Many people are not aware that their skin is an organ of the body. It is, in fact, the largest organ in the body, and it has two main functions – one is to help regulate body temperature and the other is elimination.
The skin is the best way the body has to rid itself of excess internal body heat in order to cool down and, in turn, the body will produce sweat in order to cool the skin.
The second process – elimination – is unknown to many. The skin eliminates toxins from the body by way of secretary glands, and uses the process of elimination as a backup system in two different situations. The first is when the body is eliminating toxins and it needs to eliminate them faster than the rate at which it is currently eliminating through bowel and bladder functions and exhalation of breath.
The second example of the process of elimination through the skin acting as a backup system for the body is when one is constipated. In this situation, the body is not able to eliminate toxins at all through bowel movements so toxins are passed out of the body through the skin.
Eliminating toxins through the skin when the body is constipated will often result in rashes at the areas where there is a high amount of toxins passing through the skin’s surface causing irritations. This is the cause of most skin rashes, as people who suffer from chronic skin rashes usually have underlying digestive disorders. In these instances, applying lotions to the skin will do very little for the rash – we will discuss that more in an upcoming article.
So next time your skin gets hot and sweaty, relax and let the skin do its job of cooling you down and getting rid of toxins.