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The Importance of Cleansing Within

By: Gloria Gilbere, ND, PhD
Posted: June 6, 2008, from the February 2007 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

Holistic and natural health practitioners look at the skin as mirroring a myriad of health problems—a reflection of internal health connected to specific toxic overload within the body. Developing an understanding of toxic overload, resulting skin problems and the importance of cleansing within will help you guide your clients to achieving healthier, more beautiful skin, as well as a renewed overall sense of well-being.

Toxic overload defined

Every moment, individuals are exposed to thousands of toxic chemicals in air, water, food, household and laundry products, personal care products, plastics, dry-cleaned clothing, wrinkle- and stain-resistant treated fabrics, synthetic fragrances, food preservatives, additives, flavor enhancers, and medications. They ingest, inhale and absorb these toxins—each one a foreign, unnatural substance that either is metabolized by their organs or stored within the body. Researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analyzed samples of blood and urine from 2,500 men, women and children, and identified dozens of man-made chemicals that were being stored within their bodies—many within the soft and connective tissues.1,2

The body continuously is on autopilot, cleansing and rejuvenating itself without conscious effort. This entire biomechanical process is activated automatically while humans still are in the womb and continues 24–7 from that point on. Unfortunately, because the detoxification processes are invisible, most individuals go about the process of daily living without giving any thought to the accumulated toxins stored within their bodies. When toxins constantly are dumped into the organs of detoxification faster than the organs’ ability to neutralize and cleanse the body effectively, this constant buildup literally prevents the life force from manifesting health, beauty, energy and stamina.

When we add other lifestyle factors, such as dehydration, lack of exercise, excess caffeine, stress, anxiety, lack of dietary fiber, constipation, and insufficient consumption of fresh vegetables and fresh live foods, the body becomes malnourished and toxic, with skin disorders being the end result.

The skin is the body’s largest organ of detoxification. It works to support the body by excreting toxins that are linked to skin disorders—from serious skin problems and acne to signs of premature aging and wrinkles. The skin reflects not just the health of the inner body, but the level of toxic overload as well. (See Internal Causes of Skin Problems.)

Facilitating rejuvenation