What is detoxification?
The basic principle of detoxification is to remove the toxins stored in the body.
After a period of time, the body builds up toxins and natural waste products from chemicals, pollution and overindulging. A process of cleansing the internal system (detoxifying) helps rid the body of harmful chemicals that may be contributing to fatigue, illness, pain, and poor digestion. Detoxification can be achieved through various modalities, including saunas, fasting, and a range of vitamins, herbs, and nutrients.
Why do we need detoxification?
In today's world there are harmful toxins in the foods we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breath. Over time, these toxins lodge themselves in the various tissues of the body and are extremely dangerous causing cell deterioration, and in some cases, cell "mutations" which can lead to disease and premature aging. Many researchers believe that these toxins are the cause of disease itself.
As these harmful toxins are removed or dislodged from various tissues, the body will attempt to flush them out. These toxins will re-enter the blood stream to be filtered out and disposed of via the excrement. Prior to being disposed of, these tiny toxins will float about in the blood stream and may, in some individuals, be recognized by a slight headache or feeling of nausea (detoxification symptoms). Many health conscious individuals are willing to undergo extreme discomfort in the effort to detoxify their bodies via various detoxification processes available today.
Periodic detoxification of the body is a great way to lessen the load of toxins the body has accumulated. Hundreds of herbs detoxify the blood and tissues and help strengthen the functioning of body organs. You can add them to foods or teas, or purchase detox supplements.
Artichoke leaf extracts have been found to stimulate bile production in the liver and bile release from the gall bladder, and effective in helping to eliminate toxic substances, normalizing blood cholesterol levels, lowering blood lipids, and providing liver protection.
Sarsaparilla root is a well-known blood purifier. It contains saponins, which reduce microbes and toxins. European physicians consider sarsaparilla root as an alterative tonic, blood purifier, diuretic, and diaphoretic (increases perspiration). Sarsaparilla has been clinically shown to help reverse liver damage and to promote detoxification.
Dandelion root filters toxins and helps purify the liver and blood. Dandelion is known as a cholegogue, or a herb which stimulates the production of bile in the liver, and the secretion of bile from the gallbladder. Bile has a laxative effect on the gastrointestinal tract, and it helps in proper fat digestion. Dandelion also has diuretic properties and stimulates kidney function.
Burdock root has good "clean-up" properties. Burdock is a bitter, stimulating the secretion of digestive enzymes, particularly bile. It is often combined with yellow dock, milk thistle, and dandelion in liver preparations.
Milk thistle seeds contain three components, collectively known as silymarin, that have a remarkable ability to protect and heal the liver. European studies have shown that milk thistle aids the treatment of alcoholic cirrhosis, extends the survival rates of alcoholics, and speeds recovery from hepatitis. Also, milk thistle works great against amanita ("death cap") mushroom poisoning.
Garlic is a natural antiviral, antiseptic, bile-stimulating, hypotensive, and blood cleansing nutrient.
Echinacea is a lymph cleanser that improves lymphocyte and phagocyte performance, though most recent research indicates that it doesn't do much for preventing colds.
Parsley leaf is a diuretic that flushes the kidneys.
Ginger root stimulates circulation and sweating.
Goldenseal root stimulates detoxification and helps cleanse the blood, liver and kidneys.
Detox and purifiers from Native Remedies