The body needs to cleanse itself of toxins each day. Toxins the body cannot eliminate are stored in fatty tissue, joints, muscles and the brain. These toxins can clog cell membrane walls which are then unable to absorb enough nutrients to support normal cell function. Overtime this leads to reduced vitality and weakened immune and lymphatic systems.
The skin is the largest organ in our body and because it is permeable, it easily absorbs toxins. The scalp is especially permeable to toxins. Consider the number of toxic chemicals put in your hair to color, shampoo, condition and treat it.
And as part of contemporary living, heavy metals, pesticide, synthetic chemicals, hormones and waste products are present in the water we drink, the foods we eat, the clothes we wear, the air we breathe, the houses we live in, the cosmetics we use and our lifestyle. Stress and depression are body toxins too.
Although our bodies have a complex system designed to remove toxins through our lymphatic system, skin, liver, kidneys, lungs and intestines, they are no match for the toxic onslaught we ingest and absorb daily.
Homeopathy, herbal and nutritional supplements and detox foot baths can assist the body to detoxify and to rebalance itself. See "Detox Foot or Hand Baths" for more information.
Elaine M. Onofrey
Doctor of Oriental Medicine
Acupuncture Physician in Tampa, FL
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