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Three Overlooked Steps to Vibrant Health

If I told you it was to detox, you'd most likely agree.  We all know this is a toxic world we live in. But what if I told you the most overlooked part of detox is skincare?  Every other advertisement or commercial seems to be for some kind of cosmetic, cleanser or shampoo. We, women, especially are very focused on keeping ourselves looking young and beautiful. And there isn't a thing in the world wrong with wanting to look our best – I just think we are overlooking a truly critical aspect.

Whatever you breathe, eat, drink, or put on your skin eventually ends up in your bloodstream. And the Bible is clear in Leviticus 17:11 that “the life is in the blood.” It ALL begins there. Your blood supplies your cells with nourishment in order to survive. However it will also circulate whatever toxins you are exposed to.

To clarify that illustration even more consider that putting just one tablespoon of lotion on your skin each day over a five-year period is equivalent to 7 gallons of toxins in your body! According to a statistic from the Campaign for Save Cosmetics, we are exposed to more than 126 chemicals in personal care products. In other words, you can do bowel, kidney and liver cleanses constantly, but you may still be exposing yourself to toxins daily if you overlook your skin, your largest organ of elimination.

So many people are sensitive to or gluten intolerant today. But did you realize that even your cosmetics can contain gluten and affect your efforts to eliminate it from your diet?

Your blood can be like a fresh, freely flowing spring that nourishes every cell of your body, or it can become more like a stagnant, toxic muddy river poisoning you. The good news is you have control over that to a great degree. None of us can avoid toxins totally since we live in a toxic world.

However, there are three things we can do to lessen that toxic load.

First is to eat, drink and use on our skin only products we know are pure and will truly nourish our bodies at the cellular level. With all the genetically engineered foods and fake, processed, packaged things that pass for real food, we have to intentionally make good nutritional choices. .

Second is to periodically cleanse and detoxify our bodies to enable them to function optimally. There are many ways to do this and it is not as difficult or complicated as you may think. By the way, this also includes detoxing our spirits and souls by cleansing toxic beliefs, thoughts, feelings, emotions and relationships.

Third we also must be diligent about the quality of the cosmetics and personal care products we put on our skin. I encourage you to carefully examine the ingredients in your skin and body care products to be sure you are not cancelling out your efforts without even realizing it.

It’s step one of all my coaching plans because until you detox, healing doesn’t happen.

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Comment by Ann Musico on September 25, 2012 at 3:13am

Thanks you Deborah and Christopher. 

Comment by Debbie W. Wilson on September 24, 2012 at 3:35pm

Ann, this is a powerful reminder to to guard not only what goes inside but on our skin. Thanks.

Comment by Christopher Battles on September 24, 2012 at 3:24pm

Thank you Ann.

I like the analogy of a stagnant pond.  Great example to share.

Speaking of water, it has been over an hour since I last ate so time for a large glass of water. :)

I occasionally use and want to start using more of this lotion I got from Trader Joe's as guys on average get pretty weathered looking arms.  I know many lotions out there have a lot of garbage in them, but ingredients wise this looked straight forward.

K, bye

Comment by Ann Musico on September 24, 2012 at 11:38am

Carol - it's great that you found this product.  I will definitely make a note so I can recommend it in the future.  Thanks for sharing it.

Comment by Carol Howell on September 24, 2012 at 11:06am

I am one of those folks allergic to a ton of things.  I am actually allergic to sunscreen.  When you are as fair complexioned as I am, that can be a problem.  I finally found a great product that does not cause a reaction AND protects me from the sun.  It is made by Advocare, and I recommend it highly.  Now I don't look like a tomato because I was either in the sun or had a reaction from the sunscreen.  I agree with you Ann.  Don't take the easy way out.  Spend some time thinking about what we put in and ON our bodies.  

Comment by Ann Musico on September 24, 2012 at 10:25am

Thanks Seth.  It is amazing.

Comment by Seth Haigh on September 24, 2012 at 10:14am

I'm always amazed how adding a little perspective can change how we view things like our health. Like 7 Gallons of toxins...wow!

Good stuff
- Seth

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