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Herbs for Internal Cleansing and Detoxing
Feeling Tired, Bloated, and Dull?
With the holiday season in full swing, it’s only a matter of time before all of the sweets and treats we’re indulging in start to catch up leaving us feeling bloated, sluggish, and dull.
While New Year’s resolutions to work-out more and eat healthy are fantastic ways to backtrack a little on holiday gluttony, adding some detoxifying herbs to your diet will help your body cleanse itself gently, boost your metabolism and get you started off on the right foot towards better health and more energy!
Mother Nature's Detoxifiers
There is a virtual cornucopia of herbs and foods that naturally help your body detox on a cellular level without having you running for the loo every few minutes. Taking them as tinctures, teas, or even in a smoothie help your organs gently cleanse and go back to working at optimal levels.
Some of my favorite, tried and true, detoxifying herbs are cilantro, dandelion root, burdock root, turmeric, and milk thistle.
Cilantro is not only a delicious add-on to your favorite Mexican dish, it also happens to be a powerful detoxifier. When used regularly, cilantro is extremely effective in helping the body rid itself of damaging heavy metals such as mercury, aluminum, and lead, that normally accumulate in our organs and tissues. Cilantro contains high levels of cleansing properties that bind to heavy metals and aid your body in disposing of them. Also, full of antioxidants, calcium, potassium, manganese, Vitamins, A, B, and C, as well as abundant phtytonutrients, this delicious green herb is nothing short of being a perfect super food.
Dandelion Root has been used for hundreds of years in aiding those suffering from constipation, skin eruptions, and other signs of a body too overloaded with toxins. Dandelion root is full of Vitamin C and luteolin which are very effective at supporting healthy liver function and which also aid in healthy bowel movements and bile production. Dandelion root has also been shown to be effective in purifying the bladder, blood, and kidneys, ease bloating, regulate blood sugar, and improve blood circulation while also helping your skin stay clear. All of those amazing benefits make dandelion root one hard working, all-in-one detoxifier.
This member of the daisy family, has also been used for generations to aid the body in purging itself of toxins. From Great Britain to Taiwan, burdock root has been hailed as one of nature’s great detox agents and has been shown to promote clear skin, purify the blood, alleviate liver toxicity issues, and due to its high anti-inflammatory properties has been used successfully to treat eczema, and psoriasis. Burdock root contains high levels of inulin which are extremely beneficial for optimal liver function, as well as is a diuretic which aids your body in releasing toxins naturally. Burdock root also contains mucilage which helps soothe gastrointestinal discomfort and bloating, and can be used as a gentle laxative.
Turmeric has been hailed as the “King of Spices” in India, and has been well known to offer highly effective levels of anti-inflammatories, aiding in everything from digestion, healthy skin, immune system boosting, blood purification, alleviation of arthritis, and as a liver detoxifier. The main chemical component of turmeric is curcumin which is a powerful antioxidant and which helps keep the liver clean by filtering toxins and stimulating the organ’s natural detoxing process. As an added bonus, turmeric is also delicious and aromatic and is wonderful in soups, teas, and other warm dishes.
Milk thistle has been used historically in the treatment of liver ailments in Europe. Recently, more research has been done on this herb showing its efficacy in protecting the liver and is actually used in many European countries to help counteract liver damage done by alcohol abuse and hepatitis. This herb’s high content of silymarin, which is a powerful bioflavonoid complex, has been shown in several studies to help protect the liver and tissues from oxidative damage from free radicals and even casual alcohol consumption. It also aids in the liver’s natural ability to cleanse and regenerate itself.
To Good Health!
While eating healthy and exercising are great ways to keep your body working optimally, there are always times when we’re going to indulge in foods that aren’t the most wholesome, we’re also exposed on a daily basis to toxins and pollutants in the air we breathe and items that we come into contact with…all of which accumulate and can make it difficult for our bodies to keep up with.
Using these beneficial, naturally detoxifying herbs give our organs the extra support they so often need to keep things running as smoothly and cleanly as possible. Here’s to good health and a happy Holiday Season!