The Healthy Skin Show 007: How To Treat Your Chronic Skin Issues By Helping Your Liver w/ Dr. Alan Christianson

If you’ve got thyroid issues, weight to lose, or chronic skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis, an issue with your liver may be at the root of it all. Too often we fixate on other things when it’s really the liver that is driving many aspects of our health. My guest, Dr. Alan Christianson believes that understanding that the liver is an important organ and being aware of its functions and taking good care of it is crucial to healthy living.

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Dr. Christianson is a naturopathic endocrinologist who focuses on thyroid function, adrenal health, and metabolism. He’s been practicing medicine in Scottsdale since 1996 and is the founding physician behind Integrative Health. He’s also the New York Times bestselling author of Adrenal Reset Diet, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Thyroid Disease, and The Metabolism Reset Diet. You may even recognize Dr. Christianson from his many appearances on national media such as Dr. Oz, The Doctors, and The Today Show.

In this interview, Dr. Christianson and I sit down to talk about one of my favorite subjects, liver health. We discuss his findings in which Dr. Christianson has tied metabolism issues to liver function. We talk about how to best take care of your liver in order to prevent or repair more obvious manifestations of liver problems that show up on the skin.

Dr. Christianson also shares a preview of his new book which is aimed at helping people reset their metabolism by taking better care of their liver. It is all super empowering to realize that we are in control of our body’s functions and health if we stop long enough to understand it.

Do you struggle with your metabolism? How aware are you about the current health of your liver? What have you done to help care for your liver? Let me know in the comments below!


In this episode:

  • The surprising connection between the liver, metabolism, and chronic skin issues
  • How the liver manages blood sugar in ways many don’t realize
  • Rebalancing liver function to help maintain a healthy weight
  • First steps to take if you think a liver issue may be the underlying cause of a bigger problem
  • Why you should be aware of your liver’s fuel capacity
  • What to look for in your standard blood panel to see how your liver is doing



“Most waste that the liver processes, it tries to send out through bile, which we would poop out or other things we would pee out. But when that can’t work as well, a lot of those same wastes go out through the skin. That’s often one of the base components of much worse skin disease.” [2:04]

“Most people who have struggled with their weight or their liver functions in some way – their glucose after meals isn’t from their meal. 70-80% of it comes from their liver releasing it.” [4:13]

“When your liver is at fuel capacity, everything over that capacity is hard on it.” [13:32]

“The exciting thing is that in the course of just a few weeks you can completely shift your liver function, and get it from where it’s holding you on a tightrope where too much is weight gain and  too little is exhaustion, to where you have some leeway again.” [15:39]



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The Healthy Skin Show 007: How To Treat Your Chronic Skin Issues By Helping Your Liver w/ Dr. Alan Christianson

Jennifer Fugo, MS, CNS

Jennifer Fugo, MS, CNS is an integrative Clinical Nutritionist and the founder of Skinterrupt. She works with women who are fed up with chronic gut and skin rash issues discover the root causes and create a plan to get them back to a fuller, richer life.

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