Your Skin Is a Diagnosis Tool

Our appearance reflects our inner health. Very often, what we first see with skin, hair and nails is simply a reflection of inner imbalances.
— Ann Louise Gittleman, MS, CNS, Author of The Living Beauty Detox Program (Harper, San Francisco, 2000)

Deficiency and/or Toxicity Shows Up on the Face:

The skin is the last organ of the body to receive vitamins and minerals so chronic acne, pimples or dryness, for example, often signal nutritional deficiencies. Breakouts can also mean your body is being overloaded with toxins and certain organs may be working overtime to discharge them.

"Skin acts sometimes as a secondary elimination route for either the intestines or the liver, which are intimately connected with the removal of bodily waste," Gittleman says.

So if breakouts, patches, discoloration or irritation show up on the skin, take it as a sign something's out of balance. Either a cleanse is in order or a better diet!

5 Great Detoxifiers for Skin and Body:

  • Soft Clay
  • Algae
  • Sea salt
  • Antioxidants
  • Charcoal

According to Chinese medical philosophy, certain areas of the tongue reflect the health of internal organs:

Tip of the tongue: Heart, lungs
Center: Stomach, intestines
Roots: Kidneys
Sides: Liver, gallbladder

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The skin of certain parts of the body reflect the health of these internal organs:

Nose: Heart
Cheek: Lungs, stomach
Forehead: Intestines
Lips: Intestines
Chin: Reproductive organs
Under eyes: Kidneys
Between brows: Liver