Detoxification and your skin
Learn to help your body glow from the inside out. Nourish it with
foods that are pure and natural. Remove harmful substances from your
diet and you will notice a difference in the way you look and feel.
What is detoxification?
Detoxification is the process of removing toxins or poisons. We all
know that toxins are harmful and cause damage, potentially even death
if taken in certain levels. Living cells, whether in plants or in the
body, are constantly in the process of bringing nutrients and fresh
substrates in while eliminating by-products and waste that is not
useful to the organism. Therefore, detoxification is a natural, ongoing
process in our bodies.
Keeping your body healthy requires maintaining all of its systems in
good working order. Minimizing the amount of toxins you take into your
system is one way that we can detoxify our bodies. Benefits of
detoxification may include increased energy and improved health, better
breath, reduced allergies, and potentially fewer aches and pains.
Wastes leave the body in the form of gases, solids, and liquids.
Carbon dioxide is the gas that we exhale. We excrete other waste from
the body after it accumulates in the bladder and in the bowels.
Other organs that play a major role in detoxification include the:
Blood also plays a critical role in the detoxification process. It
carries dissolved gases like carbon dioxide to the lungs, and then it
is traded for oxygen through respiration. Both the liver and kidneys
help to detoxify the blood by removing wastes and sending them to the
urine. In the form of stool, unused solids are carried away.
Benefits for your skin via detoxification
Your skin is a barrier but it is not impermeable. Just as products
that you use on your skin are able to enter your body through this
physical barrier, toxins are also able to leave your body through the
skin. Free radicals and UV light in the environment also damage the
skin which over time cause it to show signs of premature aging.
How can detoxification help your skin? By minimizing the number of
chemicals in your body, you help you body to function more efficiently.
Eating well is one way to maintain healthy skin with a smooth texture,
elasticity, and a proper level of moisturization. Skin complexions
troubled by acne and imperfections can also benefit from the inside out
with detoxification methods. For example, vitamin A reduces the amount
of sebum produced by the skin cells and therefore pores are less likely
to become blocked.
Ways to detoxify your body
Some of the best ways to detoxify include:
- eating a balanced diet
- juicing organic fruits and vegetables
- exercising regularly
- using organic products for personal hygiene
Before trying any detox method always be sure to check with your
doctor. People with serious medical conditions should also consult a
doctor as these methods are not recommended. Pregnant women should not
try these methods.
Eating a balanced diet
Nutrients in foods contain many elements that can help your body and
especially your skin to remain in good condition. When your body is
'happy' and 'efficient', through detoxification, it will show on the
Your skin needs:
- essential fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6) found in oily fish and flax seeds
- antioxidants vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene to retaliate against the damaging effects of UV light and free-radicals
- minerals zinc and selenium to build tissues and heal wounds. Find
these minerals in foods like seafood, nuts, grains, and vegetables
- vitamin B6 to balance hormone levels, particularly for women that have pre-menstrual break-outs
- vitamin A to help reduce sebum levels on the skin
- potassium to help maintain elasticity, water to maintain hydration and flush toxins from the body
- water to maintain hydration and flush toxins from the body
Juicing organic fruits and vegetables
Have you ever tried freshly squeezed juice? It is delicious and
nutritious. You get a truckload of vitamins, enzymes, and minerals. The
enzymes contained in vegetables and fruits help to digest your food so
try drinking these natural cocktails with meals.
One important thing to remember is that you should always start with
organic fruits or vegetables. Because most fruits and vegetables are
sprayed with pesticides, using non-organic products means that you will
be ingesting harmful pesticides too. Keep these toxic chemicals away
from your cells in order to maintain their proper functioning.
Oxygen is vital to life. Incorporating exercise into your lifestyle
brings this element into your body and skin. Studies at the University
of Wisconsin have shown that oxygen reduces the effects of free radical
damage and premature aging.
Sweating encourages the release of toxins from the skin. Working up
a good sweat during your exercise program will help in the
detoxification process. You could also try saunas and steambaths to
encourage the excretion of toxins.
If you are not currently exercising choose something that you enjoy
doing. Walking is a great way to increase your heart rate and pump
oxygen through your lungs. Other ideas include yoga, swimming, cycling,
and running. Whatever you do, choose an activity that you will be
motivated to do on a regular basis.
Shedding skin cells is a continual process. Dead skin cells sit on
the uppermost level of the epidermis and they make the skin look dull
and less healthy. Our clothes play a big part in helping to remove
cells on a daily basis. By sloughing off dead skin cells from time to
time, you can stimulate the skin renewal process. Try any of the
following methods once a week to naturally exfoliate your skin:
- briskly towel off after a shower
- use an organic scrub during your shower
- use a washcloth during your shower
- use a loofah (Important: keep it dry when it's not in use to minimize bacterial count)
Using organic products for personal hygiene
Decreasing the number of synthetic chemicals entering your body
through your food and personal products is yet another way to help
detoxify. Modern research at the Herb Research Foundation found that
the skin absorbs up to 60% of the chemicals in products that it comes
into contact with directly into the bloodstream. This means that
chemicals, some of which are known carcinogens, are entering your body
and potentially causing unnecessary harm.
The next time you need to stock up on personal hygiene products,
look for alternatives to the chemically items offered in most stores.
Using organic products decreases the number of preservatives and
chemical additives your skin comes into contact with and therefore,
that may enter your body.