With spring comes ephemeral plants (cute!), fresh greens for our bowls (bye long braises!), and…cleanse messaging. We are stoked on the arrival of spring, but we aren’t really down with all this diet-y detox chit chat. For one thing, detoxing isn’t something we have to do to our bodies. Few of us - dare we say, next to none of us - actually need the “Liver Flush” or “Detox Kit” because our bodies are detoxing all the time. Bodies detox. It’s part of the contract we have with our excretory system, of which our liver is a very important part. We eat, breathe, and absorb stuff through our skin. Everything from seasonal greens to Cheetos to clean air to lovingly made herbal oils to environmental pollutants, they all get processed by the liver.
The skin and the liver are part of the same system. They also happen to be the first and second-largest organs in the body, respectively. So when an imbalance shows up on the surface of your body, it’s a pretty safe bet you can trace its origin to inside your body. Right to your liver and also the kidneys. These organs work together to remove waste from the body.
When organs like the liver and kidneys get overloaded it’s usually because they’ve been working too hard for too long. One night of too much fun, even a month of too much fun is not necessarily cause to call in the detox dogs. From an herbal perspective, what’s accumulated over time must be dealt with over time. So what we've come up with is a long-term support plan for the health of your liver. The success of the plan shows up as clear, glowing, supple skin.
But first, you might be wondering, how do I know I need to show my liver some love? A good place to start is to start a practice of body literacy. And especially to look at your skin. Any sign of stagnation is a hint that your body needs some support to get things moving again. Skin eruptions, dry, dull, or damp complexion, and persistent rashes are signs something is stuck. But these blockages don’t need a forceful purge, they want gentle coaxing, attention, and encouragement.