Do you need herbs for detox? The straight answer is no, you don’t. But if you asked the question in a slightly different way, such as can herbs help to provide a more thorough and efficient detox, then the answer is emphatically yes, they can.
The Modern World of Fast Processed Foods and Unhealthy Drinks
The modern world in which we live today is just chocked full with fast and processed foods – drinks too. There are fizzy drinks full of gas and sugar, and even so-called health drinks which contain too much sugar, or sweetness by way of artificial sugar – which is even worse for you health-wise than natural sugar. The modern lifestyle is one of constant pressure, rushing here and there at 100 mph with seemingly never enough time to eat anything other than burgers, pizzas, fries and other fast foods.
We’re Pouring Toxins Down our Throats
We’ve got into the habit of drinking too much too; stopping off on the way home from work to have a beer or three, or a glass or so of wine with friends and work colleagues. The result is that we just poured toxins into our bodies willy-nilly.
Helping the Natural Detox Process
Now some people say that it totally unnecessary to detox because our body system naturally detoxes us anyway. Whilst this is true to a large extent, what is also undeniable that helping our body systems with herbs for detox will not only give much-needed support to overworked body systems, it will also help that detox to go a little deeper.
What is they say? Treat your body like a temple? Well yes, I agree – just as long as that temple isn’t Indiana Jones’s Temple of Doom, which it seems to be for so many people!
7 Excellent Herbs for Detox
There are 7 herbs for detox that we’re going to be taking a quick look at here in this article. There are of course many more, as a quick search on the Internet will reveal. But these 7 have certain qualities and benefits that you should be aware of
Detox Herb No 1 – Dandelion
The jury is still out for some people as to whether the dandelion is a flower or an herb, but one thing that informed people are agreed on, is the fact that dandelion leaves are very good for you. As part of a detox diet or regime, dandelion leaves are known to restore and protect the liver, which is our main body cleansing organ. It’s also one of Mother Nature’s natural diuretics and helps to strengthen the kidneys, combating water retention, promoting better urination, and helping to soothe any urinary tract infections.
Detox Herb No 2 – Echinacea
As well as helping to fight bacterial and viral infection, Echinacea also acts as a blood cleanser and can be taken both internally, or topically to help combat skin infections. It has properties that help to purify, protect and strengthen the immune system.
Detox Herb No 3 – Red Clover
Red Clover is another known blood cleansing, detox agent. It has the ability to cleanse heavy metals and chemical toxins that are ingested through certain medications. It is also often used to treat eczema and other skin conditions.
Detox Herb No 4 – Cleavers
Just to be clear, we not talking about the big sort of chopping knives that Michael Myers strolls around with in the Halloween films – not that anyone could justifiably call them herbs anyway. No, all joking aside, we’re talking about the plant, Cleavers, which many gardeners view as being a weed. It is however a herb and has been used in herbal medicine for hundreds of years. As well as being renowned for removing toxins from both the blood and the intestines, it is also used to treat kidney and urine infections. As well, as drinking cleavers in the form of tea, it can also be lightly boiled and consumed as a vegetable.
Detox Herb No 5 – Turmeric
Turmeric is one of the herbs for detox that is renowned for its ability to enhance our immune systems, which can be compromised through poor diet, stress, and the modern lifestyle. Turmeric acts on the mucous membrane of the gut and redresses any imbalances.
Detox Herb No 6 – Ginger
Ginger is great for helping with digestion problems and disorders. When our bodies absorb too many toxins it impairs the digestive process. Ginger can help to restore the digestive enzymes in the gut. It re-stimulates our digestive systems which are an important part of the detox process, enabling us to get rid of unwanted toxins.
Detox Herb No 7 – Guduchi
Guduchi is a herb that has been used in Ayurvedic Medicine for centuries in conjunction with treating liver disease. It is able to minimize damage to, and generate, new liver tissue, enabling the liver to optimize its function of cleaning out fat soluble toxins. These toxins otherwise get stored in the fatty cells throughout the body.
Foods for Detox
As well as herbs for Detox, there are also a number of foods for detox too. These include:
- Beets Broccoli
- Collard (Greens)
- Green Leaf Vegetables
- Yoghurt (Probiotics)
How Often Should You Detox
There is no hard and fast rule about how often people should detox. To a large extent, it depends on lifestyle and diet. Anyone following a holistic healthy lifestyle will already be keeping their toxin levels low; but even so, a 48-hour detox every two years wouldn’t go amiss. If you’re yet to adopt a healthy, holistic life pattern, you may want to consider detoxifying your body system every six to 12 months.
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