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Psoriasis. Are You Inflamed?


Psoriasis. A skin disorder that affects close to 7 million people in the US. Immune system imbalances are involved, yet it is not contagious. Psoriasis is characterized by an abnormal growth of skin cells. While psoriatic skin cells take an abnormal 3-6 days to mature, normal skin cells mature in a month. It may seem like a simple skin disorder, but did you know over 45o people die each year from certain complications due to severe psoriasis? Symptoms include:

  • Arthritic joint pain and skin
    joint inflammation
  • a significant ‘dip’ or pitting of the nails
  • inflammation, scaling and redness of skin usually on hands, feet, scalp, knees, behind knees, inside and outside of elbows
  • intense skin peeling, sometimes
    painful

Some severe cases have shown large amounts of skin loss which then make the person susceptible to infections that can become serious.

Excellent results are seen with a holistic approach including the following natural therapies that help correct psoriasis by focusing on strengthening the immune system, strengthening the nervous system to cope with stresses better, reducing stress, and reducing discomfort with anti-inflammatories:

Healthy skin is attainable as so many have shown when using a natural holistic approach. And this is highly encouraged and stated in a report in The Lancet. The immune system needs time for strengthening. Use the above supplements for 3-6 months to ultimately help the body heal from this disorder. Healthy skin to All! Be Well!

Eczema. Are You Aggravated?

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Many adults and children today are suffering with skin disorders… close to 32 million Americans.  And most feel despair and pain with no hope of relief.  But some people have figured out a way to overcome eczema naturally and heal from this distressing skin problem.

Eczema. This skin disorder is characterized by aggravated, inflamed, dry, thick, and red skin patches usually found on wrists, arms, elbows, ankles, neck, and/or cheeks. Very different from psoriasis, this condition is related to food allergies aggravated by eggs, wheat, milk and soy foods, poor digestion caused by low hydrochloric acid in the stomach, low levels of essential fatty acids due to people who are afflicted having trouble converting essential fatty acid nutrients to a form that the body can use, and leaky gut syndrome.  Eczema is associated closely with asthma, candida yeast infection, and diabetes, and a flare-up can be triggered by emotional stress and depression.
Eczema signs include:

  • numbness, tingling and discomfort of skin
  • angry red patches of skin mostly on the wrists, ankles and cheeks
  • blisters that ooze and crust over
  • weeping skin
  • itchy skin
  • bumps on skin
  • scaling on skin
  • lumpy, thick  skin

Eczema is an internal problem caused by internal imbalances.  Creams and lotions alone will never help the body heal from this disorder.  What has shown success in helping the body heal are natural therapies used to bring back balance.  Use the following to deal with stress, control allergic reactions, heal skin, and to feed the body essential fatty acids for smooth skin:

Achieve healthy skin, feed the body what it is missing and watch the body heal itself.

8 Results To Expect From A Cleansing & Detoxification Program

Detoxification and Cleansing.  Doesn’t ‘cleansing’ negativity and bad health remnants sound like the right thing to do physically and spiritually?  And don’t we all want to Prevent Disease?  How can we think of preventing disease if we don’t consider using tools such as Detoxification?

The cleansing or purging of the intestines–detoxification–dates back to 2500 B.C. with Egyptian bowel specialists. The Greeks also used it, as did the American Indians. Detoxification has been known and used for ages. But this is the time in history it is the most needed and the most important. Foods have become denatured, devoid of enzymes, overly sugared, and just plain poisoned. Food and water have become more toxic. And our digestive systems are overloaded. Detoxification is absolutely imperative.

Your elders most likely practiced detoxification with you!  You may have memories of your grandmother or mother giving you a “clean-out” or “wash-out” every year right before the beginning of the school year…   Or you may remember being ill and watching your grandmother, or some family member, walk into the backyard,  pull some roots out of the ground, some leaves off a plant, wash them, and make you a potent tea that had you feeling light on your feet, energized, and brand new again in no time…

 

Detoxification has been called the ‘missing link to disease prevention’.  Unfortunately, with the amount of toxins in our foods and the environment, our bodies have difficulty performing such an automatic function alone. The process of eliminating or neutralizing toxins through vital eliminatory organs such as the liver, kidneys, lungs, skin,  and colon,  is something they were once capable of when they were not completely overloaded.  If these toxic substances are not eliminated, our intelligent bodies push toxins to one side, and surround it in mucous and fat in order for us not to suffer an imbalance or immune reaction.

