Today It's more important than ever to detoxify harmful chemicals, pesticides and heavy metals due to the stressful conditions in which our food sources are created to meet current demands. Environmental toxins also play a big role in the increase of disease and poor health. For anyone who is truly interested in reclaiming their own health, one must assume some responsibility to do so. Yes we live in a toxic society so it behooves us to do our homework to find out what is workable and safe to consume that will help us resolve the condition that needs to be handled.
Certain medicines and herbs may not react well together and this is where your homework comes in. In this article I will do my best to give you the most accurate information I can but if you are unsure, consult a medical practitioner.
Here are lists of herbs that may help to detox and feed the body:
Wormwood- cleanses the colon of worms and also works as a mild sedative. (Should not be taken by women who are pregnant or nursing).
Black walnut husk- cleanses the intestines of parasites, helps in digestion, works well in fungal infections.
Cloves- Also aids in digestion, clears out parasites.
Cascara Sagrada- works as a laxative to help people who suffer from constipation, a great colon cleanser. (Do not use on a regular basis as it can be habit forming. Follow manufacturer instructions.)
Cayenne Pepper- a wonderful herb that does many things including; helps the heart, kidneys, lungs, stomach, aids in digestion and is good for sinus problems, colds and sore throats. Cayenne is rich in folic acid, vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6, vitamin A and C.
Burdock Root- is a very good blood cleanser and helps the immune system, helps the liver and gallbladder to function better. (Do not take iron and burdock at the same time. They cancel each other out).
Corn Silk- aids the intestines, bladder and kidneys. Corn silk is one of those herbs that work well in combination with other kidney cleansing herbs.
Milk Thistle- for liver problems this herb is a must. It restores liver cells and is a great antioxidant. Milk thistle also aids the kidney and digestive disorders.
Cats Claw- good for intestinal disorders and enhances white blood cell action. (Pregnant women should avoid cat’s claw).
Cranberry- great for the urinary tract as bacteria cannot survive in cranberry’s acidity.
Horsetail- contains silica which is absolutely necessary for bones, hair and skin. It’s wonderful for strengthening the heart. It flushes out toxins when taken with a lot of water.
Pau-d’arco – A very good blood cleanser, has antibacterial properties and strengthens the immune system.
Rosemary- Helps to prevent liver toxicity has anti-tumor properties and stimulates circulation and digestion.
Yellow dock- cleanses the blood, cleans the colon and is good for liver disease. Also good for all types of skin disorders.
Yerba mate- cleanses the blood, helps with allergies, constipation and inflammation.
Parsley- This herb does many good things for the body such as stops tumors from multiplying, helps the kidneys, bladder, stomach, liver and lungs. Helps the thyroid function better, helps in lowering blood pressure, aids in kidney and prostate conditions.
A good multi vitamin and mineral supplement is recommended to help reduce free radical damage and give important nutrients to the body. NOTE: minerals should be taken at a different time from vitamins because some minerals will cancel out some of the vitamins.
Intake of clean fresh water is vital in not only in the cleansing process, but also in necessary hydration for the body. This is so important that if you did nothing else than drink eight glasses of water per day, you would be much farther ahead. You would not expect a toilet to flush without water, so it is with your body. You need water to flush toxins and waste from the body.
Foods that help you detox and alkalize the body:
Most vegetable and fruit juices, preferably raw fresh organic made from a juicer.
Water and lots of it.
(vegetables and fruit that are acid forming are: Asparagus, brussel sprouts, chickpeas, cranberries, canned or glazed fruit).
To keep indoor air clean you can get a good ion air purifier and a good vacuum with a Hepa filter. (Spraying the air with perfumed air cleaner products is not recommended because it does not take pollutants out of the air).
Ionic foot baths are also good for helping the body to detox and assist in the reduction of pain of all sorts.
Negative ions are very beneficial for a body and are in abundance in forests, fast moving rivers and water falls or just strolling down the beach. (The footbath mimics this) Get out of the city once in a while and rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit and get well!
About the Author: Willie is a freelance writer, researcher who's own health problems prompted her to take responsibility for gaining as much information on health as possible and to share that knowledge with others. She is co-owner of http://www.cleanbodydetox.com a site that focuses on health.
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