Is your body ready for 2014? The New Year is the perfect time to detox.
Your body naturally processes and eliminates toxins through a number of channels; liver, kidneys, lymphatics, skin and bowel. A balanced detox approach supports all these channels of elimination, to ensure the detoxification workload gets spread across the whole body, rather than just moving toxins through a limited number of systems.
Detoxing herbal medicine works in five ways to cleanse your body
Research suggests herbal medicine traditionally used to detox or ‘blood purify’ works in five important ways:
- Stimulating liver detoxification and activating the organs of elimination to remove waste from the body
- Enhancing digestion, promoting bile flow, and cleansing the bowels to reduce production, absorption and re-circulation of toxins
- Stimulating the immune system against infections and reducing microbial toxicity
- Inhibiting inflammation (which in turn reduces toxins produced by the body’s inflammatory processes)
- Boosting the body’s own antioxidant defences and providing antioxidants that inhibit free radical damage caused by toxins.
Combining herbs with different properties ensures that all five of these areas are optimally addressed.
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Mr Vitamins recommends:
FUSION Health Detox includes the following herbs – designed as a special formula because of the synergy in how they work together to enhance the detoxification systems of your body.
Green tea (Camellia sinensis)
Green tea performs all five of these functions. It is widely recognised for its high levels of potent antioxidants, which have many health-protecting activities. Green tea supports detoxification and digestion, helps protect the liver and is antimicrobial as well as anti-inflammatory.
Chinese dandelion (Taraxacum mongolicum)
Chinese dandelion addresses many of the five detoxification areas listed above. It protects the liver, increases production of bile (for fat digestion and bowel regularity), and supports the elimination of waste via the kidneys. It also has immune stimulating and anti-inflammatory properties.
Pau d’arco (Tabebuia avellanedae)
This South American herb has immune-boosting and antimicrobial properties. It is commonly used to treat bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections, as well as immune problems.
Rhubarb (Rheum officinale)
Rhubarb is most famous for its tonifying laxative properties, but also stimulates the excretion of bile by the gall bladder, and is protective to the liver and kidneys. It has broad-spectrum activity against bacteria, viruses and fungi, and is also antiinflammatory.
Phellodendron (Phellodendron amurense) and Barberry (Berberis vulgaris)
Phellodendron and barberry provide broad-spectrum anti-microbial activity, helping to fight and prevent infections. The two herbs are often used together to stimulate liver and gallbladder function and regulate digestion to relieve toxicity.
Baical skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis)
Baical skullcap is rich in antiinflammatory flavonoids, and has antioxidant, antiviral and antibacterial properties. It is an important liver and gallbladder tonic, stimulating the production and excretion of bile, which in turn enhances detoxification.
Chinese licorice (Glycyrrhiza uralensis)
Chinese licorice also has liver protective, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, immune regulating and antioxidant properties.
As always, whatever questions or concerns you have regarding herbal supplements to help you detox, all you have to do is drop by Mr Vitamins and ‘Ask a Naturopath’.