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How Yoga Boosts Beauty*
This article was emailed to me and I really enjoyed it.  I wanted to share it with you and if you have any questions after reading it, please contact me...via my contact page. *The article was on the website  It was written by Shellie Terry Benson.  I have also included a response to the article, from Veronica Barton Schwartz, Founder of Veronica Malibu.
You probably know that yoga is good for improving your flexibility, muscle tone and stress levels, but did you also know that it benefits the look and health of your skin?  Here's one compelling reason to incorporate a few sessions into your exercise routine, whether you do a few poses at home every day or take a class at the gym.
If you're trying to detox by eliminating processed foods, cutting out alcohol or simply adding more fresh fruits and veggies into your diet with the goal of clear and brighter skin, then it's important to know how it works.  If you have toxins in your system, chances are, many of them are stored in your skin unless they have been eliminated by your internal organs.
When exposed to toxins, particularly the environmental kind, your skin becomes more vulnerable to the effects of free radicals, a main culprit in premature aging.  Your skin detoxifies itself through perspiration, and, in fact, your skin's sweat glands can perform as much detoxification as your liver.
Yoga helps the process because it improves your blood circulation...and makes you sweat.  Through improved blood circulation and sweat, you're aiding the effects of any nutritional detoxing you may be doing.
Poses that incorporate sitting twists or forward bends are particularly helpful in engaging the internal organs, as well.  Be sure to drink lots of water to replenish yourself and flush out the toxins.
The response from Veronica Barton Schwartz:
The best way to detox is to reduce saturated fats, refined sugars, and other high glycemic carbohydrates from your diet.  Certain foods cause inflammation and water retention.  This can lead to premature aging, obesity, and other health issues.
There are three main systems of the body that play a crucial role in elimination of wastes - circulatory, digestive and lymph.  Most forms of vigorous exercise stimulate all three systems of elimination to some extent, thereby helping the body in its quest to cleanse and detox.  But yoga, with its focus on systematically stretching and compressing every part of the body, is particularly well-suited to keeping waste-removal departments of the body functioning well.
Yogic breathing also plays an important role in promoting detoxification.  Sitting with poor posture impedes lungs from inflating fully, and our chronic state of low-grade stress often leads to a clenched diaphragm.  As a result, we don't take in as much life-sustaining oxygen as we inhale, or expel as much of the potentially hazardous carbon dioxide when we exhale.  Yogic breathing helps clear out carbon dioxide from the lung tissue, stimulates the organs of digestion and can, over time, retrain the diaphragm to move freely.  When the diaphragm moves with its natural fluidity, the abdominal organs are massaged and the lungs are fully emptied with every breath, not just the ones you take on the yoga mat.
To help your body keep up with the heavy demands of our stressful lives and the nutrient-poor modern diet, yoga can help your body detox.
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