This is a common and frustrating condition for many people. Have you tried every expensive cream under the sun to try to get rid of those dark circles under your eyes? The cause is usually internal, and in most cases something can be done about it. Here are some clues as to what's causing it and what you can do.

Liver dysfunction

This can range from an overworked liver to fatty liver or liver inflammation (hepatitis) caused by viruses, alcohol, or drugs. You don’t actually need to have a liver disease. Sometimes the liver is simply overworked because it is constantly having to deal with gut toxicity. Gut toxins leak through the intestinal lining (leaky gut) and travel to the liver. People with irritable bowel syndrome or people with food sensitivities often fall into this category. The 15 Day Cleanse works on addressing gut and liver toxicity, while also improving immune system health. It is a whole body regime that helps to reduce your overall toxin load.

Poor kidney function

If your kidneys are not functioning properly you can find the area under your eyes becomes darker. Check for urinary infection, protein in the urine or kidney stones with your doctor. Kidney Health capsules are specifically designed to support healthy kidney function.


Seasonal allergies can cause dark circles as well as puffiness under the eyes. The eyeball itself can be red and itchy. Food allergies can also cause dark circles around the eyes and the most common offending foods are gluten-containing products and dairy products. We see this a lot in children. Try an elimination diet, stay away from those foods for a month and take Ultimate Gut Health to heal a leaky gut. N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC) helps reduce the allergic response and inflammation.

Sinus infections

Sinusitis can cause darkness and swelling around the eyes. It can be serious, so please see your doctor. it is usually accompanied by a headache and post nasal drip. If your sinus infection is recurrent, see an ear nose and throat specialist. Natural therapies can help a lot and I recommend Selenomune and N-Acetyl-Cysteine. Raw vegetable juicing is immensely helpful - see the book Raw Juices Can Save Your Life. Sinus sufferers should avoid all dairy products.

Long term stress

This can make your sleep of poor quality which causes dark circles around the eyes. Try to manage your stress with things like meditation, yoga, Pilates, regular exercise and going to bed earlier. Magnesium Ultra Potent powder is an excellent remedy against mental and physical stress because it has a calming effect on your nervous system and muscles, and improves sleep quality.

Lack of sleep

Ideally get 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night. It is best to get to bed by 10 pm to allow your adrenals to restore themselves - this is known as the body's circadian rhythm. For more information about sleeping problems make sure you read the book Tired of not Sleeping.


If all your relatives have dark circles, then skin pigmentation around the eyes is genetic. Staying well-hydrated can reduce the intensity of the darkness.

The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.