How Your Liver Health Affects Your Skin | Aging Gracefully
There is a huge emphasis on the importance of a healthy heart, but having a healthy liver can be equally important. Symptoms of poor liver health can lead to a variety of aging skin problems. If aging gracefully is important to you, then you need to learn how to look after your liver.
The Importance of a Healthy Liver
The liver is the largest and most complex organ in the body. It is responsible for cleansing the body of toxins, metabolizing estrogen, regulating fat, breaking down red blood cells, controlling digestion and many more tasks. The main function of the liver is to eliminate toxins and metals in the body.
A liver that is under stress or not functioning at its best means toxins can build up in the body. Liver disease such as jaundice causes the skin and whites of the eyes to turn yellow due to high levels of bilirubin in the blood. Other symptoms of poor liver health include:
- Sallow skin color
- Acne rosacea or bumpy skin
- Eczema, dermatitis or psoriasis
- Wrinkles and loose skin
- Itchy rashes and ulcers
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Brown age spots and skin blemishes
- Spider veins beneath the surface of the skin
Notice that these are all visible symptoms which suggest that to have healthy skin and avoid aging skin problems you must take care of your liver. While serious skin problems may need a medical specialist, there are some initial steps you can take to boost liver health.
Treat yourself to a detox diet for 3-7 days. Avoid processed food, sugar, dairy, wheat, alcohol and coffee and focus on a diet of vegetables, fruit, plant-based protein, fermented probiotic-rich food and cleansing drinks including plenty of water. An initial day of fasting will also give your digestive tract a break as your body and liver detoxify. Milk thistle and dandelion root will also help the detox process.
- Drink Raw Juices
Use a juicer to create healthy drinks from a mixture of healthy foods such as carrot, kale, mint, pear, citrus, apple, cabbage, and mint leaves. Make a bulk quantity, allowing one cup per day, and freeze the rest.
- Limit Alcohol
Exceeding the recommended limit of alcohol will have a negative impact on your liver. According to CDC guidelines this means on average one drink per day for women and two drinks for men.
Looking after your liver will reduce the risk of aging skin problems listed earlier. In addition, reduce stress in your life wherever possible and try to get more sleep. Anything that upsets your nervous or digestive system will negatively affect your skin’s ability for aging gracefully.