Do you know what the largest organ in your body is? The answer may surprise you; it’s your skin! And being an organ, skin helps to rid the body of toxins. The more poisonous material your body needs to get rid of, the more load there is on other systems, such as the liver, kidneys, bowel and the lymphatic system. So the body will call on the skin to help do the job.
The result? Dull lifeless looking skin ☹ If you experience skin conditions like acne, rashes or dry and itchy skin, this could mean your body is under a toxic burden.
Detoxing can make all the difference to the health of your body and your skin, since your skin is a barometer of your general health.
How do I know if my body is toxic?
Are you constantly feeling tired?
Toxic overload is one of the most common yet most overlooked causes of fatigue. Heavy metal toxicity in particular can drain our energy.
Maybe you’ve tried losing weight but those last stubborn pounds refuse to budge?
This could be because your body is storing fat-soluble toxins in the fat (adipose) tissues. It is a safe place to store toxic waste that it can’t dispose of in any other way. The body will not release fat if it is serving a useful purpose.
Perhaps you have unexplained aches and pains?
Being toxic may cause peripheral neuropathy, commonly known as nerve pain. This condition can not only cause a burning pain, but it may also be experienced as tingling or numbness. Muscle pain can be another symptom of excess toxicity as can muscle wastage and joint pain. Sometimes this can be mis-diagnosed as arthritis.
Are you constipated?
The bowel plays an important part in the detoxing process. Constipation is thus slowing the elimination of waste matter. from the bowel.
Do you suffer from skin toxicity symptoms such as rashes, hives, red or itchy skin?
We’ve referred to this above. Because our skin is being used as an elimination channel, poisonous substances pass through the skin’s pores causing a multitude of skin problems.
Although all of the above may be unrelated, they could well mean your body is struggling under a toxic load.
Help! How do I get rid of these excess toxins?
The first and easiest way is to drink more water. This helps to flush out toxins via the kidneys.
Indulge in a sauna – this flushes toxins out via sweating. Always shower after a sauna to wash the impurities from your skin.
Exercise more. Yes it can be a drag, but exercise gets the blood circulating and stimulates the lymphatic system.
Take a probiotic supplement with food to help digestion. Or you can eat more fermented foods such as sauerkraut, tempeh and yogurt.
Eat clean. Select foods that come from nature. Avoid processed and junk foods.
Take liver supporting supplements. For example milk thistle, dandelion root tea and parsley.
Practice deep breathing a few times a day. Not only does this relax you, it helps expel toxins via the lungs. Deep breathing is also said to alkalize the body.
Brush your teeth thoroughly and floss to prevent build-up and decay. Don’t forget to brush your tongue too! Tooth decay can release toxins into the blood stream.
Taking chlorella daily can help your body expel heavy metals and other poisonous chemicals.
And last but not least, only use natural skin care products to your skin. Skin can easily absorb chemicals in traditional skincare. Look for products that are free from parabens, sulphates, fragrances, and phthalates. We are surrounded by toxic chemicals in our modern world, most of which we can’t control. However we CAN choose what we put on our skin.