How Milk Thistle Can Help Your Spring Cleanse

Currently I, and my group of yearly spring cleansers are entering our second week of “detoxing”.

The benefits of our cleanse are already observed with some weight loss, some clarity, less headaches. I’m quite proud of one of our members who has cut her large dunk’in coffee down to a tiny cup.

There are so many ways to cleanse your body of the toxins that are ubiquitous in our world. Silybum Marianum  commonly known as milk thistle is one herb you will usually find it in any cleanse product that you purchase.

Milk Thistle has been utilized for multiple ailments but the one it is best known for is to help the liver detoxify. It has antioxidant, antiviral and anti-inflammatory components.

I have prescribed it frequently and have seen it, along with other measures, improve liver function tests.

It is considered safe with minimal side effects. It can actually lower blood sugar, so if you have diabetes or hypoglycemia you want to make sure you are aware of this possibility. If you have a ragweed allergy you may also react to Milk Thistle.

Milk thistle also has positive estrogenic effects, and may act like a phytoestrogen which means that it can hop onto the estrogen receptor sites it may help decrease your chances of breast cancer and also may help maintain healthy bones. However, you may read about warnings not to ingest if you have or are at risk for breast cancer. The jury appears to be out about whether or not Milk Thistle helps or hurts someone with hormone-sensitive cancers. Always discuss with your healthcare practitioner before starting any supplement if you do have a medical condition.

Interested in joining our next Spring Cleanse Group? Give us a call at 203-254-2633. We plan to start on Saturday the 27th at 2pm with a follow-up on May 4th and May 11th.

XO,

Dr. Cindy

ND, RN & Midwife