What Your Skin is Trying to Tell You

With our skin being our largest organ, and an external one at that, it can provide valuable insight as to how we’re doing health-wise on the inside.

Check out the following skin conditions and see what your skin is trying to tell you:

1. Sun Spots
Sunspots are inevitable and a reflection of your lifetimes worth of accumulated sun damage. Unlike freckles, which can be hereditary, sunspots are darker and larger.

If you find you have an excess of sunspots, it’s your skin telling you it’s high time to start or be more diligent with an SPF routine. This is especially important if you find sudden changes in your skin such as enlarged moles or raised lesions.

To help lessen and prevent sunspots, find a broad- spectrum SPF that works for your skin type. You can opt to choose one for daily everyday use and a more water-resistant one if you plan on being outdoors for a prolonged period of time. For existing sunspots, while most are permanent, you can lessen over-pigmentation and brighten up and restore sun-damaged skin with a quality vitamin C skin care product which is especially known to brighten your complexion.

2. Dark Circles
They say that eyes are the windows to the soul. For whatever truth that holds, it’s a fact that the undereye area is a window to our health status. Before you pile on the concealer to restore a youthful and refreshed look, look into why you have dark undereye circles to begin with.

Although dark circles can be genetic, if you find yourself developing dark cycles, this can be for a variety of reasons such as smoking, lack of sleep, chronic dehydration, and even a nutrient deficiency. The skin on our undereye area is much thinner and more delicate than the rest of our body and has the potential to more easily show anything lacking in your body. If you find yourself with dark undereye circles when you normally don’t, it’s time to clean up your lifestyle starting with upping your nutrition intake with balanced meals (we’d recommend a multivitamin as a compliment), increasing hydration and getting some quality shut eye.

3. Red and blotchy skin
Your skin can turn red as a response to feeling embarrassment or physical exertion as blood flow naturally increases. If you find yourself always having blotchy skin though, it could be a sign of inflammation from irritation. Check your diet to see if any potential allergens are present in foods you may have overlooked, especially packaged goods. If you’re unaware of any allergens, incorporate more mindful eating and see if you experience any common yet mild allergic reactions to certain ingredients such as brain fog and bloating.

Whereas skin care is concerned, try switching to a gentler cleanser that doesn’t strip your skins natural moisture barrier. This tends to happen as the seasons get colder and drier, where oily skin types can too experience red skin by using cleansers from the summer that may be too harsh for colder months.

4. Dark Patches
Darker patches on your skin is likely to be a skin condition called melasma. The usual cause would be a surge in hormones, which is why pregnant women are known to experience this.

Dark patches don’t indicate any medical issues and it’s best to embrace it along with other bodily changes that are inevitable with pregnancy. If you find melasma bothersome, you can lessen the darkening by avoiding excessive sunlight (but daily exposure is still recommended for Vitamin D) and investing in a quality concealer to even out your complexion.

5. Acne Around the Jawline
For women, acne around the jawline, particularly large zit-like pimples are a common indicator of an imbalance in reproductive hormones, typically from a condition called Polycystic Ovarian syndrome, PCOS. Among the many symptoms that manifest from PCOS, pimples around the jawline are one of them.

To help manage this symptom and to clear up your skin, try incorporating adaptogens like Ashwagandha into a clean whole foods diet to help lower inflammation in your body and balance out hormones.

6. Dull and Sallow Skin
Chronically dull and sallow skin is your body’s way of saying your health needs to make a lifestyle change. Dull skin is usually caused by a buildup of toxins both internally and externally. Try cleaning up your diet to help your skin and body in general detoxify from complexion-dulling toxins. If your diet is fairly clean, your liver may be bogged down from toxin buildup and can’t detoxify properly. Try incorporating a Liver Care supplement to give your liver a boost and see if that helps brighten up your complexion on top of eating plenty of clean whole foods and drinking adequate amounts of water.

Bright and healthy skin is a sign of good nutrition. Take care of the largest organ in your body with the nutrients it needs to keep it looking its best. Pair our Liver Care and Multivitamin supplements to detoxify and nourish your skin and compliment it with our skin brightening Vitamin C Serum for an overall healthy glow.

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Clean Up Common Household Products: 4 Toxins You Don’t Want in Your Home

Your diet is a varied whole foods diet consisting mostly of vegetables, you opt for organic wherever you can, you supplement religiously, get your body moving regularly, and your skin care is all-natural and on point. What left is there to do when it comes to your clean living lifestyle? A lot actually.