Our emotions are also affected by a toxic, congested body.  The emotion of ‘Not Letting Go’ is associated with the health of the colon/large intestine.  Negativity is more difficult to ‘let go’ of’ in life if a person is not having minimum 2-3 bowel movements per day. The colon when impacted in this way brings a person to suffer constipation.  So consider a detoxification  a step towards cleansing emotionally also…

For those who have considered Detoxification to manage their weight, or to lose weight successfully, you should know you’re perfectly right in doing so!  Why? For the following reasons:  The body surrounds toxins with MUCOUS and FAT.   If the body is storing foreign substances in fatty deposits, this is a crucial reason for Detoxification.   The more Fat the body is storing, the more Toxic the body is.  And maintaining a low fat diet and low body fat in general is a form of disease prevention also.   People can be carrying between 5 and 16 pounds of mucous and fat that carry toxic waste!

A cleansing and detoxification program should do the following:

  • 1- to clean the digestive tract of accumulated waste and fermented bacteria
  • 2- purify the liver, blood, and kidneys
  • 3- clear excess congestion and mucous from the body
  • 4- correct craving dependencies of nicotine, alcohol, drugs, sugar and caffeine
  • 5- increase mental clarity
  • 6- balance hormones
  • 7- strengthen the immune system
  • 8- and change bad eating habits in a person so their stomach reduces to normal size

In other words,  I expect the best results from the program I choose to recommend. Here are my favorite detoxification and cleansing programs that  help you achieve true core health, weight management/weight loss, energy, fitness and balance:

CLEANSTART WILDBERRY

DIETERS’ CLEANSE

Click the above links to obtain these and get detailed information. Use these for minimum 30 days.

* The proof is in the faces and testimonies of marvelously joyous patients and clients.  To see their photos, become my Facebook friend and see photo albums  ‘Weight Loss Success, Before & After’  and ‘Mobile Uploads’. *

Prevent disease by incorporating a cleansing program at least 3 to 4 times per year or as needed. Be Well!

 

8 Signs Your Body Needs A Skin Cleanse & Face Mapping

Most people feel that to have healthy skin takes a bit of work. And it is as if one wrong move can have you scarred and stressed about the appearance of your skin. From getting the wrong facial, to using the wrong razor to shave with, to using the wrong products on your skin. But some people have figured out a way to get their skin back, or better yet achieve the skin they always wanted, by focusing on some specific points…

(Side note: As my son watched me write this article, I was flattered to have him suggest I add a photo taken of us. He said, ‘If it’s about skin, mommy, you’ve got to put your picture!’ My child is so sweet… In addition am grateful, feeling blessed, and happy to embrace my age as I recently celebrated my 40th birthday this Summer 2014. The Goal: 60+ more years to go with optimum health~  Who’s joining me to celebrate 100+ years old?! 😉
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The skin is the cover that reflects what is happening inside the body. Healthy, young, glowing skin means a healthy, young, glowing interior. I’m sure you know the skin is the largest organ of the body. And if you feed your body ‘junk’, then junky skin you will have, my friend. It is the organ of elimination and detoxification; the backup for the other elimination organs. If your colon is congested, overloaded, and toxic because you aren’t eliminating minimum 2 to 3 times daily, then the skin also becomes dull, overloaded and riddled with toxins.

The liver is the filter of the blood and it is also known that everything that has to do with the skin is also related to the blood, so your liver must be in optimum performance if you want optimally healthy skin. If the liver can’t efficiently filter impurities coming from the digestive tract, your skin suffers, trying to compensate by releasing toxins through the pores. If you are suffering with constipation, you will specifically experience acne and rashes.

Your skin is also the largest organ of absorption and indigestion; both of nutrients and toxins. If you have a healthy diet, your skin will prove it. Highly processed food, junk foods, fried foods, foods bombarded with hormones and chemicals and nutritional deficiencies are the first to show on the skin. Toxins are excreted through the oil glands. This leads to, not only acne, as I mentioned prior, but also boils.

