Skin is an external reflection of how your body is functioning internally. A key consideration to ensure healthy, radiant skin is minimising the build up of toxins and wastes within the body by supporting their removal. There are various organs within the body that are responsible for eliminating waste, including the skin. However, if any of these channels of elimination are not functioning optimally, skin problems may occur as toxins and waste products accumulate within the body and place additional stress on the skin.
The good news is that there are natural products to improve the way in which these elimination channels work, improving the appearance of your skin from the inside out.
What are the Channels of Elimination?
Your body has five major channels of elimination which are responsible for clearing waste products out of the body:
The digestive system
The lymphatic system
Congestion in any of these channels can result in other channels having to work harder to ensure adequate elimination of waste from the body. Embarrassing skin conditions such as acne, dermatitis, eczema or psoriasis may occur as a result of the skin being over burdened by metabolic waste, and can be difficult to treat if this underlying issue isn't addressed.
Cleaning Out the Gutters & Pipes
Traditionally, various herbal medicines have been used to support waste and toxin removal by improving the function of various channels of elimination. For instance, cleavers (Galium aparine), burdock (Arctium lappa), nettle (Urtica dioica), red clover (Trifolium Pratense), and fenugreek (Trigonella spp) have been used traditionally to support healthy lymphatic function.
The lymphatic system is a network of small, thin vessels that are primarily responsible for transporting immune cells around the body and draining fluid and wastes from the body tissues. Supporting healthy lymphatic function decreases the toxic burden and can result in healthier, more vibrant skin.
In addition to healthy lymphatic drainage, having a properly functioning digestive system and moving your bowels regularly is an integral part of achieving healthy skin. Dandelion Root (Taraxacum officinale), licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), german chamomile (Matricaria reticulata), cascara (Rhamnus purshianus), cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia), aniseed (Pimpinella anisum) and rhubarb (Rheum officinale) are herbs that have been traditionally used to support healthy digestive function and can assist with clearance of waste from the bowel. Without regular bowel movements, waste and toxins can recirculate within the body and negatively affect skin health.
Contact a qualified health practitioner like myself, if you are wanting more information on how you can achieve a healthy glowing skin through a tailor-made wellness plan.