Clean lifestyles are all about feeling our best and healthiest as we aim to promote longevity. A major approach to achieving this is by limiting our toxin exposure. One thing to consider is our exposure to the toxins we have in our home. Those living a clean lifestyle are conscious about what they put on and in their bodies, so it makes sense and should naturally follow to be conscious of what we surround our body with. While it’s impossible to have full control of our surroundings, you can, to a degree, have a say in this by limiting your exposure to toxins in your home.

Here are some common toxins found in your home:

1. Benzene


Benzene, a known human carcinogen is found in many household products such as adhesives used for minor home repair work, degreasers, a variety of solvents and lacquer and paint. It is the fumes that we should be concerned about as benzene most commonly enters our body through inhalation.

Alternatives
Thanks to all the proven negative effects Benzene has on the human body, there are many benzene-free alternatives to most household items. Opt for benzene-free paint and adhesives to lessen your homes toxicity.

2. Formaldehyde


Formaldehyde is a preservative used commonly in commercial products. Read the label for its other names such as DMDM hydantoin, urea, 5-Bromo-5-nitro-1,3-dioxane etc. Formaldehyde is used to preserve products to prevent any bacterial growth and to prolong its shelf life. Unfortunately, formaldehyde is linked to causing cancer, especially when exposed to high amounts. With that said, formaldehyde can be found all over the household ranging from personal care products such as shampoo and hand washes, cleaning products such as air-freshener, and home maintenance products such as paint and glue.

Alternatives
You can lessen your exposure to formaldehyde simply by keeping proper ventilation in your home as formaldehyde fumes quickly breakdown when exposed to air. Choose formaldehyde-free products which you can easily find when opting for all-natural and ‘green’ products.

3. Glyphosate


Glyphosate is an herbicide which is widely used everywhere especially for mass produced agricultural products such as cotton. That means anything from your earbuds, to tampons to t-shirts all potentially are adding toxicity through your home by the likely presence of Glyphosate. Why this is concerning is because Glyphosate was recently confirmed to be a carcinogen. Apart from potential exposure to this herbicide from your cotton products, glyphosate is sold as an herbicide as well so if you do any maintenance for your garden, front lawn, or backyard, you may want to take a look at the kind of chemicals you’re using to keep your plants bug and weed-free.

Alternatives
Fortunately, where your green thumb is concerned, there are many all-natural and even DIY alternatives to keeping unwanted pests and weeds off your precious plants. Ingredients such as vinegar, lemons, crushed peppers and essential oils like clove and citrus oils all can effectively do the same job as Glyphosate, without adding any toxicity to your home. Where cotton products are concerned, do your best to choose products made with organic cotton as this will lessen your skin contact with toxins and is also better for the environment in the long run.

4. Lead


Lead has long been busted as a dangerous chemical. As a neurotoxin and an endocrine disruptor, exposure to this chemical should be eliminated as best as we can. Unfortunately, lead can be found in our homes, especially with older products. Used in many other things other than your lipstick, you can find lead in paint, stained glass windows, varnishes and protective coatings on various surfaces and appliances.

Alternatives
Although many manufacturers still use lead to create products, you can start by choosing lead-free products such as lead-free paints and adhesives. If lead is already in your home such as the paint on your walls, you can call a professional paint stripper to remove the paint and to cover it with lead-free paint instead.

How can I protect my body from toxins in my home?

There’s a long list of chemicals that can be found in our home, and regardless if it has been scientifically proven to be toxic or not to our body or if there isn’t enough information yet on a given household chemical, it’s always best to err on the side of caution where your body’s overall toxic load is concerned. We get enough exposure to toxins on a daily basis from the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the things we touch. While this is a normal part of modern life and a healthy body can effectively filter out and protect from the negative effects of these toxins, it’s still important to consider the cumulative effect of all the toxins that surround us and to eliminate them when and where we can.

Keep your body on toxin-eliminating mode through a healthy functioning liver, our ultimate detox organ. Try our Liver Care supplement, which is specifically made with liver supporting ingredients to help rid your body of toxins that you can accumulate on a daily basis.

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What Exactly Does Your Liver Do?

The human body’s very own non-stop workhorse, this vital organ is responsible for over 500 bodily functions that keep you healthy.

To help give you better insight on why this vital organ is such a powerful multi-tasker, here’s exactly what the liver does for your body:

1. Detoxifies


We hear all these trendy ways we can improve our health through detoxification ranging from 5-day juice cleanses, eating detoxifying raw plant-based meals, drinking exotic teas, and sweating it out in a heat suit or sauna. While these practices have good intentions for our bodies well-being, the truth is, our liver, when kept in good health, detoxify our bodies adequately on a daily basis without the need to do any extreme detoxification practices.

Pollution, pesticides, alcohol and other external toxins that make their way into our body get filtered and broken down by our liver, ensuring that the body isn’t exposed to toxins for prolonged periods of time. Alongside that, the liver manages to purify our blood, separating toxins and by products from nutrients, allowing our body to excrete and absorb what it needs accordingly.

