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Herbs for Detoxification

The liver, kidney and colon function as elimination organs, ridding the body of toxins and waste. Toxins develop from both dietary and environmental sources and are frequently absorbed through the digestive system. Signs of toxins include fatigue, constipation, low immunity, hormone imbalance, nausea, skin problems and poor circulation. Using natural substances, such as foods and herbs, can rid the body of toxins and restore it to optimal health.
 
Liver Detoxification
The liver is an important organ that performs many vital roles in the body. It functions in energy production, blood-sugar regulation and hormone regulation, and converts toxic substances to nontoxic forms, which are then excreted through the kidneys. Herbal supplements provide natural methods for detoxification. Milk thistle increases the production of antioxidants that protect liver tissue and regenerate damaged tissue. Dandelion root, kelp, burdock root and turmeric aid in cleansing the body and protect against toxins.
 
Kidney Detoxification
The kidneys are bean-shaped organs that process blood to sift out waste products and expel excess water. Turmeric is an overall body cleanser. A diet containing cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and cabbage, aids in detoxification. Adequate protein intake aids in detoxification of the kidneys as well.
 
Colon Detoxification
“Health begins in the colon” is a common statement among health practitioners. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, brown rice and legumes provides fiber that naturally cleanses the colon. Natural products that can assist in colon cleansing include cascara sagrada bark, senna, psyllium hulls, garlic, ginger root and black walnut hulls.
 
Borotutu Bark
Borotutu bark is by far one of the most powerful substances when it comes to liver cleansing and digestive system support. It has even shown promise in combating biliary colic, and jaundice. It’s also important to note that this herb contains powerful antioxidants which are known to help protect your liver cells from serious damage.
 
Milk Thistle Seed
Milk thistle has been used for over two thousand years due to its remarkable effects on the liver and gallbladder. Galen and Pliny, the ancient philosophers recognized and used the power of milk thistle for liver cleansing and support. Milk thistle helps with the detoxification of poisons such as alcohol, regeneration of damaged liver tissue, stimulation of bile production, and improved digestion.
 
Chanca Piedra
The indigenous people of the amazon have used chanca piedra for centuries to promote the body’s natural elimination of liver, gallbladder and kidney stones. It also stimulates the liver to purge itself of harmful toxins and foreign particles. Chanca piedra soothes the liver, increases bile production, and reduces the formation of calcified stones in the body.
 
Greater Celandine
The ancient greeks and romans considered celandine to be one of the most powerful liver cleansing herbs. Maurice Mességué the famous french herbalist used greater celandine for all liver problems. Celandine stimulates enzyme production from the pancreas, helps the liver eliminate foreign particles, stimulates the production of bile, helps relieve gallbladder spasms and improves a sluggish liver.
 
Chicory Root
Known for its vibrant blue flowers, chicory is also a medicinal herb celebrated for its ability to help cleanse the liver. Ancient Roman, Persian, Arabian, and Indian physicians used chicory leaves and root to aid against a slew of liver ailments including jaundice, gallbladder and liver stones, urinary stones, constipation, indigestion, depression, and headaches.
 
Dandelion Root
This humble weed—often hacked to bits by lawn care workers—is a liver cleanser that has been celebrated throughout the ages. Dandelion root stimulates bile flow from the liver, and is often used by herbalists to help fight fatty liver, cirrhosis, estrogen dominance, and even acne.
 
Organic Turmeric
This yellow root—a cousin of ginger—is a powerful liver protector and even liver cell regenerator. It not only helps stimulate enzymes responsible for flushing out toxins (including known carcinogens) from the body, but UCLA research found that turmeric is capable of combating the effects of carcinogens.
 
Peppermint
Peppermint isn’t just for fresh breath. This herb stimulates bile flow and relaxes bile ducts, helping to break down fats. It also helps reduce bad cholesterol, which makes the liver’s job of filtering toxins easier. Peppermint also inhibits blockages in the kidney and gallbladder and calms the stomach for optimal digestion.
 
Yellow Dock Root
This herb is known as a blood purifier and commonly used to cleanse toxins from the body. Yellow dock helps break down fatty foods by stimulating bile production, enhancing normal liver detoxification, improving the flow of digestive juices, helping the liver eliminate toxins, and has mild diuretic effects to help flush out harmful substances. It also helps reduce irritation of the liver and digestive system.
 
 
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