Even your emotions are relevant in your skin! It is a mirror of your emotional and hormone balance, too. Stress causes the skin to react negatively and hormonal imbalances are perceived as poor skin texture, spots and/of blemishes.

 

Having shared all this, what are the 8 signs that indicate you need a skin cleanse? They are the following:

  • Do you have sallow skin? Poor skin coloring may indicate waste buildup from liver malfunction or drug residues. Do you have age spots? Brown mottled spots on the hands, neck or face may reflect waste accumulation in the liver.
  • Do you have adult acne, or uneven skin texture?  Waste build- up from environmental pollutants, poor, liver exhaustion and stress allow increased free radical formation which attack skin cell membranes.
  • Do you have wrinkles, or sagging skin contours? Free radical activity also affects skin collagen and elastic proteins, resulting in wrinkling and dry skin.
  • Do you have puffy or swollen eyes, dark circles under eyes, or crusty, mucous forming in your eyes? If your breath is also bad, it’s a pretty solid sign your body has an overload of fluid wastes.
  • Do you have a skin disorder?  Psoriasis, dermatitis, seborrhea, and even dandruff, all indicate its time for a skin cleanse.
  • Do you have skin sores or rashes that aren’t healing? or hard bumps on the skin?  Your body may be overloaded with waste that your not eliminating.
  • Do you have usually oily skin? or scaly, itchy skin? or chronically chapped and red skin? A skin cleanse will probably help.
  • Do you have poor circulation? Cold hands and feet, swollen ankles, poor digestion and chronic constipation are also signs that your body lacks tissue oxygen uptake. Poor skin tone is a sign of an antioxidant deficiency.

Yes. It is possible to have healthy skin again. Even if you dealt with products that harmed skin or had procedures that harmed skin. YOU CAN have amazingly glowing healthy skin!

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Apart from the 8 signs I’ve detailed here, there is another tool you can use to unlock the cause of skin challenges.

As ‘Beauty Gypsy’ states in an article ‘Face mapping… combines Ayurveda and ancient Chinese medicine to explain how certain parts of your face are connected to other areas of your body. Put simply, think of your face as a map and blemishes as X’s on that landscape. Spots in different zones correspond to different problems.’ One can use the image above as a guide to help you address the underlying causes of your individual skin issue and at the same time take preventive measures to treat underlying health problems in time.

For the best combination focusing specifically on internal cleansing of the main eliminatory and vital organs that improves skin within just a short few weeks time using Ayurvedic and Chinese herbs, here is my favorite natural therapy combination for beautiful skin:

SKIN DETOX, Ayurvedic
TIAO HE CLEANSE
PAU D’ARCO LOTION

Use the prior combination for minimum 30 days. Then repeat every 3 months to maintain healthy skin always.

My Favorite Foods for Skin?

Water: Number one for hydrating skin from within naturally. Filtered water of course.

Papayas: Papayas are rich in vitamin C and help with collagen production. This fruit is also known to help nourish and heal dry, sagging skin.

Olive Oil (preferably Extra Virgin): Add this to your diet for EFA’s, the essential fatty acids needed for soft, fresh, healthy, young-looking skin. Olive Oil is best used raw, unheated, and drizzled on top of your food right before eating it after serving yourself on a plate. Also, it is recommended to rub Olive Oil on skin to lock in moisture. (Excellent during the fall and winter months.)

Green Tea: Wonderful for inflammatory, itchy skin conditions.

Celery, Tomatoes, Pears, and Lemon Juice: Chinese Medicine recommends preparing a juice blend of these. Prepare mixture and drink once per day for facial dark brown spots, itchiness, and acne.

*Extra Tip* Always wash face with cold water. This way you do not strip skin of its natural oils and prevent premature aging. As for skin on the body, do not take scalding hot showers. Instead, take showers in which the water is as cool as you can stand it.

Wellness to you! And enjoy healthy, glowing skin again!

Detoxify And Cleanse To Survive A Toxic World

 

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(Article from my Healthy Living Blog with additional statistics and information.)

