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 Homeopathy: Radiant Skin For Life 
 
When our skin is unhealthy it is usually a reflection of the internal state of our bodies, and is often a sign of poor elimination of toxins and waste products. Most of us are embarrassed by skin problems such as rashes, boils or acne, especially in places where others can see our imperfections. The skin is the body's first line of defense against the environment. It has to deal with the effects of weather, sun , cold, heat, dryness, humidity, scrapes, bumps, soaps, detergents, chemicals, perspiration and dirt of all kinds. It is a wonder that our skin stays healthy most of the time! We can help our skin deal with this onslaught by optimizing our general health and by protecting our skin from harsh environmental exposure. Western medicine generally treats skin eruptions with either antibiotics, cortisone, or antifungal preparations. These medicines may alleviate the skin problem temporarily, or occasionally for good, but do not address the source of the problem. Putting a lid on skin symptoms without getting to the root of the imbalance may even result in suppression, that means the imbalance may be driven deeper causing more serious health problems later without ever strengthening the underlying vital force of the person. Fortunately, naturopathic medicine offers a wide vareity of effective treatments for skin problems. The following is general advice for most skin problems including acne, eczema, psoriasis, herpes, rashes, hives, and fungal infections. We also give more specific recommendations depending on the individual condition, body type, life-style, etc.

Cleansing: Your skin is a reflection of how well your body is eliminating the toxins that build up on a daily basis. Chronic skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis stem from a combination of genetic factors, immune stress, dietary deficiencies or sensitivities, and the accumulation of toxins in the body. For our skin to be radiant and clear, it is very important that the other organs of elimination (kidneys, liver, lungs, and colon) are cleansing the body effectively. If not, the skin will be overtaxed, pores will become clogged, and eruptions of one sort or another will result. Here are a number of steps you can take to improve your body's overall elimination wtih specific emphasis on your skin.

l) Think twice about what you put into your body. If you think of your body as a sacred temple instead of a garbage disposal, it will help. What's most important is what you eat every day, not that occasional dish of Haagen Das chocolate chocolate chip. The simpler, more natural, less refined food you eat, the less your body will have to work at detoxification. Make sure that what you ingest is alive so that it can provide the needed energy that it's supposed to. If you think about it, how much real vitality can you gain from a cheeseburger that comes from a cow that's been stuffed with hormones, then fried in oil that may have been sitting around for hours, and perhaps prepared by a cook who was muttering over his or her breath about hwo bad the day was? Now, that may be an exaggeration, but the point is to think before you eat! Once we taught a class on yoga and food where the meal was silent and meditative and we simply concentrated fully on the process of eating. People were amazed at how delicious simple, vegetarian food tasted and how different it was to eat consciously rather than stuff food into themselves without even tasting it.

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Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman ND, MSWJudyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, DHANP, MSW is a licensed naturopathic physician board certified in homeopathic medicine. She graduated with a degree in ...more
 
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