Side Effects of Body Cleansing

Side Effects of Body Cleansing

Cleansing is generally agreed upon to be a good thing in the natural health world. There are several types of cleanses. Internal cleanses usually consists of activities such as fasting, juicing, limiting your diet (only fruits and veggies) and specific organ cleansing (liver, intestines, gall bladder). External cleansing can be skin treatments like salt or sugar scrubs, salt baths or dry skin brushing.

However there can be side effects of body cleansing. We do regular cleanses and every time I experience some side effects. When I first started doing cleansing I used some natural products that help with the cleansing process and now I mostly do juice cleansing because that works well for me. The side effects from cleansing are more mild as you do it more often.

Our friend Cindy gave us some great feedback with this comment on our Facebook page.

I have been doing a lot of the cleanses you have posted about. You should let people know that if they break out in a skin rash after doing a cleanse, it is probably not any kind of allergic reaction, but an outlet for toxins. I have had an ear infection come out through my mouth after doing the coconut mouth cleanse, which I have continued daily. When first started the body brushing and using your scrubs, I got a rash on my back that lasted for about a week. I spoke with my doctor about it, and he believes that these rashes ARE caused from the detoxing and it’s the poison’s releasing through my skin. He told me to keep it up and let him know how it goes, he may start recommending some of your ideas to his patients. I just want to say thanks! Your website has really opened my eyes!

Comment paraphrased for length see the full comment here.

Post by Cynthia Freeman.

Cindy make some great points. These are some things everyone should know before they do a cleanse. Cleansing removes toxins from your body, this can happen in a number of ways. It can appear as a rash like it did with Cindy. I get headaches for the first day or two. The releasing of toxins is not usually a pleasant experience but the result is worth it. It’s like exercising; you get good results but it can be painful at first.

Here are some common side effects of body cleansing:

  • Skin rashes
  • Unusual perspiring
  • Sinus drainage
  • Headaches
  • Excessive ear wax
  • White tongue coating
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Loose stools

Everyone’s body is different. Some people experience no side effects of body cleansing and some experience many. The degree to how many side effects that you experience is usually based on how toxic your body is. If your lifestyle consists of generally unhealthy foods and little exercise then you will likely experience many of these symptoms. When you live a healthy lifestyle your body is cleansing itself on a more regular basis. When you exercise, you sweat which helps to cleanse toxins from your body.

Some side effects will be different depending on what type of cleanse you do. Cindy found that the coconut pulling cleanse pulled toxins from her sinuses and release through her mouth. Skin cleansing with salt scrubs showed up as rashes. Body cleansing results in headaches for me.

One of the best ways to minimize the effects of the toxic waste leaving your body is to drink plenty of water. Always keep a container of water nearby. You can set an alarm on your phone or computer to remind you to take a drink. I forget to drink water when I am working and this is the last thing you want to forget about while doing a cleanse. Adding cucumber, lemon or mint to your water makes drinking water more enjoyable and can help to replenish some nutrients easily. Other activities that help are walking, salt baths, saunas (be sure to drink more water) and mild exercise.

If you have never done a cleanse before it would be wise to consult your doctor before starting one.

We would love to hear your experiences with body cleansing. Please leave your comments below or join the conversation on Facebook.

The Power of Vitamin C

The Benefits of Vitamin C

This is a good video from Dr. Thomas E. Levy the author of Curing the Incurable. He discusses his interest in the benefits of Vitamin C and some of the ailments that may be treated simply with a high dosage of Vitamin C. He talks about how he was first introduced to it by a dentist who was using it for his patients and how they recovered much faster than usual.

iHealthTube.comCuring the Incurable with Vitamin C!

Vitamin C is great for overall health. Some of the benefits of Vitamin C are:

  • Protects cells and keeps them healthy
  • Helps wound healing
  • Allows out bodies to absorb more iron from plant sources
  • Powerful antioxidant
  • Maintains healthy skin, bones and blood vessels

There have been several studies about administering high doses of Vitamin C to cancer patients and the results are pretty interesting. Check out this DVD call Food Matters, it has some great information about vitamin C.

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Improve Your Health With A Dry Body Brush Detox

Dry Skin Brushing

Have you heard about it? Well you should consider trying it, dry skin brushing has detoxing health benefits for your body and your largest organ the skin. It’s not new it has been around for a long time.

Centuries ago originating with the Russians and Scandinavians dry brushing was used to help detoxify, exfoliate and stimulate the skin and lymphatic system. Dry skin brushing was first prescribed by a Finnish doctor Paavo Airola to help his patients with their circulation. It was also sited to be used by the Greek Olympic athletes and also in Japan before their traditional hot baths. It’s stimulating and brings a fresh and alive feeling to you and the skin you’re wrapped in.

How To Do Dry Skin Brushing

What you need: a natural fiber bristle body brush, one with long handle so you can reach hard places like your middle back area.

When to do it: Mornings seem to be a great time to dry brush because it is stimulating, wakes the circulatory system and gets your lymph flowing. I don’t suggest doing this before bed because of the stimulation. Everyone is different and some may find it very a comforting routine before bed especially if you bathe before you sleep. Depending on your skin health and type, starting once a week is a good protocol to follow at first and you can increase frequency if you feel and want more. Be aware of how it makes you feel, both during and after. Thinner skin types may stick to once a week, thicker skin may benefit with more often skin brushing even up to once a day.

