The liver, kidney and colon function as elimination organs, ridding the body of toxins and waste. Toxins develop from both dietary and environmental sources and are frequently absorbed through the digestive system. Signs of toxins include fatigue, constipation, low immunity, hormone imbalance, nausea, skin problems and poor circulation. Using natural substances, such as foods and herbs, can rid the body of toxins and restore it to optimal health. Do not begin any course of natural detoxification without first consulting your health care practitioner.
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The liver is an important organ that performs many vital roles in the body. It functions in energy production, blood-sugar regulation and hormone regulation, and converts toxic substances to nontoxic forms, which are then excreted through the kidneys. Herbal supplements provide natural methods for detoxification. Milk thistle increases the production of antioxidants that protect liver tissue and regenerate damaged tissue. Dandelion root, kelp, burdock root and turmeric aid in cleansing the body and protect against toxins.
The kidneys are bean-shaped organs that process blood to sift out waste products and expel excess water. Turmeric is an overall body cleanser. A diet containing cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and cabbage, aids in detoxification. Adequate protein intake aids in detoxification of the kidneys as well.
“Health begins in the colon” is a common statement among health practitioners. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, brown rice and legumes provides fiber that naturally cleanses the colon. Natural products that can assist in colon cleansing include cascara sagrada bark, senna, psyllium hulls, garlic, ginger root and black walnut hulls.
The body has built-in systems for eliminating toxins but may become overloaded. A healthy diet by itself can detoxify the body, but the use of fresh herbs can aid in detoxification. Detoxification programs should be undertaken with caution and only under the supervision of a healthcare provider.
- "Human Anatomy and Physiology"; Elaine N. Marieb; 2000
- "Herbs for Detoxification"; Karen Bradstreet; 1997
- National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse; The Kidneys and How They Work; February 2009