Could Your Beauty Regime Be Harming Your Liver?

By Louise Belle BHSc Nut Med

As the saying goes “beauty is pain”. Picture this morning routine- get in the shower and lather your body with soap and wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner. Put on deodorant, moisturise your body and brush your teeth. Put on primer, foundation, blush, eyeliner, mascara and lipstick. Spray yourself with perfume. Perhaps you paint your nails, or apply hairspray. This routine is performed on a regular basis by many women (and men), without a second thought. Throw a hair dye, spray tan and teeth whitening into the mix and you have yourself a full body chemical warzone, attacking your liver from all angles. Have you ever stopped to think about the thousands of chemicals in these products? Have you ever wondered how these chemicals could be affecting your health?

These products are commonly filled with harsh toxins and chemicals such as parabens, diethanolamine (DEA), talc, polyethylene glycols (PEGs), petroleum, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), aluminium and phthalates. Your skin is the largest organ and every single product you apply to it is directly absorbed into the blood stream. Every chemical within each and every product, entering your body and wreaking havoc. Your liver is already under immense pressure, having to process hormones, nutrients, fat, medication, alcohol, filtering out toxins from the environment, modulating the immune system and supporting digestion. If all of this seems like a lot for one organ, throw in these ‘beauty’ chemicals your liver has its work cut out for it!

The chemicals used in these products may cause endocrine disruption by mimicking hormones and causing hormonal imbalance. Some of the chemicals are carcinogenic, have been linked to infertility, associated with liver and kidney conditions, migraines, respiratory issues, dermatitis and mood disorders. After years of using these products on your skin, it is likely that your body has stored toxins and heavy metals deep down in your tissues. These linger and can cause continuous damage to the cells of your body. Embarking on a high-quality cleanse or detox program will support your liver and gut to function more efficiently, to remove the stored toxins and to reduce inflammation and acidity in the body.

The Dr Cabot 15 Day Cleanse

Dr Sandra Cabot is a successful medical doctor, pilot and author, best known for her award-winning book, The Liver Cleansing Diet. She is passionate about the power of Nutritional Medicine and has treated over 30,000 patients using diet and nutritional and herbal formulas to improve their overall health. Dr Cabot consolidated her years of experience and research into a program that would really make a difference – The Dr Cabot 15 Day Cleanse. It is a triple strategy program that targets the 3 main pillars of health- the liver, the gut and the immune system. The Cleanse program includes three therapeutic powders alongside a wholesome meal plan that will help you achieve maximum cleansing. For added convenience, there is the option of getting a ready-made cleansing program delivered to selected locations.

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