2. Stores vitamins and minerals:


The liver keeps vitamins and minerals stored away and secretes it into our body as needed. Vitamins such as A, B12 D, E, K and minerals such as iron can be stored up to a year’s worth, all acting as nutritional insurance in case we need it.

This is especially beneficial for those with a poor diet or are undergoing a particularly stressful period when our bodies tend to lose nutrients.

3. Turns food into energy and manages metabolism


The liver acts as a storage for fuel, which in turn gets converted into energy for our body to use. Ranging from fats, carbs etc. our liver works hard to metabolize these macronutrients and convert them into energy for our body.

Unfortunately, the effects of too much processed foods can bog down our liver and give it more fuel to store as energy than it can metabolize. A healthy functioning liver will simply break down fat if there is no use to convert it into energy. This is where our weight is influenced and where fat storage begins.

4. Immunity


The liver is part of our immune system. As a detoxifying organ, it works with our immune system to find, capture and remove harmful viruses and bacteria that enter our body. The liver also helps to regulate inflammation in our body, which is the root of many diseases. The liver also stores white blood cells, which are the cells responsible for destroying harmful invaders in the body.

5. Hormone regulation


The liver is responsible for the secretion and regulation of various hormones which greatly influence our body. Hormones such as blood-sugar regulating insulin work closely with the liver for proper sugar metabolism and excretion, while sex hormones estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone and stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol are regulated in the liver so that our bodies have adequate amounts.

As you can see, the liver is essential to our wellbeing. An unhealthy liver cascades into various diseases and ailments which affect us physically, mentally, and emotionally. People with fast-paced lifestyles that involve a lot of stress, exposure to pollution, and eating a lot of fast-food should especially be mindful on the state of their liver health.

Watch out for the following common signs of an unhealthy liver to know if you need to consult with a doctor and do a healthier lifestyle change:

  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Dull skin and thinning hair
  • Brain fog
  • Dark urine
  • Loss of appetite or insatiable appetite
  • Frequent illness
  • Skin issues such as acne, dryness, and blemishes
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Bloating
  • Allergies
  • Difficulty sleeping

Fortunately, the liver is a highly resilient and regenerative organ. Simple lifestyle tweaks such as adequate hydration and consuming a majority of whole foods can already make a drastic change in your liver’s health.

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Signs Your Liver Needs a Detox

Working tirelessly and sending all the necessary signals to your stomach, pancreas and gallbladder, your liver is a busy organ, hard at work converting nutrients, ensuring your blood sugar levels are stable, filters and purifies toxins, and a whole host of metabolic functions to keep you in good health.

Give you liver some love and check in if your lifestyle is overloading your liver. A liver bogged down with toxins cascades into negative side effects throughout your whole body ranging from a dampened immune system, inflammation, and sluggishness all due to too much toxin exposure that your liver can’t filter out fast enough.

Check for the following signs that you’ve been putting it too hard at work and how to support its healthy functioning, which is vital for your overall good health.

1. You regularly eat junk food


Junk food is full of sodium, trans fats, and sugar, all of which the liver works extra hard to metabolize and filter out of our body. If you eat junk food frequently, know that these types of foods damage your liver, thus a detox is, without question, in order, as well as cutting back or eliminating junk food from your diet.

2. You feel sluggish


The liver is responsible for over 500 metabolic functions in our body, all of which link to our energy levels. Persistent fatigue likely links back to a sluggish liver, which means a sluggish person.

3. You have digestive issues


If you experience diarrhea, constipation, chronic bloating and gas, it’s a sign that your liver isn’t functioning optimally. Seeing as your liver and gut functions are interconnected, digestive issues are a surefire indication that you need to clear out your liver in order for your gut to properly clear out itself.

4. You have problem skin


The condition of your skin reflects what’s going on inside your body. Inflammation on your skin such as acne, dermatitis, and eczema, especially when exacerbated seemingly out of nowhere are a good indication that there’s inflammation in your liver all well due to an excess of toxins. With the skin being a detox organ itself through sweat, the toxins in your body get excreted in the form of acne and other skin issues.

5. You crave sugar


Experiencing irresistible cravings for sugar is an indication that your hunger hormone, leptin, and insulin could seriously be off balance. If a large part of your diet consists of refined sugars and grains, this could be hampering your liver from processing it efficiently, putting your body in a constant and insatiable sugar-craving ride.

6. You have brain fog


Brain fog is when you have the inability or hard time focusing, remembering, and even just thinking clearly. This is largely caused when your liver has too many toxins to filter out of your system, causing inflammation that damages your blood-brain barrier.

7. You feel sad and/or anxious


Chronic inflammation doesn’t only negatively affect you physically, but emotionally too. Inflammation has a strong correlation to depression and anxiety. This is because the inflammation affects your brain and nervous tissue, promoting and even causing feelings of anxiety and depression.

8. You experience hormone imbalances


If you struggle with painful or irregular periods, have adrenal fatigue, and a dampened libido, these hormonal imbalances are most likely caused by, or closely interlinked to an overloaded liver.

9. You have stubborn weight that’s hard to get rid off


The liver is crucial for the breaking down of fat and sugars, but it can’t do this properly if its overloaded with toxins. If you’re having a hard time losing weight regardless of dieting and exercising, you may need to detox your liver to kickstart weight loss.

10. You have frequent allergies


Allergies are caused by an overactive immune response to certain substances. Frequent allergies are an indication of poor liver function by showing that the liver isn’t fully cleaning the blood from toxins. It’s these toxins which cause such an overly aggressive response to allergens.

If you experience any or all of these issues, a detoxification program targeted towards your liver would be highly beneficial. Fortunately, the liver is a highly regenerative organ and should respond well to conscious clean-eating choices.

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Healthy habits (and habits to break) for a happy liver

Your liver is a busy organ. As our body’s main player for detoxifying blood, metabolizing nutrients, and acting as an overall filter for toxins and waste products, this vital organ is an undeniable workhorse, working hard to keep your blood clean, skin clear, eyes bright, energy up, moods happy, and a whole host of other functions.

Regardless of its constant exposure to essentially everything your body absorbs, the liver is highly resilient and regenerative. The liver, of course, isn’t invincible, and like anything that’s put to constant use, your liver would benefit from some proactive care to keep it functioning optimally and in turn, keep your body healthy.

This is particularly important amidst our modern lifestyle where dietary and environmental toxins can be found everywhere. Modern stressors from pollution, chemicals in skin care, artificial ingredients and pesticides in food can all cause a dangerous buildup of toxic substances in our body that our liver has to work on detoxifying overtime to keep us from feeling tired and sick.

Check in with yourself to see how you feel and assess if your liver could use a detox.

Signs your liver needs a detox:

  • You often feel sluggish and ‘foggy’
  • Moodiness
  • Stubborn excess weight that’s difficult to lose
  • Your body odor is stronger or smells bad
  • Dull skin
  • Dull hair
  • Frequent headaches
  • Poor bowel movements and/or constipation
  • Sugar cravings
  • You frequently eat junk food
  • Pain around the liver area

To keep your livers detoxification function running smoothly and to prevent your liver from getting bogged down by too many toxins which in turn stay longer in our systems, ditch liver-harming habits and incorporate the following healthy habits to keep your liver happy.

1. Lose weight


If you’re overweight, work on losing the extra pounds for the sake of your liver’s health. Toxins such as pesticides and plastic are stored in fat tissue, putting your body in constant exposure to toxins.

Pair a balanced wholefoods diet and ditch or minimize chemical-laden processed foods. With just regular exercise and a healthy diet, weight loss should follow, removing the excess fat and toxins and putting less stress on your liver.

2. Cut down on sugar


Sugar is surprisingly very damaging to your liver. Excessive amounts of sugar increase your chances of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) which leads to other dietary lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and high cholesterol.

3. Mind your medication


Over the counter medications such as pain killers are extremely taxing on the liver. Only take them as needed at the prescribed dose and never pair them with alcohol. To spare your liver from unnecessary medication, educate yourself about natural treatments that can be effective and healthier for you in the long run. Ingredients such as turmeric can be an excellent alternative to pain management.

4. Care for your gut


Your liver and gut health are connected as they work in tandem to deliver your body the energy and nutrients it needs while clearing out any harmful toxins. Keep your liver healthy by looking at your gut health as it is a source of toxins that tax the liver.

If you have any food allergies (dairy, gluten, artificial ingredients), are taking antibiotics, and frequently eat junk food, know that these release toxins that inflame and tax the liver. Keep your gut healthy, your liver will thank you.

5. Incorporate ingredients that promote your livers health


Complement a healthy whole foods diet with ingredients that are especially beneficial for your liver’s health. Look for:

  • Milk Thistle to encourages liver regeneration and protection.
  • Dandelion to promotes liver detoxification.
  • Burdock Root to protect your liver from toxins and promote bile secretion.
  • Red Raspberry to help prevent NAFLD.
  • Chicory Root to stave off oxidative stress on your liver and prevent liver cell damage.
  • Yarrow to support overall healthy liver function.

With a clean diet and avoiding unnecessary dietary and environmental toxins, your liver should be able to do its many jobs well.

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