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A New Year and a Fresh Start!

We all have our challenges in life. The process of going through medical school, residency and starting a practice and the concept of balance are diametrically opposed! We face the same challenges as everyone else of trying to get balance into our lives.
Our greatest gift, our greatest asset is our health! So, how do we keep it, maintain it, restore it? We give it what it needs. If you keep a plant in a dark cabinet it will soon die from lack of light. If you fail to give it enough water (even a cactus needs an occasional shower!) it will die. If the leaves get dusty and dirty it will suffocate.
My alma mater from undergraduate days has as our motto Spiritus, Mens, Corpus — Spirit, Mind, Body. This is an excellent starting point for considering the process of change and a new start. All three elements Spirit, Mind and Body are critical to our wellbeing. All must be in synergy for optimal health. Is your spirit willing to change? Does your mind believe it can change? Then put your body in motion.
This year we will be exploring many topics and issues, detoxification is first on the list!
You probably have already seen multiple approaches to detoxification. Food programs, expensive packages of pills and potions, sweating, steaming and more. Our first step will be the skin.
The skin is one of the largest organs in the body. It is a key route for the elimination of wastes and if clogged, dry and not functioning well, you will not be getting rid of wastes effectively. More on the skin, it’s structure and many functions in another blog.
Our first step in building a healing lifestyle is to cleanse the skin. The first step in cleansing the skin is to be sure you drink enough water. If you are dehydrated, your skin will be dry and not work well. The second is to add dry skin brushing to your daily routine. The third is to stop putting things on your skin that contain toxic ingredients.
For a step by step description of dry skin brushing description see:
http://synergyhealthcare.org/foundations-of-healing/cleansing-and-detoxification/skin-brushing/
Finish by taking a shower and if you choose, use cold/hot therapy to further stimulate the lymphatic system and improve circulation.
Watch the changes that will take place in your skin after you have done this for a month! As little as five minutes a day can add a great boost to your health!
Dr. Anette