Redesigning Our Approach to Cleansing Eliminating Functions

DAILY
WEEKLY
MONTHLY
QUARTERLY
ANNUALLY
THE GOAL: To give you the tools to design the programs you personally need

OUR BODIES PERFORM 2 MAIN FUNCTIONS:

CLEANSING/DRAINING: dislodging, breaking down, and moving toxic materials through the body and out through the eliminative channels (CATABOLIC FUNCTIONS)

BUILDING/ENERGIZING/HEALING: This involves the constant repair and upkeep of our bodies. (ANABOLIC FUNCTIONS)

Why We Need to Detoxify Regularly

Carcinogenic Chemicals in our Water
Carcinogenic Occupational Toxins
Dietary Sources of Pollutants
Cleaning Chemicals
Personal Care Product Chemicals
Air Pollution
Harmful Xenoestrogen Sources

The Chemical Load Begins Before Birth ” …up to 232 toxic chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of 10 babies…The findings constitute hard evidence that each child was exposed to a host of dangerous substances while still in its mother’s womb.”

STARTLING TOXIC STATISTICS

More than 7 million accidental poisonings occur each year, with more than 75% involving children under age 6! —The Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

According to the U.S. Poison Control Centers, “A child is accidentally poisoned every 30 seconds at home…”

In 2007, 4.1 billion pounds of approx. 650 chemicals were produced by industry and federal facilities.

Toxic chemicals released by industries this year 2014 to date:
4,531,550+ tons

Toxic chemical release – Each and every second 310 Kg of toxic chemicals are released into our air, land, and water by industrial facilities around the world.

This amounts to approximately 10 million tons (over 21 billion pounds) of toxic chemicals released into our environment by industries each year.

Of these, over 2 million tons (over 4.5 billion pounds) per year are recognized carcinogens. This amounts to about 65 Kg each second.

Toxic Inventory Release Database **We have approximately 75,000 chemicals produced to date. We are plagued by cancers of our eliminative channels with lung cancer in the lead followed by colon cancer.

Lung cancer: 226,160 new cases yearly, Colon cancer: 103,170 new cases yearly, Urinary cancer: 141,140 new cases yearly, Skin cancer: 81,240 new cases yearly.

***National Cancer Institute 2012 http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@epidemiologysurveilance/documents/document/acspc-031941.pdf

Environmental Medicine

“Chemical compounds ubiquitous in our food, air and water are now found in every person. The bioaccumulation of these compounds in some individuals can lead to a variety of metabolic and system dysfunctions… The primary classes of the most common toxic offenders are solvents, pesticides, and heavy metals. Of heavy metals, mercury is the one most individuals are burdened by. The systems most affected…include the immune, neurological and endocrine system.”

** Walter J. Crinnion ND. Alternative Medicine Review, Vol 5, 2000.

According to the website search.epa.gov, 80% of people’s exposure to chemicals occurs in the HOME. EPA (5 year study)– many homes had chemical levels 70 times higher than that of outside air. Common household cleaners are 3 times more likely to cause cancer than outdoor air pollution.

Harmful Estrogens Are Found Everywhere
Foreign or xenoestrogens are found in:

The plastic or styrofoam cup holding your morning coffee
The PVC piping used in your homes and lawns
Detergents, cleaners, pesticides, lawn fertilizers, meat, unfiltered water, cosmetics
Microwaving foods in plastic can enhance the transfer of the plastics or phthalates into our bodies

Universal Chemicals found in Human Fat (EPA stats,1982)

Styrene from Styrofoam cups
Dichlorobenzenes from moth balls/deodorants
Xylene from gasoline
Ethylphenol from drinking water
OCDD from wood and treatment chemicals The first 4 are solvents. The 5th is a dioxin. The word, “universal” means that the average person has all of these in their body.

What about Children and Toxic Exposure?

