Farm Boy Words of Wellness: Skintox
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November 27th, 2019

Words of Wellness: Skintox

We love to team up with our friendly neighbourhood dieticians and nutritionists to talk about wholesome food. Today, Tavi Tijoriwala, a Naturopath, joins us to talk about skin, and why she think good skin is connected to liver function.

The first thing that comes to mind for many of us when we think of skincare is face creams. Digging deeper into skin issues we read about several root causes such as hormonal health, diet, digestion and stress affecting the skin. However, one of the key things that is often missed when aiming for healthy skin is focusing on liver health. Yup, you heard it right! One of the best things to do for your skin is to detox the liver or as I like to call it – Skintox.

 Alcohol, pharmaceuticals, chemicals in skincare products and processed foods, all increase the toxic load on the liver. These are things we are exposed to everyday! This is why supporting our liver is so important.

 Loving the liver can start with some simple everyday steps, to flush out toxins and support overall health.

  1.     Start your day with lemon and warm water – Warm water is a great way to support our digestive fire. Increasing our water intake through the day can eliminate toxins from the body. Adding lemon to it, adds a good dose of vitamin C and antioxidants that can help support the liver and skin health.
  1.     Avoid toxic skincare products – Making the change from chemical-based products to natural ones has tremendously helped my skin. Many ingredients in chemical-based skincare products are toxic to the body and burden the liver, thus slowing down the detox process. Think of several cars merging from four lanes into one. If we reduce the number of cars, the traffic can clear out faster. Similarly, using natural products that are easier to “digest” by the liver can prevent it from getting burdened. When selecting skincare products these are ingredients you want to avoid:
  •     Parabens
  •     Artificial parfum or fragrances
  •     Pthalates
  •     PEG (Polyethylene Glycol)
  •     Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  •     Triclosan
  •     Oxybenzone


  1.     Eat more bitter foods – The liver has an affinity for bitter foods. Adding vegetables such as arugula, kale, dandelion leaves, celery and chicory to your meals gets you the nutrients needed to support phase 1 and phase 2 detoxification pathways in the liver. In general, eating organic foods and increasing fruits and vegetables intake can support your liver health.


  1.     Avoid processed foods – Processed foods such as sugar, salt, canned or packaged foods also increase the toxic burden on your liver. Since our liver is responsible for eliminating toxins, reducing our intake of processed foods can give the liver a break. Most of these foods affect the skin negatively and can cause breakouts, oily skin and white heads. Thus, avoiding processed foods acts like a one-two punch to support both the liver and the skin.image005
  2.  Exercise Breaking a sweat, helps eliminate toxins through the skin. This reduces the burden on the liver. Exercising is a way to get the blood pumping as well. Increasing circulation through the body increases toxin turnover and elimination.

Thanks, Dr. Tanvi! Starting out day with some fresh lemon water sounds like a great practice.

Dr. Tanvi Tijoriwala, ND is a naturopathic doctor practicing in Mississauga with a focus on treating skin conditions and headaches. Dr. Tanvi wears many hats in the health & wellness industry. Through her multiple roles as naturopath, educator, content curator and speaker; she aims to educate, heal and empower the community to have healthy skin and be pain free.

Images sent to us courtesy of Tanvi Tijoriwala. The views expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of Farm Boy. 


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