Sadly, not everybody who needs to undergo detoxification has access to a Chinese practitioner, or the 5,000-year-old Ayurvedic medical system, or even a modern-day naturopath or homeopath. These alternative medicines have been around for thousands of years and have stood the test of time. We Westerners, on the other hand, do not have a track record from which to speak. As a matter of fact, I'm certain that no medical doctor has ever cured anybody of anything. We rely on band aides; we mask the symptoms; we want immediate gratification. As a result, the medical industry has become a multi-billion dollar enterprise. Most tried and true medicines are based on common sense. Yikes! What a concept.
One of the things that my husband's Chinese doctor told us to eliminate from our daughter's diet was monosodium glutamate (MSG). This turned out to be, what I believe, the most beneficial change to her diet that I could recommend.
MSG is a huge subject, too vast to go into detail here. But I will tell you that MSG causes so many problems. First of all, in its most innocent form, MSG is a salt or flavor enhancer and preservative. I'm sure that used in moderation it is probably harmless, but in this country it is never utilized in moderation.
It is important to know that almost every fast food restaurant uses MSG. I will even go out on a limb to say that they all use MSG whether they know it or not. The reason why I say this is because MSG is hidden in food flavorings. Business owners are not necessarily ingredient savvy, so they would not be inclined to dig deep into the ingredients in their products. Furthermore, the only time a label is required to disclose the use of MSG is when it is used solely as an MSG ingredient. This same disclosure applies to supermarket labels. In other words, if MSG happens to be among the list of ingredients in a food flavoring, then the words monosodium glutamate need not appear on the label.
MSG is a toxin that can be found in all synthetic chemicals including autolyzed yeast, Brewers Yeast, nutritional yeast, and carrageenan. Detoxification from MSG will cause a lot of health issues to diminish, including psoriasis. MSG is an exitotoxin that crosses the blood-brain barrier and can cause neurons in the brain to become over stimulated and die. MSG's toxicity is cumulative, so even if you do not react to it immediately or notice anything after its consumption, it is still causing problems. You might want to try detox product like
A second leading cause of psoriasis eruptions is
chlorine. Chlorine is a powerful chemical. It is in our
water supply. Therefore, not only are we consuming chlorine every time we take a drink of water or cook with tap water, but our skin is absorbing it each and every time we take a bath or shower or go swimming. Therefore, we want to reduce the amount of exposure to chlorinated water. You'll want to get yourself as good a water purification system as you can afford. There are no shortages of good ones on the market, so if you can afford the best, by all means splurge. I buy from
Aquasana. Their products are the very best I could find for my money. Plus they will automatically send replacement filters at a reduced rate and free shipping.
I learned that baking soda, when added to bath water, will neutralize or prevent the absorption of chlorine, which aggravates psoriasis. Plus, baking soda is a natural cleanser, and it assists in the detoxification process. My daughter has not graduated to taking showers, and I like to take long, leisurely baths, so I buy my baking soda in bulk. This way, I can use it to clean the bathtub and many other household areas instead of harmful chemicals. Sometimes I add a cup of
Epsom Salts to my bath water to really accelerate the detoxification process.
Detoxification baths should be done on a routine basis.
A third cause of psoriasis is sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate: used as a surfactant (to make foamy) in various products, such as shampoos, bubble bath, and toothpaste. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has deemed this product as a penetration enhancer, which causes an alteration in skin structure, allowing other chemicals to penetrate deeper into the skin, thereby increasing the amount of other chemicals that reach the bloodstream. Listed on labels as: sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium lauryl ether sulfate, anhydrous sodium lauryl sulfate, irium. Detoxification from these chemicals will provide quick relief. I
check my products at a Web site that conducts rigorous testing of cosmetics and other health and beauty products.
Think about the powerful chemical products that I mentioned above. If you are a psoriasis sufferer whose skin is fighting like crazy to eliminate all the ingested toxins and external toxins, wouldn't your skin eventually lose the detoxification battle? Psoriasis is the overwhelming affects of severe toxicity.