Balanced Living » Nov./Dec. ‘14
So how else can we assist our body to detoxify through our skin? We can aid the body in eliminating toxins externally by many methods. Activities that boost circulation and cause you to perspire aid this process and include things like exercise, massage, detoxifying baths, or saunas.
For centuries, perhaps millennia, people have sought to detoxify the body by soaking in mineral waters. A simple at-home recipe you can try for your bath uses a combination of salts recognized for their cleansing and mineralizing properties. According to the Epsom Salt Council, “When magnesium sulfate is absorbed through the skin, such as in a bath, it draws toxins from the body, sedates the nervous system, reduces swelling, relaxes muscles, is a natural emollient, exfoliator, and much more.”
Caution: Do not take hot baths and salt baths (including Epsom salt baths) if you have heart trouble, high blood pressure, or are diabetic.
This combination added to a hot bath for no more than a twenty-minute soak will soothe and relax sore muscles and is best just before bed. Recipe: 1 cup sea salt, 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup Epsom salts.
Heat your oven to the lowest setting for a couple minutes, turn it off, and spray with the cleaner. Wait for the enzymes to do their thing for about ten minutes then scrub with a wet spirinett (silver scrubby thing) and finish by wiping the oven out with our enviro cloth (small blue sample cloth).
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Conventional Cotton Stats—Scary!
It can take almost a 1/3 pound of synthetic fertilizers to grow one pound of raw cotton in the US, and it takes just under one pound of raw cotton to make one t-shirt. Fifty-five million pounds of pesticides were sprayed on the 12.8 million acres of conventional cotton grown in the U.S. in 2003 (4.3 pounds/acre), ranking cotton third behind corn and soybeans in total amount of pesticides sprayed. (USDA) Over 2.03 billion pounds of synthetic fertilizers were applied to conventional cotton in 2000 (142 pounds/acre), making cotton the fourth most heavily fertilized crop behind corn, winter wheat, and soybeans. (USDA)
Aluminum in Deodrants
What it is: One of the most common elements in our environment and the world’s most common metal, it is used for many things, including our personal care products.
What it does: It restricts the sweat from releasing through your underarms, this letting you remain odor-free. However, in that process, the antiperspirant is absorbed by your body, aluminum included. The toxins that should be releasing themselves from your body go back in and are absorbed.
Problems with this include: a suspected link between Alzheimer’s disease and toxicity of aluminum” (The World Health Organization, 1993), and it may be linked to problems with the sweat glands and lymph glands in and around underarms.
What can you do about it? The biggest thing you can do to control the scent of what comes out of your body is to alter what you put into it. Foods that cause foul odors include: large quantities of red meat (causes stagnation) and highly processed dietary foods lacking in fiber but high in white flour, sugar, and hydrogenated oils. Foods that help: plant-based foods like whole grains, leafy greens, fresh fruits, sprouts, raw nuts and seeds, healthy oils, parsley, cilantro, celery, mint, and the aromatic herbs sage, rosemary, thyme, and oregano. The chlorophyll and other phytonutrients cleanse from the inside out.
Eliminate or reduce problem-causing foods and increase natural foods and you might still sweat when you’re hot and overworked — but you might not smell so bad when you do.