In recent articles, I’ve discussed pre-cleansing the circulation and digestive tracts with alkalizing and detoxifying foods, along with gentle cleansing supplements like modified citrus pectin (MCP) and alginates. This initial phase helps to prepare the body for a more thorough detox process. In this article, I recommend herbs and nutrients to add to your program that help with in-depth toxin removal.
Taking The Next Step
As we proceed with detoxification, we need to incorporate cleansing supplements that comprehensively remove toxins from organs and tissues, following what’s called the detox cycles. The last thing we want is for these toxins to be removed from one area only to take up residence in another. That’s why we begin by cleansing the circulation and digestion before adding in stronger detox agents that target toxins in organs and tissues such as the lymphatic system, liver and other areas. In addition to in-depth toxin removal, we also need strong antioxidant and vital energy support during this second phase.
There are a wide variety of herbs that support these efforts, more than can be listed in this article. As an added advantage, such herbs tend to promote other health areas as well. Here are some good recommendations.
We often don’t think of it this way, but the immune system is one of our most important detoxifiers, eliminating viruses, bacteria, fungi, toxins and other invaders. So a healthy immune system is a must. Turmeric is a common spice, particularly in Indian food, that contains a compound called curcumin. Curcumin supports immunity, helps cleanse the circulation and promotes antioxidant activity.
Manjistha is another detoxification and immune-strengthening Ayurvedic herb that works by cleansing the circulation and lymphatic system. This is important: The lymphatic system plays a key role in detoxification and immunity, helping to mobilize and remove toxins and metabolic byproducts.
Neem is another Ayurvedic herb that helps the body fight invaders. It possesses powerful antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal qualities. Black walnut is similarly known for its ability to fight bacteria, parasites and fungi.
Liver, Kidneys, Gallbladder And More
One of the liver’s many jobs is to remove toxins from the body. But after a while, these toxins can accumulate. That’s when the liver needs support. Fortunately, there are many ways to accomplish this.
- Fenugreek: A great supplement to thin the bile and improve overall liver performance. As toxins build up, the liver becomes congested and bile thickens, interfering with digestion and detoxification.
- Lipoic acid: A powerful detox antioxidant that is especially good at removing mercury. It also benefits liver health.
- Oregon grape root: Helps remove toxins from both the liver and the urinary tract. It is also good at removing mercury. And while we’re on the subject, cilantro can help with mercury removal as well.
- Dandelion (leaf and root): Serves a number of purposes. It supports bowel function and can help cleanse the liver and gallbladder. Dandelion may also boost immunity.
- Milk thistle: Helps digestion and also detoxifies the liver and gallbladder.
- NAC, or N-Acetyl Cysteine: An amazingly versatile molecule that helps clear the lungs as well as detoxifying the liver. It’s also known for removing heavy metals and toxins.
- Lemon:Helps remove toxins and is good for both liver and gallbladder. I recommend a mixture of olive oil and lemon. Blend an organic lemon, 1¼ cups water and a tablespoon of olive oil. Partially strain, but leave some pulp. This is an excellent daily detox remedy.
- Goldenrod flower is a natural diuretic that flushes out toxins. Amalaki, bibhitaki and haritaki, components in a traditional cleansing formula called triphala, help to further remove toxins from the digestive tract.
- MSM is a biologically active form of sulfur that allows detoxification on the cellular level. It also helps boost immunity, supports joint health and promotes tissue repair.
I also recommend peppermint and the herb elecampane for their abilities to cleanse the lungs, another organ that works hard to remove toxins from the body. Peppermint aids the digestive system.
One of the best supplements for comprehensive toxin removal is a phase 2 detox supplement, which is formulated with many of the botanicals and nutrients listed above. In addition to removing toxins, it also provides ample antioxidants to combat free radicals, while also supporting vital energy and immunity.
The formula includes herbs that target a variety of organs to provide a comprehensive, in-depth cleanse. In addition, it’s designed to remove toxins in areas that have become stagnant due to poor circulation or lymphatic blockages. It’s a great supplement to take daily for a slow, gentle cleanse and at increased dosages for in-depth toxin removal, following an initial preparation phase.
Remember, detoxification is a process. It took many months, or even years, for these toxins to accumulate; so they can’t be removed in a weekend. Going slowly has the added advantage of giving the body time to adjust. A detox crisis, that period when toxin removal just makes you feel sick, is simply nature’s way of telling us we’re moving too fast. Ultimately, detoxification should be an enjoyable process that restores our energy and preserves long-term health.
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