How to do it: Dry bushing is easy and takes very little time. Start with dry skin and begin from the left sole of your foot and brush upwards using long and short strokes toward the heart. Then brush your right leg. Avoid your lady or man parts but do get in around them where we have lots of lymph nodes .

Use circular counter clockwise bush strokes in the abdomen area. Then brush your arms, starting at your finger tips working towards your body. Taking extra care and time in your arm pit areas. We have sweat glands, lymph nodes and hair follicles that may need a lighter touch but a few extra brushes to get the lymph flowing. Your neck and chest area can be done by brushing downwards and when on your neck and shoulders brush toward the heart. Spend a little extra time on your back also to get some circulation going on around that back bone!

A few things to remember:

  • Clean your skin brush once every couple weeks with soap and water (I use castile soap).  After rinsing, place your skin brush in a sunny window to dry and prevent mildew.  The sun will naturally kill any bacteria.  Be sure that everyone in the family has their own personal dry brush, for sanitary reasons.
  • Do not dry brush over skin rashes, sensitive areas, open wounds or cuts.  Let your body be your guide.  If it doesn’t feel right, don’t brush over that spot.
  • Apply as much pressure as you like while dry brushing.  Start out light as you get used to how the brush feels (it will be coarse and feel rough at first).  Condition your skin over time and increase the pressure you apply as you can stand it.

It will take about 30 days of routine dry brushing to begin noticing changes in your skin. For a full lymphatic cleanse and detox, it will take at least 3 months of daily dry brushing. Keep it up from there — the results are worth it!

We would love to know what you think about dry skin brushing in the comments below.

3 Springtime Home Remedies

Natural Home Remedies

Spring is in the air and after a long winter most of us need a little sprucing up. Here are three natural home remedies that can help get winters grip off of us and brighten us up like a spring flower!

Razor Burn

Olive oil,bees-wax and herbs:

You can make a mixture of olive oil, bees-wax and some calming herbs such as calendula, comfrey, lavender flowers and thyme. The combination of these elements contains healing agents that can sooth irritated skin along with leaving a thin-film of moisture that wont clog pores. Here is a simple recipe.

  • 8 oz olive oil
  • 1 Table spoon each of : calendula, comfrey, lavender flowers and thyme.
  • 2 ounces of bees-wax
  • Glass jar (preferably colored to protect it from light)
  • Popsicle Stick

Place the olive oil and herbs in a double boiler. Warm through till the oil takes on the herbs colors and the herbs are darkened. It may take as long as a half hour. Do not leave unattended!

Carefully pour through a strainer into a glass jar containing the bee’s wax. Stir until wax melts. Let cool. Store the jar away from light and never use your fingers to remove the salve. A great tool for getting it out is a Popsicle stick.

Calendula and comfrey are soothing herbs while lavender flowers and thyme are antiseptic.

Athlete’s Foot

Baking Soda Paste:

Apply a mixture of 1 tablespoon baking soda and lukewarm water making a paste like consistency. Rub on the site. Rinse and dry thoroughly. Dust with corn starch once completely dry. Adding this to your self-care list may really help if you’re suffering from this fungus.

Callused Feet

Aspirin and lemon juice:

Take about 6 aspirin crushed into a powder then mix in 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice and water. Once it is paste like apply to your calluses, put your whole foot into a plastic bag then wrap a warm towel around it. Relax for 10 minutes. Remove the towel and plastic bag, rinse and scrub your foot gently with a pumice stone. Your callused skin should flake away easily leaving you with soft, comfortable and happy feet.

If you are allergic to aspirin or have a sensitivity do not use this on your skin.

These home remedies are just that. They are not to take the place of any doctors directives.

We would love to hear about some of your favorite natural home remedies. Please leave your comments below and join the discussion on Facebook.

Happy Healthy Spring!

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What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic Acid

We all have hyaluronic acid in our bodies. It is found in the skin tissues and helps to lubricate our joints. Hyaluronic acid is responsible for making the skin elastic and resilient,  binds water to cells and can hold water up to 1000 times it’s weight.

This is what Wikipedia has to say about hyaluronic acid:

Hyaluronan (also called hyaluronic acid or hyaluronate or HA) is an anionic, nonsulfated glycosaminoglycan distributed widely throughout connective, epithelial, and neural tissues. It is unique among glycosaminoglycans in that it is nonsulfated, forms in the plasma membrane instead of the Golgi, and can be very large, with its molecular weight often reaching the millions. The average 70 kg (154 lbs) person has roughly 15 grams of hyaluronan in the body, one-third of which is turned over (degraded and synthesized) every day.


How is Hyaluronic Acid Used?

It is commonly used in the attempted treatments of osteoarthritis of the knee by injecting it into the joint, as a prescription skin lotion containing sodium hyaluronate as its active ingredient and as an anti-aging wrinkle serum that promotes the reduction of wrinkles, increases skin nourishment and firms skin.

The latter of these uses is the easiest application for the common person.

What are the Effects?

According to a double blind control study by Dr. Glynis R. Ablon, who is on the dermatology faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles, it may now be possible for anyone to experience the benefits of hyaluronic acid fillers without a needle.

Significant improvements in overall efficacy, skin roughness, and “smoothing effect” were observed after 90 days.

The hyaluronic acid in our body starts to deplete with age so it’s a good idea to use a serum such as this Anti-aging Serum daily. We have seen great results personally.

This has been such a great discovery for us and we are excited to share it with you!

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