Detox - What Is The Answer? --- Part 2 ---
In our last blog post we learnt that to some extent we need to detox because none of us lead perfectly healthy lifestyles. Luckily we have organs that can help facilitate the detox process - namely the liver, kidney and interestingly the skin. The skin is the largest organ of elimination, which means if your body is “toxic”, it may reflect in the skin with such signs as blotches and pimples etc. Read More ...
How can we help with detox?
Firstly, address our diet is probably the biggest way to help your system. Try to take are many “toxins” of the diet in order to give the liver and other detox organs a rest.
We live in a world with so many choices, that healthy eating really comes down to basics. Try to focus on eating organic meats and eggs, leafy green vegetables, root vegetables, with some occasional nuts, fruits and berries.
Mu Dan Pi & Zi Su Ye
Secondly, we need to look at herbs, supplements, and treatments that can help, assist, and support the liver and the team of organs that help detox.
- The B group vitamins are the fuel of the liver. By supplementing with the B’s you can help boost and “supercharge” the liver’s function.
- Miso - high in vitamin B’s, strengthens Immune System, antioxidant
- Herbs such as:
- Mu Dan Pi (Peony Root ) clears and soothes the liver
- Zi Su Ye (Purple Perilla Leaf) helps with - nausea, vomiting and food poisoning
- Milk Thistle - protects vital liver functions, supports detoxification
Thirdly, something to consider is our immune system. Many toxins reactions are known to suppress our immune and disease defense systems. By taking immune boosting herbs and tonics it may build and support a healthy system.
Ginger, Huang Qi, Shiitake Mushrooms
Herbs for the Immune System:
- Huang QI (Astragalus) - Immune booster as well as antibacterial properties
- Shiitake Mushrooms - boosts the Immune System, known anti-cancer properties
- Fresh Ginger - known to break down the accumulated toxins in our organs
Finally, exercise may speeds up detox by increasing the metabolism and allowing toxins to move out of the body through sweating. The skin is known as the largest organ of elimination. Purging toxins through exercise is a great way to help the “detox” process.
We’ve saved the best till last! Practical tips in our next blogpost …
Peter & Hannah
- Peter is qualified TCM practitioner, specialising in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbalism, as well as Naturopathy and Nutrition with 35 years clinical experience.
- Hannah is a health writer and holds a Bachelor degree in Nutritional Science.