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Natural Detox Through Herbs

Thursday, August 08, 2013   by: SooToday.com Staff

When most people think of detoxification, they think of crash diets like the Master Cleanse and other short-term fixes. But detoxification is something that happens in your body everyday: it’s the basic function of the liver and the kidneys. However, our bodies haven’t evolved for the modern diet yet, and as a consequence, many people report feeling sluggish and tired, even if they’re eating “right.” A few simple, natural additions to your diet can help to remove toxins from the body more quickly, helping to speed you up and improve mental clarity.

Basil

Basil aids in detoxification as a potent diuretic. By encouraging frequent elimination, the kidneys are able to push toxins through the genitourinary system, rather than introduce unhealthy materials into the bloodstream.

Garlic

Two of the basic building blocks of garlic are allicin and germanium. Both of these organic compounds improve the function of our. Allicin is an antibiotic and can work as a disinfectant, and studies have demonstrated that germanium helps to prevent cancer. As a detoxifying herb, garlic is known to aid in the production of white cells, which helps the immune system function more quickly.

Hemp

Hemp has increased in popularity recently – you can find hemp milk and food made with hemp. Not just for twine and purses any longer, hemp is a powerful detoxifying agent because it contains Vitamin C and E, antioxidants necessary for a body’s health. In addition, hemp is made of chlorophyll, which aids in the removal of heavy metals from the digestive system.

Fenugreek

This fun-to-say herb helps to thin less-fun-to-say bile in the liver. Bile is used to digest fats, from saturated fat to olive oil, which allows fat-soluble vitamins to enter the bloodstream. When toxins make their way through the body, many stay in the intestines, thickening the mucus. More toxin is able to make its way to the liver, and thickens bile. Thickened bile allows fat to move through the liver undigested, which prevents the liver from doing its job as a detoxifying organ, and prevents the digestion of fat-soluble vitamins. An increase in fenugreek helps to thin out this mucus to help in the removal of fat-soluble vitamins.

Ginger

Asian countries have known about the detoxifying power of ginger for years. The herb helps to increase circulation, and cleanses the digestive tract and kidneys, making it easier for the body to quickly eliminate dangerous toxins.

Turmeric

Turmeric is similar to fenugreek in that both are used to thin mucus. However, turmeric acts on the mucus of the intestines. When mucus is thickened by toxins in the gut, the digestive system is unable to digest vitamins or prepare waste for elimination. Consequently, many people suffer from recurrent diarrhea or constipation. By thinning out this mucus, the body is able to digest normally again.

Lemon

Not technically an herb, but used as a seasoning ingredient nonetheless, both lemon peel and juice are packed with Vitamin C, which helps to fight off sickness. More importantly, lemons can be used as an alkalinizing agent which helps to burn fat. As toxins are frequently stored in fat if they can’t be processed and eliminated quickly enough, lemon juice helps to decrease the fat available for storage.

 

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