The body has multiple detoxification pathways to remove unwanted toxins which are either introduced into our bodies through our foods or as a result of metabolic waste. When we exercise and perspire, we remove some toxins via our skin and lymphatic system. However, the two major organs responsible for detoxification in the body are the liver and the kidneys.
Although the body may be born with the tools to detoxify mild toxins which are by-products of our metabolism, not everyone has a clean diet, lifestyle and lives in unpolluted areas. Therefore we place an unusual toxic load on our systems that we humans have created. Whether it would be technological advancements such as industrialisation, where factories are emitting toxic fumes into our atmosphere, which we then breathe and have to filter. Also, the man-made pesticides used in modern agriculture, or picking heavily processed foods which the body has a difficult time metabolising which leads to excess metabolic toxins. Not to mention self-inflicted toxicity through alcohol, prescribed medication and recreational drugs.
It then becomes helpful to support our bodies detoxification pathways to ensure that we are adequately removing toxins, to help ensure vibrant energy, a positive outlook and longevity to do the things you love.
One highly effective and natural way to support the body’s natural detoxification pathways is the use of herbs to assist the liver and kidneys do their jobs properly.
Milk thistle has almost become a household name, with its association with supporting the after-effects of a night out. It’s a beautiful plant with blue-purple tubular flowers which is native to the Mediterranean region and has been naturalised to Central Europe. Milk thistle supports the detoxification of the liver by raising vital antioxidant levels in the liver to help eliminate toxins. It’s also beneficial in regulating excess cholesterol synthesis by the liver.
Dandelions are one of the most widely seen weeds across the Earth. This is a great coincidence since the roots of this plant have a great cleansing action on the liver. This herb also helps the liver produce bile, to allow the body to process fats properly, and reduce the chances of a fatty liver. Dandelion has also been used to help remove excess fluid retention. The roots are also a great source of vitamins A, B- Complex, C and minerals iron, potassium and zinc.
Burdock is grown in a variety of places whether Europe, China or America. The Burdock root is actually used in Asian cuisine and has a great taste. It is used in skin formulas to help with a healthier complexion, it does this via its blood purifying action through the liver, helping the liver and lymphatic detoxification pathways in the body.
Nettle leaf is native to Europe, Asia and western North America, it’s also probably lurking in your garden right now, not knowing what amazing benefits it can bring. Nettle has been long used as a culinary ingredient, and also to treat ailments of the kidneys. Nettle leaf has the ability to help the kidneys do their job better and flush out toxins. Nettle also contains necessary trace minerals which may be lost through the cleansing process.
Celery seed is another great herb for the kidneys, containing flavonoids and volatile oils which support the kidneys detoxification pathways. Celery seed is also fantastic for supporting gout, which is the build-up of uric acid. It has also been used as a diuretic to help remove water retention in the body.
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