Detox For Better Health
Toxic substances are everywhere. They are found in the air we breathe, the food that we eat and the water that we drink. Microbes in our intestines are known to produce toxins. The health of an individual is largely determined by the ability of the body to detoxify.
Our body has a host of methods to get rid of the toxic materials produced by various organs. In a healthy body, the kidneys, liver, lymphatic system, colon and skin effectively clear toxins.
However, aging, stress, medications and other external factors can very often cause the natural detoxification pathways of the body to be sluggish.
An occasional detox plan can be very beneficial to rejuvenate or speed healing processes of the body. Do a deep detox once a week, fortnightly or every month. Some feel more comfortable on a four times a year, or twice a year detox. Listen to your body and let it guide you in making a decision.
How To Detox?
Increase Fresh Water Intake
Clean water is important to ‘flush’ the body of toxins. This is achieved through the action of the kidneys. Drink between ten to twelve glasses of purified water daily.
Regular Bowel Habits
Naturopaths have always stressed the importance of proper bowel habits and generally recommend at least one bowel movement per day. If you suffer from mild constipation, Bowtrol can be very beneficial.
Enhance Liver Function
The liver is one of the major detox organs of the body. The following kitchen remedy is known to enhance liver function:
- Add half a teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice, or lime juice, or apple cider vinegar into a glass of warm water.
- Drink on an empty stomach first thing in the morning.
Liver tonic herbs such as dandelion, globe artichoke, milk thistle and barberry are wonderful botanicals to include in your detox program.
Traditional Cleansing Herbs
Herbs like Burdock, Yellow Dock and Nettle are excellent herbs to detox the whole body. They will help to cleanse and strengthen all the organs of elimination in your body, namely the liver, kidney, lungs, gut and skin.
The Vegetable Juice Detox Plan
Take nothing but diluted fresh vegetable juice for one whole day. This is one of the fastest ways to cleanse the body.
For a long time, naturopaths have advocated fresh juices to help cleanse and restore the body to good health. Fresh juices have a distinct advantage over just plain water. Juices contain water, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other beneficial plant compounds that detoxify, nurture and strengthen the body. In addition, green food such as spirulina, chlorella, wheatgrass and barley grass are all rich in chlorophyll and can be added to fresh juices for a deeper detox.
Beetroot, carrot, celery, gotu kola, parsley, spinach and watercress are some great vegetables for juicing.
With the right equipment, home made juices are easy and economical. Remember that freshness is the key – carton, tin or bottle juices are not the same as they are heavily processed. If you are pregnant, nursing or suffer from ailments, do not attempt any form of detox, unless supervised by a naturopath or qualified healthcare practitioner.