Inner Beauty IS Skin Deep

by
Dr. Ariel Thorpe

There has been a recent push in social media and society to embrace body positivity: accepting the appearance of every body as beautiful. While this is a step away from the damaging trend of looking at people only superficially and being highly critical of someone's value based on their outward appearance, there are some drawbacks to this approach. From a biological standpoint, we must recognize that there are certain body signals we must accept and, yes, use judgement on, in order to assess the health of an individual. For example, there are certain skin appearances that show up with diabetes, indicating the need to do further testing. Likewise, hyper- or hypothyroid function is often first ruled in as a possible diagnosis based on skin, body fat, and hair symptoms. Heart disease can sometimes be ruled in using fingernail appearance. While it is imperative that clinicians maintain their vigilance with using all available methods of assessing a person's health status, it is equally important that people recognize their own bodies as master communicators. We are constantly receiving signals from our bodies and if we brush those signals off in favor of just accepting that our bodies look the way they look, we are ignoring a vital part of our checks and balances system in order to not only survive but create health.

At Atlas we educate our clients on the importance of recognizing the three major stressors that affect our bodies and cause subluxations. A subluxation is a mechanical dysfunction of a joint that causes interference to the nervous system and impairs the body's ability to heal, repair, and recover. The three major stressors are physical, emotional, and chemical. Physical stressors include sports injuries or more insidious traumas like poor phone posture for a prolonged period of time. Emotional stressors include strained relationships between employee and boss or financial uncertainty. Chemical stressors include breathing scented candles and perfumes or using cosmetics with toxic ingredients.

Obvious symptoms of chemical stressors can be skin blemishes, acne, rashes, excess adipose (fat) tissue, dry skin, and eczema. These symptoms are not normal and can be eliminated by addressing the initial chemical stressors.

In order to avoid subluxations, we must be diligent with managing the stressors that may affect us. When it comes to chemical stressors, we can take simple and effective steps to keep our bodies toxin-free. By removing harmful chemicals from our bodies and environments, we can avoid the stress that causes subluxations. Try these tips to create a beautiful body, inside and out:

  • Avoid toxic skincare products. Unsure what's toxic?¬†Search the product on Environmental Working Group's website www.ewg.org. They have an easy rating system to assess the toxicity of shampoo, lotion, make up, and more.
  • Try natural skincare like The Lab of Vegan Beaute (www.thelabofveganbeaute.com). Read the ingredients list and then compare to some of the bigger names and you'll see the difference.
  • Breathe clean air through your mouth and skin by putting air-cleaning plants in your home and using an air purifier.
  • Eat real, whole foods. Read the ingredients on the packaged food you buy. If you don't know what an ingredient is, google it or ask your chiropractor about it. Toxic build up in the skin can start with the food we put in our mouths.
  • Drink plenty of clean water to help your detox organs do their job.
  • Exercise enough and vigorously enough to make yourself sweat. This is an essential detox function for our body and skin.
  • Get adjusted by your chiropractor. Your body must be in excellent communication in order to take in the nutrients it needs and release the toxins it doesn't need.

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