According to the July 2010 issue of Skin Inc magazine, toxic substances enter the body every day by way of air, food, water, medications and even the bi-products of normal cell metabolism in the body. If your liver does not detoxify all these foreign and bad elements out of the blood stream, these toxic elements can build up and cause damage to many organs and the immune system. One of the consequences is that an individual will end up feeling tired, old and worn-out.
Enzyme systems exist in the liver that specialize in breaking down these toxins into less harmful substances and eventually they are excreted from the body. Your liver is the ‘detox central’ in the body. A healthy liver is essential for detoxification but it is also important to have a healthy functioning of the kidneys and intestines/colon.
Detoxification of the skin is a marketing hyped concept that some skin care companies try and promote as being effective – it is best to view those claims as marketing BS.
There are some very powerful ingestible ingredients that support the health of these organs and promote detoxification like medicinal mushrooms (reishi, maitake and shiitake), as well as milk thistle, green and white tea, and mangosteen. By keeping your liver working at optimum efficiency, you can help slow down the aging process.
Always check with your physician before adding new herbs or supplements to your diet. The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions.