Detoxification is the process of helping your body in flushing out the toxins that accumulated inside it. It will not only cleanse us from the inside, it can also energize 深水埗通渠 and rejuvenate our bodies to help it function more efficiently. Detoxification is not just a one-step action, it is an ongoing process that needs to be followed in order to see and feel the positive results. Changes always need to be gradual so that the body will not be stressed with the sudden changes in routine. The program recommends eating a well balanced diet, avoiding refined sugar, caffeine, processed meals and fast food chains, and staying away from alcohol and drugs. In essence, you will only be consuming natural and organic foods, drinking adequate amounts of water, and having regular exercise sessions in order to get the results intended.
Herbs can provide a quick and effective way to help the body detoxify itself. Most herbs are capable not just of detoxification, but helps improve metabolism and blood circulation as well. Take the case of anti-fungal herbs which prevent the occurrence of candida-causing yeasts, and provide the body with vital anti-oxidants to combat free radicals.
You are always bound to hear the word fasting when it comes to detoxification. Although this may have benefits, it is not always necessary, in fact most of the time it causes more bad than good. This does not necessarily mean starving yourself for a certain period of time. It just means you are cutting down on solid foods to allow your body to take a break from the stress of digesting solid foods. Fasting is not recommended on more than a 24-hour period, and adequate consumption of water is a must.
Anyone desiring to undergo fasting must first be in optimum health. Quite obviously, children and adults are advised against doing it, especially for people who have serious health problems, or those addicted to alcohol and drugs. In any case, anyone who is thinking of who is thinking of fasting or going into any kind of detoxification program is always advised to consult their doctors in order to be safe.
While we are getting detoxified, we get the chance to spend more time with our body and give it more attention and care. We are able to stop and reflect on the things we have done to contribute to the toxin build-up in our body, and prevent these things from occurring again. The period of detoxification is the time to let our bodies relax and heal itself, to bring back its balance and return it to optimum health. Doing yoga, having a massage, sauna or mineral baths are just one of the few things you can engage yourself into to help with the process of detoxification.
Herbs used for detoxification
During fasting, maintenance of proper kidney function will be vital in the process of flushing out toxins from the body. Juniper berries (Juniperus communis) have the power to fortify and cleanse the kidneys, including the urinary tract and bladder. One word of caution, these herbs are not meant to be used for a long period of time; just use them occasionally or whenever you experience any form of infection in this area of the body. Nettle (Utrica dioica) is a very powerful diuretic just like burdock root, but both have gentle cleansing actions.
Psyllium seeds and husks are nature’s powerful, gentle and fast-acting laxatives. They are the adaptogenic type of herbs and is highly recommended for treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The herb labeled as “the great harmonizer”, also known as Liquorice root, is popularly used in Chinese medicine as a laxative and also used to nourish the adrenal glands. Another effective and well-known laxative is Alfalfa sprouts.
Milk thistle (Silybum marianum), along with dandelion root (Taraxacum officinale), are known to aid in cleansing and strengthening the liver. Silymarin is the secret of milk thistle, as this is the active compound responsible for helping the liver regenerate, and it also acts as an anti-oxidant as well. Dandelion root on the other hand aids in the elimination of waste products from both the gallbladder and liver.
Lymphatic System Detoxification
The body’s lymphatic system is responsible for taking out waste matter from our cells. Most people believe that inadequate lymphatic drainage is due to the formation of cellulite. Listed below are the herbs, which when applied in its essential oil form, are capable of stimulating the lymphatic system and help flush out the toxins underneath the skin.
- Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
- Thyme (Thymus vulgarus)
- Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
- Celery (Apium graveolens)
- Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
- Lemon (Citrus limon)
- Grapefruit (Citrus paradise)
It is recommended that you mix three of these various oils, for an aggregate of 15 to 20 drops, in 1oz. of carrier oil and directly apply or brush it onto the skin.