Category Archives: detox

Your Skin Speaks!

Many of us spend hundreds of dollars a month on expensive skin care products and still do not have the clear, silky smooth skin we desire. But why? Your skin is really a reflection of what is going on inside! And as we near the end of summer, we might want to take a look at what your skin is trying to tell you.

skinHere are some clues as to why your skin might be acting up:

1. Congested forehead- Do you suffer from tiny bumps on your forehead that are more felt than seen? This often indicates too much stress or an increase in stress levels. This type of breakout can also indicate dehydration and constipation. Your body is telling you to drink more water and flush toxins to eliminate. If you are not eliminating then a build up of excess toxins is likely to blame. Try this Colon cleanse for a quick start.

2. Cystic acne – also known as “undergrounders” because they burrow deep below the skin, and can be quite painful to touch. This type of acne is due to hormonal imbalance. Additionally, your lymph nodes, the guys who help us purify our body of toxins, are backed up. To combat this I suggest eating a more alkaline diet and taking a liver cleanse supplement.

3. Inflammation – general redness and inflammation is likely a reflection of inflammation in your digestive system. Are you constantly in a state of worry? If so, your stomach could be shut down so it won’t break down your food properly. Combat this with a digestive enzyme that contains HCL. Another trick is to eat an anti-inflammatory diet and take a daily Probiotic first thing in the morning.

So… Instead of stressing about covering up your skin, look at your skin issues as a way of your body speaking to you. As always, the body never lies and gives us many clues as to what is going on and how we can improve!

Lighten Up this Summer – Detoxify your LYMPH!

When the lymphatic system is functioning properly we stay healthy.  If you always feel congested, are experiencing breakouts, or want to bust some cellulite for your perfect beach body, then the lymph system is something you will want to stimulate.

Although it’s one of the most important systems of our bodies, the lymph system is often overlooked. It carries our body’s waste and toxins away from our tissues and into the bloodstream. Once the waste and toxins enter the bloodstream they are purified through the spleen, which is our biggest immune defense! So, needless to say, a strong lymphatic system will help us fight the foreign invaders that keep getting us sick.

What is the key to stimulating the lymph system? Movement! Unlike blood that has the heart to pump it, the lymph system does not, and therefore the lymph system will become stagnant when we lack physical activity and movement in our lives.

Luckily, you don’t need to be a body builder or a marathon runner to move your lymph. Light daily exercise, staying hydrated, eating raw fruits and veggies, and “dry brushing” your skin will keep your lymph system functioning at its best. There is also a specific type of massage called Lymph Drainage massage that can help. If you don’t have time for all of that, or just simply want some help cleansing and purifying, there are some excellent supplements that will do the trick.

Stop by the Holistic Haven (no appointment necessary) and ask us for the best products for stimulating the mighty lymph system, which can improve your overall immune system, get your skin glowing, and your body cellulite-free!

 

 

Health Begins in the Gut

Something I discuss with my patients daily is the importance of good digestion; because as the saying goes, I believe that health begins in the gut.gut-draftYou’ve got many important organs to consider – the stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, and of course the small & large intestines. These organs are where you break down your food and absorb your nutrients. So if you don’t have optimal digestion, you won’t absorb crucial nutrients from your food, even if you are eating an ideal diet!

Bloating, indigestion and acid reflux are super common symptoms…and lots of us just think that it’s simply unavoidable. Well, I’m here to say that these symptoms need to be addressed.

A few of the factors that can impair efficient digestion include stress, eating too quickly, eating large quantities, eating too close to bedtime, food allergies and even inflammation.

Also something to consider if you have been trying to lose weight and are not getting your desired results, is to look at improving your overall digestion.

So what can you do? One easy fix is to take digestive enzymes with your meals, especially while eating cooked and processed foods. The older we get the fewer enzymes our bodies produce, and enzymes are crucial for helping to properly break down your food.

sauerkrautAnother solid fix is to improve your good gut flora by eating fermented foods such as sauerkraut, plain yogurt or kefir, Kombucha, pickles or kimchi. When that’s not possible or if you don’t like the taste of fermented foods you can always supplement with a high quality probiotic which offers concentrated amounts of beneficial bacteria in a convenient dose.

There are lots of natural methods out there for treating digestive issues, so it’s really just a question of becoming aware and educated on what your options are. It’s truly worth the effort to find solutions, because as you can see there is more to digestion than most of us realize…and our health depends on it!