Saturday, September 4, 2010

Trivia: Sources of Toxins

Society has evolved such that our ways of life has evolved from those of our ancestors. Nowadays, everything is polluted – air, water and indirectly, all living things. This has, in turn, resulted in a greater build up of toxins in our body, which then gives rise to troubled skin, sluggish energy levels and even poor health!

While it is widely known that the liver detoxifies the body by converting toxins into compounds to be expelled from the body, did you know that the skin is one of our eliminative organs? This means that the skin helps to expel toxins – such as heavy metals – from our body through our pores.

Conversely, using skincare that consists of chemicals may result in absorption of these toxins through the pores. This results in extra work for the liver! There are two main implications.

Elimination of toxins through the skin
One, pimple breakouts on the skin – also known as inflammation – are results of elimination of toxins. Even dark eye circles and puffy eyes are symptoms of skin detoxification! So if you have been experiencing these two symptoms for a prolonged period of time, you may want to embark on detoxification to ease the burden on your liver.

Absorption of toxins through the skin
Two, skincare can cause inflammation of the skin as well as affect the liver indirectly! Now, this suggests that we should switch to natural skincare instead. Sure, natural skincare may be more costly than the drugstore brands, but it is definitely more worthwhile in the long run.

Supplements can be toxic
Now, another source of toxins can be – gasp! – your intake of supplements! While supplements are always touted as an all-in-one, each individual requires different amounts of a specific nutrient. This means that common supplements such as Vitamin C or multivitamins may not contain the right amount as required by the body. A lesser amount equates to insufficiency in the body; a greater amount is unutilised and therefore remains in the body as toxins!

Sufficient research before purchases
Both skincare products and supplements can contribute to poor overall wellbeing, so purchase wisely!

It is good to detoxify the body once in a while too. Natural vegetable/juice supplements such as this are flushed out by the body daily, hence they do not remain in the body as toxins!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Green Food - Green Magma® Barley Grass Juice Powder

Green Magma® Barley Grass Juice Powder

I was on the look out for supplements that detoxify, as I suspected that my breakout was due to internal wellbeing, especially after reading Sesame’s article. Having been on Barley Grass Juice powder supplement for a few months now, I am glad to say that it has more than improved my complexion. It has also eased my stomach problems. Being an alkaline supplement, it has helped to neutralize the excess stomach acid, which is the main cause of my frequent stomach upsets.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Neroli Hydrosol - For Keeps!

With such unpredictable weather nowadays, it's no wonder that the flu bug is looming at every corner. I had a really bad sore throat, which worsened at an alarming rate. In an attempt to allay the onset of the flu,I tried many traditional remedies like  honey water, pi pa gao, salt water etc. These, however, only managed to sooth my poor throat that was so sore.

Then I remembered my Neroli hyrdosol - which I had previously blogged about at here! My throat was already very inflammed by then and I intended to visit the doctor the next day already. But I sprayed it on my neck, patted it in and repeated these steps a couple of times before I slept. Alas! My sore throat recovered in 2 nights.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Natural Shampoo - EO Natural

Haul arrived in July: (From left to right) EO Shampoo & Conditioner,
Liquid African Black Soap, Neroli Hydrosol, AHA Creme Cleanser,
Sunflower Oil, Kiss My Face Lip Balm

Now, since my supervisor was asking me for recommendations for a shampoo suitable for sensitive scalp, I'll blog about it as well.

I have been trying the EO Natural range of shampoos for the past few months. EO Natural is a manufacturer of both haircare and skincare products, originating from California, US. The best thing about natural haircare products is that they are safe to be used even on the scalp! Their haircare range includes French Lavender, Rosemary & Mint, Rose & Chamomile, Sweet Orange, Chamomile & Honey.