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The Importance of Cleansing Within

Gloria Gilbere, ND, PhD February 2007 issue of Skin Inc. magazine

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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.

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Internal Causes of Skin Problems

Autointoxication—The process by which the body literally poisons itself by maintaining a cesspool of decaying matter in the large intestine. When released, the toxins seep into the bloodstream and every cell is affected, including skin cells. Many skin disorders are caused by this condition, including—but not limited to—acne, rosacea, psoriasis, hives, eczema, multiple allergies and premature aging.

A congested liver—This contributes to the buildup of toxins that no longer can be neutralized. The liver, the largest organ inside the body, is designed to be the processing plant for neutralizing toxic substances—once it is overburdened from the colon “dumping” substances quicker than it can neutralize them, disease, disorders, skin conditions and premature aging set in. The liver, the organ that purifies the bloodstream, is affected directly by the health of the large intestine and is capable of regenerating.

Compromised kidney function—The kidneys, or “master chemists,” play a vital role in ridding the body of toxins, as do the liver and colon—the kidneys filter potentially dangerous impurities out of the blood and discard them daily through the bladder in the form of urine. The kidneys also help to maintain normal chemistry levels of cells and a health-enhancing acid/alkaline balance, and to assist in the production of red blood cells, supporting skin health and beauty that are developed and maintained on a cellular level.

Parasites—These contribute to the overload of toxins in your body and weaken immune functions. Parasites thrive in the intestinal tract where they become obese when fed their favorite diet of sugars, processed and junk foods, excessive carbohydrates, and candida yeast. Parasites overload the system with their waste, which then is reabsorbed into the bloodstream. Scientists have identified more than 300 types of parasites thriving in the American population—it’s not just a problem in underdeveloped nations. Some of the skin conditions resulting from parasitic infestation include psoriasis, blistering, recurring rashes and allergic-type blotching.

Yeast overgrowth (Candida albicans)—This is a single-cell microorganism that develops feeding tubes called hyphae that grow directly into the intestinal walls, causing them to become porous. The thinning of the intestinal walls allows toxins, undigested proteins and carbohydrates to flow through the bowel wall—absorbing into the body and blood. This condition clinically is known as “intestinal permeability” and commonly is referred to as “leaky gut syndrome.”

Skin manifestations of yeast overgrowth include hives, eczema, psoriasis, profuse sweating without physical exertion, acne, nail fungus, skin blotching and discoloration, and redness on the face, neck and ears that is rough but not itchy or raised.

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