The book, ‘Textbook of Children’s Environmental Health’ written by Landrigan Philip, published this year 2014, states how ‘in studying a cohort of inner city children in New York City, my colleagues and I are finding that many of the children were exposed prenatally to various air pollutants, pesticides, endocrine-disrupting chemicals, and metals. By age 7 years, 25% of the children were overweight or obese, more than 25% had a diagnosis of asthma, and 15% had experienced delayed cognitive or motor development that could affect their ability to learn. One boy in the study is affected by asthma and developmental problems. Biomarkers in his cord blood showed measurable exposure to a number of toxic chemicals.’

And What About Sex Toys And Sexual Lubricants?

According to,’When Sex Goes Toxic’, ‘most sexual intimate toys and sexual lubricants are chock full of toxic ingredients like parabens, sodium benzoate, glycerin, petrochemicals and even propylene glycol—a common ingredient in brake fluid! Recent studies have also shown that many such products — especially personal lubes — can seriously damage the cell lining, potentially enhancing our susceptibility to sexually-transmitted bags o’ fun like gonorrhea, Chlamydia, syphilis, genital herpes, hepatitis B and, of course, HIV.’

‘According to market research firm Iri, Americans plunk down roughly $200 million annually on lube alone, a substance that sort of faces Food and Drug Administration scrutiny but not necessarily in the ways you might expect. That’s because the FDA classifies lube as something “to lubricate a body orifice to facilitate entry of a diagnostic or therapeutic device.” (And if that doesn’t get you all hot and bothered nothing will.)’

‘The problem with classifying lubricants this way, as a de facto medical device, is twofold. First, thanks to the glorious idiosyncrasies of language, such products only face FDA scrutiny if they explicitly portend to be “vaginal lubricants.” Such a stipulation imposes a stipulation that the manufacturer must submit a host of applications (called “510k clearances”) to the FDA. But it doesn’t necessarily mean it has to prove the product is safe for repeat contact.’

‘Second, companies that don’t explicitly state their products are intended for vaginal lubrication — even if everybody knows they are — face barely any regulation at all. So, unless people’s junk starts spontaneously bursting into flames after rubbing on some Liquid Sexy Heat, most manufacturers just keep on peddling.’

‘From a toxicity perspective, we know that many intimate-use products currently on the market (most of which come from China, by way of Unregulatedville) contain a host of parabens. Parabens are known endocrine disruptors, and endocrine disruptors have, for some time, been linked to birth defects, reduced sperm count, tumors, immune deficiencies and a seemingly endless list of nasty business, like the “feminization of boys.”’

‘Furthermore, while the U.S. lags behind regulating the toxins we come in contact with, the entire European Union is seeking to ban parabens in any product meant for children under 6 years old. Officials at the World Health Organization, meanwhile, have stated outright that endocrine disruptors can potentially lead to “obesity, infertility or reduced fertility, learning and memory difficulties, Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, as well as a variety of other diseases.”’

‘“We don’t have categorical proof that the toxic substances found in (these products) will kill you,” admits Dr. Peter Anton, who recently co-authored an in-depth study on lubricant use. “But if you could easily avoid them why wouldn’t you?”‘

The Benefits of Detoxification?

Opening the door to promoting healing and rejuvenation and greater longevity.
May promote slowing degeneration and aging.
It provides an internal shower and tune-up.
To be a personal tool for elimination of toxic waste accumulations, environmental toxins, acids, opportunistic organisms, mucus, excess fat, fluid buildup.
Inspires us to design for ourselves programs for healthier skin and complexion, weight management, reduction or elimination of aches and pains, more energy, more even moods, positive life outlook and more.

Prepare Your Mind to Meet Your Goals

We must have 100% commitment to truly get well. We may have to do some things we enjoy less than others. But what if we could change our thought processes and enjoy it all? That would be huge!! For every belief, there is a result. The faster we change our thinking, the faster the shift that brings the desired result.

Goals of Colon Cleansing

To reduce transit time (the time it takes for food to exit the body).
Transit time can range from 10 to 100 hours.
This reduces harmful chemical generation of bowel toxins.
Improve digestion.
To improve absorption of water soluble vitamins (B,C).
To maintain already normal range cholesterol levels.
To reduce the amount of pathogenic organisms.
To increase the natural healthy colon flora A clean environment may reduce toxins reabsorbing into body tissues.

