Detox Your Body Naturally to Enhance Your Health

By: Dr. Michael Lam, MD, MPH; Dr. Justin Lam, ABAAHP, FMNM


Use alternatives to medicine to detox your body naturallyOur bodies’ organs and blood stream need to occasionally remove toxins from within our systems. This can be done with a seasonal detoxification. A seasonal detox helps your body to get rid of unwanted toxins while it supports a healthy metabolism, reduces overall stress and rejuvenates your body. There are many different approaches that can help to detox your body naturally including exercise, dieting, supplementing, using a sauna, alternative medicine and even making use of specific healthy herbs known for detoxification. Herbs are one of the most natural ways to detox your body.

What Does It Mean to Detox Your Body Naturally?

Detoxing is when your body gets rid of unwanted toxins that build up in your body over time. Your body typically detoxes itself routinely, however sometimes your body needs a deeper cleaning, much like spring cleaning your home. This spring cleaning, so to speak, is where we help our bodies detox. Your kidneys and liver are the organs that automatically detox and eliminate waste from your body. When you detox your body naturally, you are removing impurities, toxins, and unwanted materials from your blood and organs including from within your intestines, lymph, lungs, skin, and kidneys. Toxins can be anything from food additives to environmental toxins such as pollution or pesticides. These are things we don’t want in our bodies adding stress on our organs or initiating diseases that can trigger other conditions.

Ingredients for A Successful Detox

Detox herbs are quite beneficial when added to your everyday diet. Historically, detoxing herbs have been used for centuries to naturally cleanse and detox the body and to promote healthy liver and kidney function. The following items all help detox your body naturally:

Green Tea

Green tea is packed with many vital nutrients and has been said to be a drink that helps your cardiovascular health and overall digestive system. Drinking a cup of green tea is a fantastic way to add antioxidants to your body and boost your health and energy. Green tea also contains catechins which aid in producing detoxification enzymes that actually help remove harmful toxins and cancer-causing materials from your body.

Cilantro

Cilantro is a nice herb that freshen up salads and even tacos with a nice flavor. This herb also contains vitamin A and vitamin K, as well as other nutrients. Vitamin A helps support a healthy immune system while vitamin K aids in forming blood clots. The reason why cilantro is such an effective way to detox your body naturally is because it attaches to heavy metals such as mercury and aluminum to help easily transport them outside of your body. Overall, cilantro aids in cardiovascular health, supports the kidneys and aids in memory. Many people also believe it helps prevent Alzheimer’s. These heavy metals in the body can attach themselves to the different cells, organs, and even your brain. Being able to remove them will improve your health tremendously. I recommended trying to steam cilantro or making it into a juice for the best results. You can also eat it raw in a salad.

Milk Thistle

Detox your body naturally using Milk ThistleAn ingredient within milk thistle called silymarin is a natural protector and supporter of our liver. It also helps trigger the liver to regenerate new cells. Milk thistle is known to help fight cancer agents and free radicals that damage our bodies. Free radicals may cause damage to the DNA and proteins in our cells by oxidation. Milk thistle helps prevent this. Overall, our liver is the organ that has the job of getting rid of undesirable materials in our bodies. So it’s a good idea to detox your body naturally to help your liver function. If you have liver damage many doctors recommend you take milk thistle in capsule form to improve liver function.

Garlic

Garlic does not speed up the rate of your natural body detox, however, it greatly aids in the whole detoxification process. Garlic contains an active sulfur ingredient called allicin. Allicin helps the detox process by oxidizing heavy metals that build up in our bodies and then it makes them more water soluble and simpler to eliminate from the body. Garlic can also strengthen the immune system and improve liver function. This herb also contains vitamin A, vitamin C, B6 and manganese. Vitamin A and C are highly important in helping immunity system and fighting off colds and respiratory diseases. Overall, with it’s nutrients and antioxidants, garlic is a natural healer of the body. I recommend eating garlic raw, minced or crushed. Raw garlic is the best way to activate this natural healer.

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Dandelion

Dandelion has been known to be a good diuretic which will aid in the production of bile and increases the flow of it. Bile is just one of the ways that the body removes toxins. Dandelion is also beneficial in aiding the digestive system, kidney function, gallbladder function and the immune system. It has good nutrients and antioxidants, as well. Overall this herb is quite beneficial in supporting your liver and boosting your health. Dandelion tea is a great way to use this detox herb, you can make this by tea steeping dandelion leaves. Dandelion leaves are also nice when eaten in a fresh salad.

Turmeric

Turmeric is an herb within the ginger family and is used in many curry dishes.This spice actually aids in detoxification, cleanses the blood, improves skin complexion, improves circulation, reduces inflammation and can boost your immunity. Turmeric helps detox the body by stimulating the body to produce bile and increases bile flow tremendously. Bile eliminates some toxins in the body and helps to break down fat. You can add this herb to your everyday diet by taking a supplement or spicing up your food with it. Another great way to get more turmeric in your diet is by making turmeric tea.

There are so many harmful toxins in our modern world today that create such harmful effects on our bodies. If you come to understand these different types of detox herbs and how to effectively use them in your detoxification process they will truly help boost your overall health and liver function. Using herbs to detox your body naturally may also play significant roles in the NEM (NEM) Stress Response model and may give relief for Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome (AFS) sufferers.

How Does Your Body Naturally Detoxing Affect Adrenal Fatigue?

Detox your body naturally using organic foodsAdrenal fatigue is where your adrenal gland is functioning less than normal causing a wide variety of symptoms that affect your body. When toxins start building up within your body this can trigger AFS. Detoxing your body with natural herbs, including milk thistle which contains silymarin can help relieve some of these symptoms. Silymarin is an antioxidant that protects the liver, aids in detoxing, and fights agents that can cause cancer. However, if you have severe liver damage I highly recommend you talk to your therapist or primary care physician, especially if you suffer from AFS and have liver problems. Detoxing with liver problems can cause worse health problems. Some people with AFS may feel rejuvenated after detoxification, however sometimes it is short-lived and leaves you feeling more tired or can even elevate the symptoms. This is why it’s important to consult professionals before deciding to detox. It can be a great way to help your body, but if not used properly it can harm you, as well.

How Does Detoxing and the NEM Stress Response Correlate?

Stress plays a harmful role on your body. If your adrenal gland is not working properly, stress has an even bigger impact on you. Your liver is one of the important organs that helps combat stress. If it is not functioning correctly, according to the NEM stress response model, it could trigger other problems within your body’s metabolism and immune system, as well as, other areas of your body. That is why it is important to take care of your body and learn how to detox your body safely without causing further damage. Detoxing will promote healthy liver function and in turn aid in reducing overall stress.

Final Thoughts

Overall, detoxing your body with natural herbs is a great way to boost your health and get rid of harmful chemicals in your body. Just like any diet or health treatment, it is important to talk to your doctor about your health concerns when it comes to detoxification. Dietary coaching or nutritional coaching by a licensed therapist can help show you the proper ways to detox and even use some of these specific detox herbs properly. Keep in mind that your liver’s health is vital in many ways. A healthy liver will reduce stress, eliminate toxins, and aid in relieving some of the symptoms of adrenal fatigue. The herbs stated in the article above are great resources to your health. I highly recommended looking into milk thistle and cilantro!

 
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2 Comments

  • Antoinette Josemans says:

    I don’t know where to start with detoxing. There is so much information out there and I use something like milk thistle and vit c then I feel worse a few days later and then stop taking it.
    Where do I start?