Spring is finally here for most of us and not only does it mean rain showers and pretty flowers, it also means it's the changing of the season from winter to spring. Many of us know that during the time of seasonal changes is the best time to detoxify the body. Some of you may not know this however and it is worth knowing that the reason it is good to do a detox when the seasons change is to prepare the body for the next season. To let go of the "bad" lingering things within the body from the previous season, in this case winter, therefore we will be eliminating those heavy meals and sugary treats that are often enjoyed over the winter holiday season, and by doing so it prepares the body for fresh spring foods, salads, and lighter fare. It also helps keep the body regulated and balanced, which is what each of us should strive for within for overall health and well-being.
So here is my list of the Top 5 Herbs for Detoxifying the body.
Turmeric is a liver and blood cleanser. It is also an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. Turmeric is a great herb to add into your daily regime while on a detox, it will cleanse your body, while keeping it feeling good. Sometimes while detoxing one may experience headaches and body aches, and this fantastic herb will help combat all that. It is also known to enhance immunity, prevent degenerative diseases, improve cognitive function, ease arthritis, and stimulates the flow of bile which helps in fat digestion.
#2 - Ginger
Ginger is packed full of goodness and is great at healing the stomach and easing digestive upsets. It is known to prevent indigestion and contains some enzymes that aid in the digestion and break down of proteins. When you decide to start a detox you want to make sure you are also making digestion easier on the body, by eating the right kinds of foods that aid digestion, it is also beneficial to use ginger to enhance the digestive functioning in the body.
#3 - Milk Thistle
Known as the herb for liver detoxification milk thistle is often the herb of choice for naturopaths and the like when it comes to detoxing the body. This herb works by drawing toxins from the body and eliminating them. It is also a strong antioxidant which aids in building immunity. It rebuilds liver cells while it eliminates toxins. It has also been shown to protect against cancer, likely because of it's antioxidant profile, Milk thistle's many health benefits also support the endocrine and the gastrointestinal systems by aiding in the production of bile and enzymes. It is also a blood and skin cleanser. Overall you can see why this aids in detoxification and keeping the body healthy.
#4 - Dandelion
This little weed that everyone is trying to get rid of in their yards, starting this time of year all the way through the summer months is actually a great ball of sunshine when it comes to healing the body, it is just so good for you. It boosts liver function and aids the kidneys. Since it is a diuretic it helps with elimination through boosting urination. Unlike other diuretics, dandelion contains high
amounts of potassium that restores the mineral balance in the kidneys as toxins are flushed out. Dandelion also has highly volatile and bitter constituents in the root that isolate toxins in the body and flush them from the system. That is why many times if you find a detoxifying herbal blend dandelion and milk thistle are often combined as a great eliminator and healer for the body.
#5 - Bupleurum
For me this is a new herb that doesn't get much press, but is a great one to mention especially in regards to detoxification. This herb is best known to cleanse the liver and boost liver function, including converting nutrients and removing toxins. Also known to boost adrenal function. The adrenal glands are also part of the body one wants to have functioning well. They are located at the top of each kidney, producing hormones that help the body control blood sugar, burn protein and fat, react to stressors, and regulate blood pressure.
So there you have it. My Top 5 Herbs for Detoxifying the body. You can use these all together or just chose one or two. Which ever ones sound best to you when you decide to start a detox regime.
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