Detox Dieting Secrets : Herbal Detox
A lot of people have stopped smoking and drinking alcohol in an effort to reduce the level of toxins in their bodies. While this helps greatly (specially not smoking) that doesn’t mean that their bodies are clear of toxins.
First of all, if you live in a big city, then you are breathing air that has smoke particles that come from the exhaust of cars and industries.
Second, most of the water that we drink comes from treated sources, and sometimes there are still pollution particles in it.
Third, the foods we eat in cities aren’t as fresh as the ones in the countryside. And a lot of times, chemicals are added to them, like colorants and preservatives.
Fourth, when we stress, we add our own toxins to the mix. These are meant to stimulate our bodies for action, but since the action never happens, then we just secret them and keep them.
Because of this a lot of people have decided to go under detox programs or diets from once in a while to help them get rid of toxins in their bodies.
Among these, herbal detox treatments are recently coming to fashion. They complement regular detox treatments of diets by adding organic teas or pills that will help clean our bodies. Because there are several organs involved in the detoxification process of our body, it’s important when taking a herbal detox treatment to ask what it is exactly what it does.
The most important (albeit not the only one) organ in the body’s natural detoxification process is the liver. Its primary function is to break down toxic elements into simpler ones that can be eliminated from the body. An herbal detox treatment for the liver should aim at easing its workload. Common herbal detox ingredients include dandelion, liverwort, horsetail, parsley, birch leaves, black cohosh, gentian, goldenrod, chamomile, angelica, and of course, milk thistle.
The kidneys are also important organs for getting rid of toxins. They filter toxins and waste that has been processed by the liver and eliminate it from our systems through urine. Again, there are herbal detox treatments that are aimed at improving their performance. Common herbal detox ingredients for the kidneys are juniper berries, cedar berries. Dandelion and parsley help both the kidneys and the liver.
Finally, the lungs also contribute to the elimination of carbon dioxide through respiration, and they must be included in any herbal detox treatment. Common herbal detox ingredients for the lungs are slippery elm, senega, and mullein.
By: Jenneefer Brown