13 Lifestyle Changes to a Healthy Colon

Breakfast like a king, Lunch like a queen, Dinner like a pauper. This decreases digestive burden at night.
Chew your food well.
Eat a high fiber diet.
Eat only until satisfied
Eat in a relaxed atmosphere
Drink no more than 6 oz of fluid at a meal.
Avoid milk, juice, and coffee with meals
Make half of your plate fresh, raw, or lightly steamed veggies.
Drink fresh pure water: 8 cups/daily.
Eat pickled vegetables and fermented foods like sauerkraut.
Eat fruit alone.
Exercise.
Release hatred, anger, rage, fear, stress, anxiety, worry verbally, and verbally replace with the opposite weekly.

Cleansing Impacts the Kidneys

“Kidneys are the body’s last-route filtering system. If the kidneys don’t work correctly, toxins build up.” — articlesbase.com/diseases-and-conditions-articles/what-is-kidney-disease.

Cleansing Impacts the Lungs

IN CHINESE MEDICINE, the respiratory system governs the mucus balance of the body as well as the voice volume and flow of Chi energy. It belongs to the Metal Element, which includes of principle of immunity and protection to the body.

Cleansing impacts the skin

Elasticity, moisture regulation, and pigment control are only a few of the functions occurring within the skin. This marvelous organ functions as a protective barrier to disease-causing organisms. The skin often is a mirror of inner toxicity. It is an eliminative organ. Overload here may signal congestive lymph, colon, kidneys, and liver.

Cleansing impacts Cellular Health

Keeping cells clean has many benefits: Healthy aging. Better mental and physical well-being. An overall reduction of health challenges.

Detox Products to Use

Liquid Chlorophyll Daily

Daily cleansing! Strengthens cells. Promotes a strong immune system. Helps promote the natural blood-cleansing function of the body. Deodorizes the body, including the bowel. Supports the female reproductive system and the circulatory system. One of most popular products now Extra Strength.

Cleanstart

Supports natural daily cleansing of waste. Supports natural elimination, no dangerous side effects. Energizes, promotes a feeling of well-being. Capsule Packet and a Fiber Packet (10 grams). Digestive/fiber cleansers– Bentonite, Aloe vera, Chlorophyll, Psyllium Colon cleansers (LBS II) –Cascara sagrada, buckthorn, turkey rhubarb Liver and blood cleansers (Envirodetox) — Burdock, dandelion,red clover, milk thistle.

Tiao He Cleanse Periodically with Chinese Liver Balance Formula

Combines Chinese and Western knowledge. Supports elimination of waste in the colon. Nutritive herbs to support and build digestive and intestinal systems. Liver and blood cleansers –Yellow dock, Oregon grape. Cellular detoxifiers — All cell detox, safflowers, gentian. Colon cleansers — LBS II, slippery elm, psyllium, black walnut atc, burdock.

How to use Tiao He Cleanse

1 PACKET up to twice daily for 15 days with 8 oz water. Follow with 8 oz water. Goal: 2-3 colon evacuations daily. Not intended for prolonged use. (My personal recommendation, 3 cycles continuous maximum.) Not recommended for children. (cascara sagrada, buckthorn, turkey rhubarb, ginseng) If stool is too loose, reduce packets. (Can reduce to 1 packet daily for a 30 day cleanse.)

Children’s Cleanse

Liquid Chlorophyll, LB extract (promotes regularity). Red Clover extract (facial /liver signs). Black Walnut extract (teeth/healthy flora). Nature’s Harvest or Love and Peas with a little added Fiber of choice.

Dieter’s Cleanse

2 WEEKS WORTH OF SUPPLEMENTS SUPPORTS NATURAL HEALTHY ELIMINATION WHILE DIETING. SUPPORTS NATURAL GLANDULAR FUNCTION. MAY IMPROVE NUTRITIONAL ABSORPTION. GREAT TO KICK OFF A WEIGHT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM! Ingredients: Bowel detox, Liver Cleanse, Mastergland, Envirodetox, LBS II, SF, Chromium

Para-Cleanse: 1-2 times yearly

Cleanses the body and creates a healthy intestinal flora. Creates an environment inhospitable to invaders.

