Getting rid of toxic poisons in our body helps us to feel healthy. Toxins can drag down our system and a good cleansing can help every organ in the body, but especially the liver, which stores a great deal of the toxins that we come in contact with every day.
Who needs to worry about toxins? Smokers or those that are around smokers; alcoholics; those of us that eat fast foods, fried foods, meat; and chemically treated foods; if you’ve worked in factories or with chemicals, plastics, rubber ( this includes hair salon workers; even medical personnel); if you worked in coal mines; being exposed to dry cleaning fluids; carpet adhesives; lead and other types of paint; bleaches; exposure to pollution in the water, soil, or air; if you’ve worked on commercial farms and orchards. So, basically, all of us. These poisons can build up and lead to later problems in the form of minor illnesses or life threatening diseases. They particularly affect our liver and brain.
Blood purifying herbs and foods cleanse toxins from the body. Cleansing the body of toxic material built up inside is perhaps the most important thing we can do. Cleansing is a must for degenerative diseases like cancer and AIDS. It is possible to lock toxins within our bodies, so it is important to detoxify. Therefore, it is important to cleanse our liver a few times each year.
As just mentioned, there are certain herbs and foods that clean the blood. Each of these herbs has phytochemicals which cause the herb to wash out the toxins from our bodies. However, one should not use a cleansing tonic more than 3 days in a row. What is better, is just plain ol’ prevention by taking an herbal tonic tea for one day, several times a year.
What are some herbs and foods? You might be surprised:
APPLE PECTIN is one. No kidding. Apples are the most important of the blood cleansers. Apples contain high amounts of vitamin C and pectin. Pectin can block receptors on the surface of cancer cells; remove unwanted metals and toxins, which makes it valuable in radiation therapy. It will also help lower cholesterol, and reduces risk of heart disease and gallstones.
OATMEAL is another good food that cleanses the body and helps rid of toxins.
Artichokes, garlic, citrus peels, pomegranate, and even cocoa; broccoli, kale, collards, brocollini, broccoli rabe, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, bok choy, Chinese cabbage, Chinese broccoli, watercress, cilantro are some other good foods we can use.
Green tea and water.
Vitamin C is especially a good toxin cleaner.
Of the Herbs, I would suggest:
CHICORY (Cichorium intybus) is a very safe, very mild tonic. As a blood cleanser it has laxative and diuretic properties, but it is especially associated with protecting the liver from excessive caffeine consumption. It also is used to increase bile flow, decrease inflammations, aid in jaundice and lower cholesterol and blood sugar.
CLARY SAGE (salvia sclarea) is also a cleansing herb tonic.
BURDOCK ROOT, ( arctium lappa) a common herb that contains anti tumor properties, it can also reduce cell mutation.
YELLOW DOCK (rumex crispus) Yellow dock is one of the best cleansing tonics around. It is a detoxifer and also contains rumicin, a liver decongestant. Since liver disorders are often related to skin problems, it is effective in treating skin discolorations related to liver disease. It stimulates the liver to produce bile and strengthens the colon. Yellow Dock was used as a vegetable during the Great Depression because of its high vitamin and mineral content.
DANDELION (Taraxacum officinale) GREENS. This is my favorite! Everyone knows what dandelion looks like. This weed that everyone hates is high in beta carotene, iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and magnesium, as well as vitamins B,D,C,and E. Dandelion strengthen the whole system as well as the liver and gallbladder. Dandelion promotes the flow of bile, reduces inflammation of the bile duct and helps eliminate gallstones. Dandelion adsorbs toxins from the body, regulating intestinal bacteria and could prevent cancer.
FENNEL (foeniculum vulgare) helps to inhibit kidney stones, and clears the liver and lungs. ( and, using a pepper grinder, grind some fennel seed over your salad to go with the dandelions)
LICORICE ROOT (Glycyrrhiza glabra) Licorice root is a very good detoxifier and also aids in urinary and bowel disorders, and reduces arthritis inflammation by ridding the body of toxins. Licorice root protects the liver from such diseases as cirrhosis and hepatitis; reduces cancer tumors and can even kill off HIV cells before they turn into full blown AIDS.
MILK THISTLE if you are a heavy user of alcohol; take pharmaceutical drugs ; are a cancer patient undergoing chemo, milk thistle is an herb worth considering.
OREGON GRAPE (Mahonia aquifolium) has always been considered an excellent blood purifier and is important to liver health, by stimulating bile production, enhancing liver function and getting rid of system sluggishness. However, for those that have been overeating or eating rich food, they should use a gentler blood cleanser, like dandelion or apple pectin.
SWEET WOODRUFF (Galium odoratum) Sweet woodruff is good for liver disorders, and regulates heart activity. This herb is also used as a blood purifier and tonic; it cleanses kidney and bladder obstructions, particularly stones and relieves liver congestion and gallbladder difficulties.
AVOID TOXIC FOODS like hydrogenated or trans fats and high-fructose corn syrup, sugar, caffeine, alcohol and nicotine. Getting off of these toxins for just one week is powerful enough to totally change your health and your mind.
EAT ORGANIC when you can and avoid mercury-containing big fish like tuna and swordfish.
Take a hike or Go for a walk every day. You don’t have to act like you in a marathon, just walk.
Swimming. If you like swimming, try to take a swim every day, but, stay away from places that add chlorine to the water.
Play sports; such as softball, basket ball or football; even a game of volley ball or bad-mitten.