Skin Cleansing and Detox

- Diet, hydrotherapy, skin brushing, and sauna -
Skin cleansing and detox are essential for eliminating pesticides and other drugs and environmental chemicals. Approximately 10% of body elimination occurs through the skin, working in conjuction with other organs of elimination such as the colon, kidneys, and lungs. If one of these organs is stressed and not eliminating waste products efficiently, a greater burden may be placed on the remaining organs. This is why people with chronic constipation often have skin conditions such as acne.

Skin cleansing and detox are also an integral part of the treatment of multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), pesticide and chemical exposure, and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). As a preventative measure, it is used by healthy couples who wish to decrease their stored toxins prior to conception.

Skin brushing
Skin brushing facilitates skin cleansing by stimulating the lymphatic system to eliminate toxins through the skin. It also improves blood circulation throughout the body and removes dead skin cells and debris that clog pores
1. Use a long handled natural bristle brush. You can find one at the health food store. If you are unable to find one, use a loofah sponge.
2. Start at the soles of your feet. Using light pressure, brush in small circles from the legs towards the chest, palms of the hands towards the chest, and then the back towards the abdomen. Finish with the scalp.
3. Avoid the face, breasts, and other sensitive areas. Skin brushing can be done in the morning or evening by itself or before a contrast shower.

Contrast showers
The contrast between hot and cold water increases microcirculation through body tissues, promotes detoxification, and strengthens the immune system. This helps bring nutrients, oxygen and immune cells to damaged and stressed tissues and carries away metabolic waste, inflammatory by-products and other toxic substances. Contrast showers also strengthen the immune system by increasing the number of white blood cells.

Start with three minutes of hot water followed by less than one minute of cold water. Repeat this pattern at least once, always finishing with cold (e.g. 3 minutes hot - 1 minute cold - 3 minutes hot - 1 minute cold).

Many cultures use sauna cleansing as a regular part of detoxification and cleansing. It is a powerful method of eliminating environmental chemicals that are stored in fat cells.
1. Find a dry heat sauna that has not been treated with toxic chemicals.
2. You should not be hungry, have just eaten, or feel weak.
3. Exercise for 20 to 30 minutes. Cardiovascular exercise, such as running or using a treadmill or exercise bicycle, is necessary to stimulate the circulation of blood and lymph to the deep tissues.
4. The recommended length of time in the sauna varies according to the condition. Sittings of about 15 minutes at a time are recommended in a low temperature sauna. In advanced sauna cleanses, up to 45 minutes at a time are recommended, but it is essential that the sauna be low temperature and the person stays hydrated with water and minerals. Heavy sweating after 10 to 15 minutes is a sign that the sauna is too warm.
5. In order to increase circulation and mobilize chemicals from fat tissue, niacin supplements are sometimes recommended for 2 to 3 weeks with daily sauna therapy. A health care practitioner should be consulted to ensure the safety and efficacy of the detox.

The following diet recommendations will promote skin cleansing:
1. Drink at least 8-12 glasses of water per day. You will require more if you are sauna cleansing.
2. Take a mineral supplement. Many people prefer liquid mineral supplements. People with heart or kidney disease should not take mineral supplements without consulting a qualified health care provider.