Candida Clear: 1-2 Times a Year

Helps balance the colonization of Candida (Yeast). Supports the body’s immune function. Supports the intestinal tract. Contains the herbs Pau d’Arco, Oregano, Garlic, Black Walnut, Elecampane Root and Caprylic Acid. Enzymes that break down components in candida’s cell wall. Contains enzymes to which Candida’s cell wall may be vulnerable.

For more information on the recommended supplements and herbs in this article, click on each link provided to go to my official product website: drjulissa.mynsp.com

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Acne: It’s Not Just for Teenagers Anymore…

 

Acne is unsightly.  It’s annoying, uncomfortable, and sometimes, even painful.  Teenagers, four out of five, develop acne as they are developing and enter puberty.  Adults unfortunately are showing  more and more acne problems today.

Now, did you know that not all pimples are acne?  Infection differentiates pimples from acne.  Acne bumps are infected and inflamed and are usually on the face, chest and back.  They tend to look red and flaky.  And the acne that itches, are filled with liquid, and these tend to scar. This is known as cystic acne .

Causes of acne in teenagers are:

  • hormonal imbalances  (associated with testosterone levels)
  • glandular imbalances of the pituitary gland

Causes of acne in adults are:

  • chronic stress (number one cause of men with acne)
  • hormonal imbalances (number one cause of women with acne)
  • for women, other causative factors include: pregnancy, some birth control pills, PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), and menstruation

Causes of acne in both teenagers and adults:

  • eating excess fatty foods
  • poor digestion
  • nutrient and mineral deficiencies, especially a zinc deficiency
  • constipation (many times from not drinking enough water also)
  • a congested liver
  • drug abuse (illegal)
  • genetic tendencies
  • lack of green vegetable in the diet (broccoli, spinach, etc.)
  • essential fatty acid (EFA) deficiency

Strangely enough, media reports show that acne is not triggered by food choices.   But the Western diet rich in overly processed foods and sugar now show in newer studies that they are partly to blame for acne.  When the body is saturated with sugar, the sugar saturated skin is prone to acne.  An excess of sugar increases the production of testosterone that then clogs pores and causes breakouts.  Blood sugar in the body multiplies by 5 by the time it reaches our skin.

When oil is blocked from reaching the skin’s surface, a comedone, or whitehead, can develop.

Open comedones, or blackheads, are what whiteheads turn into when they rupture and irritate after spreading under the skin, or after they reach the skin’s surface.

Friends, acne is not, as you have read here in this article, an external problem only.  So what makes people think that creams, lotions and gels alone are going to resolve the problem?  What can you deduct from everything I’ve said so far in this article?  That acne is caused by a body out of balance.  Acne is an internal problem.   The only way to overcome it is to help the body heal itself by feeding it what it is missing so it can come to balance once again.

Anything that has to do with the skin, has to do with the blood, and the filter of the blood is the liver.   As I mentioned above, one of the causes of acne is a congested liver.  The liver is the filter of fat and the filter of hormones.  Again, two other causes of acne are poor digestion, eating an excess of fatty foods, and of course, hormonal imbalances.  So, do we understand so far that cleansing the blood and  liver are necessary in helping the body overcome acne and heal from the inside out?  Excellent!

The following is a natural therapy combination I recommend to help reduce inflammation, reduce and prevent acne breakouts, relieve infection, and heal tissue and scars:

HEPATIC SYSTEM PACK

GLANDULAR SYSTEM PACK

SILVER SHIELD Liquid

SILVER SHIELD GEL- apply morning and night

Foods that tend to trigger acne are:

  • sodas, carbonated beverages
  • fried foods
  • sugary foods
  • hard cheeses
  • dairy high in fat
  • white flour foods
  • chocolate
  • caffeine (coffee, teas, etc.)
  • peanut butter
  • eggplant
  • tomatoes
  • peppers
  • tobacco
  • foods with large amounts of additives

Reduce these foods:

  • citrus
  • eggs
  • wheat germ
  • shellfish
  • iodine rich foods such as kelp (this only affects some people)
  • salt
  • cheese

Beautiful, healthy skin starts from within…  Balance the body and it can be yours!

~Dr. Julissa