How can I get beautiful skin using natural healing methods?

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Answered by: Lisa, An Expert in the Skin Care - General Category
Natural Beauty - Cleansing from the Inside Out

by Lisa Armstrong, M.Ed.

Every spring, flowers herald a time of renewal, and the sun's light and warmth replenish us. This season is also a great time to "spring clean" for ultimate natural beauty. Just as nature removes the traces of winter with wind and rain, a natural healing approach can help you get rid of toxins in the body. But how can you tell if you really need to detoxify? Here are some clues:

• Do you feel more fatigued than usual?

• Do you have allergies that won’t go away?

• Do you use coffee or other caffeinated beverages to get through the day?

• Is your skin not as clear as it once was?

• Do you have digestive problems, like gas or constipation?

If you answered "yes" to some of these questions, you're probably a candidate for detoxification. Taking time to internally cleanse your body will result in increased vitality that translates to looking better, too. Natural healing methods usually start with the liver, the body's major detoxification organ. When the liver is working efficiently and effectively, other organs follow along. Keep in mind that any detoxification plan is best done under the supervision of a health or wellness professional:

Colon Hydrotherapy - A safe and effective method of flushing out toxic wastes, colon hydrotherapy infuses filtered water into the large intestine through the rectum.

Naturopathy - Naturopathy increases the healing response within so that the body becomes healthier and more vital.

Nutrition - By adding fresh fruits like blueberries and oranges, along with vegetables such as leafy greens to your diet, you can activate the enzymes in the liver that promote your natural detoxification process.

Yoga - Yoga encourages beneficial circulation of blood and lymph fluids, and enhances your digestion. It also alleviates nervous tension, strengthens the endocrine system, and reduces excess body fat.

Aromatherapy - Entering the bloodstream through your skin, essential oils are carried to all parts of the body through massage or in a bath. These complex substances have a direct effect on the body, mind, and spirit.

Here are some quick and easy ways to improve your diet and your skin as well as to enhance your natural beauty:

• Eat a banana every day - it's the equivalent of two servings of other types of fruit.

• Substitute water for at least two cups of coffee or tea. Drink eight 8 oz. glasses of water, or three 20-oz. bottles of water, daily.

• Cook without salt for a week - you may need less than you think!

• Switch to low fat or skim milk, or add yogurt to your diet.

• Add an extra portion of steamed green vegetables such as kale, spinach to your evening meal.

• Drink only raw, fresh juices for a half-day to a day.

Capture your natural beauty in any season by using natural healing methods, strengthening your body and easing its ability to cleanse and heal itself.

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