using a whey protein powder can help to manage the condition.
The liver also plays a vital role in the metabolism of thyroid hormones and sex hormones and these things impact upon the appearance of your skin and your weight. If the liver does not convert the thyroid hormone to the active form, your skin and hair may show signs of an underactive thyroid gland; this manifests as dry flaky skin, dry hair, hair loss, constipation and puffiness of the lower legs.
Selenium helps the liver convert thyroid hormone to the active form. Iodine can also help dry skin problems caused by sluggish liver and sluggish thyroid function. Selenomune contains 3 forms of selenium, as well as iodine and other essential vitamins and minerals, to strengthen immune function. The dose is only one capsule daily.
Drink 250 to 300mls of raw juice daily – best ingredients to juice are parsley, basil, mint, carrot, kale, cucumber, beet, green apple, lemon, orange and ginger.
For more ideas see my book titled “Raw Juices Can save Your Life”
Use Superfood Greens in your juice or water daily
Take a good liver formula every day
The good news is that we can help all of these annoying, and sometimes serious problems in our health and appearance by improving our liver function. Keep an eye out for the benefits you’re sure to experience: clearer skin, brighter eyes, less fluid retention, a faster metabolism, less cellulite, more energy and the fading of brown liver spots.
The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.