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Milk Thistle  


Milk thistle has been used medicinally for more than 2,000 years, mostly as a treatment of liver and gallbladder disorders. A flavonoid complex called silymarin can be extracted from the seeds of milk thistle and is believed to be the biologically active component. The terms "milk thistle" and "silymarin" are often used interchangeably.

A healthy liver works to remove the toxins brought into your body from your environment, food additives, smoking, drugs, both pharmaceutical and otherwise. A healthy liver promotes a healthy body and clear skin. It also helps the body to actually utilize nutrition that would otherwise be lost in the biological process of elimination. This is the best herb for liver support, especially in the compromised cases of cancer, cirrhosis, hepatitis and gall bladder disease.

 Beside benefits for liver disease, treatment claims include:
  • Lowering cholesterol levels
  • Reducing insulin resistance in people with type 2 diabetes who also have cirrhosis
  • Reducing the growth of cancer cells in breast, cervical, and prostate cancers.
  • Milk thistle is also used in many products claiming to reduce the effects of a hangover.




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Taking Care of Your Liver


The liver has in it the most important word possible in terms of health: Live. Without a liver, one simply can't live. There is no way to compensate for the absence of liver function long term. The liver is the most rejuvenating organ in the body, which is why it's imperative to treat it with care and attention.


The liver is the largest glandular organ in the body, and about a quarter of our body's blood flows through it every minute. Imagine it as the body's washing machine. Oxygen-rich blood is delivered directly from the heart, and nutrient-rich blood travels nonstop from the intestines. Liver cells handle more tasks than any other cells in the body. 


The liver metabolizes food, turning it into fuel (glucose), which is stored as a reserve. The liver also transforms vitamins and minerals into forms the body can use, stores reserves of numerous nutrients, and breaks down various substances into waste products, which the body then excretes.


Toxic substances, such as alcohol, prescription and nonprescription medications (which some people cannot properly metabolize for genetic reasons), and all kinds of other toxins end up in the liver where they are processed through our skin, and urine.


It's not surprising then that poor liver function can lead to a wide range of physical and mental health problems such as allergies, skin problems, and bad breath to bloating and chronic fatigue, food sensitivities, memory problems and migraines.


In naturopathic circles, there's a saying, "If you aren't sure what a patient needs, treat the liver."


A healthy diet with plenty of fiber that is low on fats and rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, along with a regular exercise routine, helps support this process.  



  • Take herbs such as milk thistle.  (See side bar.) 
  • Take vitamin C, which helps the body produce glutathione, a liver compound that drives away toxins.
  • Drink plenty of water (preferably PH balanced)
  • Eat fermented foods,
  • Add at least a teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar in a glass of water. 
  • Drink green tea.



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The 15th annual Sun Valley Wellness Festival will be held Thursday through Sunday, May 24-29 in Sun Valley. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, a best-selling author and renowned brain scientist. Her talk My Stroke of Insight, will be held 6 p.m. Friday, May 25 in the Limelight Room.   


On Saturday, May 26, from 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. Julie Johnson, owner, manager, and chef of  Ketchum's only health food store and cafe, NourishMe, will have a talk "Nourish Me: Hot To Eat at 6,000 feet on the 45th Parallel." For more information visit Wellness Festival. 


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NourishMe offers 10 percent off to Access Card holders, NourishMe card holders, and seniors also receive a "Wise" discount of 10% off.

Appropriately, since its Sun Valley Wellness Festival, May 26 is also Slow Food Day. Click here for more information on the very influential and important Slow Food movement. 

"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food Hippocrates
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