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Detoxification and Cleansing—Overview


Cleansing and fasting are integral components to holistic healing. Poor liver function and impacted fecal waste can impair the colon's ability to maintain beneficial bacteria and properly digest minerals and vitamins (such as the important D-group), and may contribute to chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis and dermatitis.

Detox or detoxification is the removal of toxic substance s from the body. In conventional medicine, detox can also be achieved artificially by techniques such as dialysis and chelation therapy. In alternative practices detox encompasses colonic irrigation, nutritional supplementation, several varieties of herbal medicine, dietary therapy, fasting, juicing, probiotics and hydrotherapy. Many alternative medicine practitioners promote detoxification. There is currently some controversy as to the efficacy of detoxification as a medical practice. Notwithstanding, many reputable health practitioners (and DermaHarmony) stand behind the health benefits achieved from cleansing.

There are hundreds of choices when it comes to colon and liver cleansing diets, so you may have to do your homework in order to choose one that will be right for you. It is our belief that no single program works for everyone. Some detox programs are more difficult to implement and, therefore, best for highly motivated individuals. Others are too restrictive...and even dangerous, requiring consumption of only one food group or liquid.

The bottom line is that you need to find the program that best suits you and your lifestyle.

The Liver and Psoriasis

The liver is one of the hardest working organs in our bodies, yet people generally don't give it much thought until it's not working correctly. You may already be familiar with the adverse effect that alcohol can have on the liver, but did you know that many foods common in our modern diets can also negatively impact its health? Learn more >>

The Colon and Psoriasis

Recent studies have suggested that the health of the intestine and colon greatly affects psoriasis. "Leaky gut," also known as dysbiosis or intestinal permeability, is often associated with constipation, diarrhea, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). These imbalances may not only cause psoriasis to flare up, but also exacerbate a host of other autoimmune and inflammatory conditions. Learn more >>

Planning Your 21-Day DermaDetox

Before beginning the DermaDetox™ program, we have some suggestions for how to make the experience as beneficial and pleasant as possible. Our 21-day program is designed to help systematically clean out the colon for 7 days, push the liver to unload toxins for 7 days, then flush the colon of liver toxins again for 7 days. Learn more >>

The Herxheimer Reaction

Occasionally when undergoing a detoxification process, an individual may experience what is known as the "Herxheimer Reaction." This reaction occurs when the body detoxifies too rapidly, especially in cases where the system is particularly toxic. Some people may experience a number of symptoms while detoxing, including stomach upset, headaches, fatigue, and general malaise. Learn more >>


How We Help

At DermaHarmony, our goals are to educate chronic skin care suffers about dermatology, share what contributes to health and wellness, and support our readers in any way we can. Our programs promote healthy skin with nutritional supplements, topical treatments and dietary guidance. Learn more about our programs or call us toll-free at 1-800-827-3730. Our Support Desk is open 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. ET, Monday-Friday.

Our skin assessment is designed to help us get a better understanding of your symptoms and to make diet and lifestyle recommendations for you. It is simple, free, takes just five minutes to complete. Take our skin assessment.


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Principal Author: M. Smith, Nurse Practitioner
Date of Publication: 09/01/2006
Article Last Updated: 06/07/2011