Jenny Crissman MS L. Ac.
Milk Thistle is the perfect supplement for SPRING Cleaning your Body!
We are well into Spring and I am hoping the essence of the season has been moving and motivating!
This is the time of transition from the the dark of Winter and the lull of inactivity to the season of Spring with longer days, more light and more movement!
Many patients ask about doing a cleanse this time of year. It is the most appropriate time to cleanse and can be extensive or as simple as adding some Milk Thistle to your daily regimen to help your liver with detoxification. Most of us are exposed to damaging substances on a daily basis, such as alcohol, medications, pesticides, and environmental toxins.
The milk thistle is a flowering plant and it contains a milky white sap hence the name.
The cleansing effect comes from a part of the seed. It is a flavanoid called silymarin. This flavanoid encourages the liver to detoxify itself.
Ideally you want to choose a supplement standardized to contain 70% to 80% silymarin, the active ingredient.
Milk thistle has been used for over 2,000 years as a treatment to promote liver health.
Milk thistle is a safe option for people who suffer from liver-related ailments and for those who use alcohol or medications. However, it is important to understand the it can speed the clearance of certain pharmaceuticals. So it is important to take it at least 2 hours apart from any prescription medication.
The following list are few of the staple products I use for liver cleansing in my practice.
I am suggesting this as a Spring clean, but certainly useful any time of the year. Good for skin, hormone balance, detox and digestive functioning!