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Detox 102: Herbs, spices, and superfoods


Time to take your detox game to the next level!


You're on your way to drinking lots of water and eating whole, unprocessed foods, getting lots of sleep, exercising, maybe even removing all cleaning and beauty products which contain chemicals.


Nothing for me to do besides tip my hat to you and congratulate you, because you are KILLIN IT! Your body is thanking you for all this help you're giving it, and is working hard at removing toxins and keeping you in a good state of health.


That was the good news, now on to the shittier part (it'll be shitty for like 2 minutes though, I promise): the environment we live in today is way more toxic than our body is equipped to handle. There's air pollution, the occasional fast food or Icee (don't even get me started on those sugary drinks from hell, if I was Queen of the world for one day -yes, that's a thing- I would completely remove them from the face of the earth), stress, contaminated water, chemicals, etc., all of which make it hard for our bodies to completely remove all the bad stuff that we ingest or exhale. (end of shitty part, feel free to unclench your jaw now)


So what can you do to help your body thrive despite all these harmful factors that surround us?


Enter the healing power of herbs, spices, and superfoods: they’ve been used for healing for centuries, numerous medicinal schools rely on their properties, and they’re nature’s natural healers. So it would make sense that amongst the thousands of plants, herbs, and spices out there, we would find some that help our body’s natural detox systems.



HERBS


Dandelion

Good for:

  • the kidneys and the liver: has diuretic properties (to flush out toxins); helps protect against kidney stones;

  • protection against photo-aging from UVB rays;

  • combating obesity

  • combating bloating.

How to use: I prefer taking it in its tincture (liquid extract) form: I add a few drops to water two to three times per day. The one I use is from Herb Farm. You can also enjoy it as a tea, which is a great substitute for coffee (I know that all my coffee drinkers are rolling their eyes right now, but don't knock it till you've tried it!)



Cilantro

Good for:

  • its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antifungal, antimicrobial properties;

  • removing heavy metals from the body (best results happen if used with Chlorella -see below under Superfoods- to be taken 3 times a day for up to 3 months);

  • increasing 'good' cholesterol and decreasing 'bad' cholesterol;

  • thyroid health;

  • fighting anemia.

How to use:

  • Add fresh cilantro to almost any food, both cooked and raw; (take chlorella supplement 1 hour before);

  • Blend together olive oil, fresh cilantro and lime juice for an amazing dressing that you can use on cooked vegetables or salads;

  • Add to juices.


Milk thistle

Good for:

  • liver detox;

  • regeneration of new healthy cells;

  • acne;

  • increasing glutathione production, the body’s major antioxidant;

  • brain function;

  • protecting against bone loss.

How to use:



SPICES


Ginger

Good for:

  • digestion: helps boost your body’s ability to process food and eliminate waste;

  • fighting inflammation;

  • preventing symptoms of aging.

How to use:

  • Fresh: can add 1 inch of peeled ginger to smoothies or to lemonade;

  • Ginger water: boil 4 cups of water on the stove and add 1/2 teaspoon of grated ginger once the water is boiling; remove from the heat and let the ginger steep in the water for 10 minutes, then strain the ginger pieces from the water and discard the ginger;

  • Ginger tea;

  • Supplement form -make sure it contains 100% pure ginger;

  • Maximum 4g of ginger per day (where 1g of ginger is equal to 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger, 1 teaspoon grated raw ginger, or 4 cups water steeped with 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger).


Turmeric

Good for:

  • liver;

  • toxin removal, by increasing the production of bile by over 100 percent;

  • fighting inflammation;

  • joint health;

  • immunity;

  • preventing symptoms of aging.

How to use:

  • Tea: boil 3 to 4 cups of water on the stove, add 2 teaspoons of turmeric and stir; simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes, then strain the tea into another container. Add in honey, fresh squeezed lemon or orange juice, and milk to taste;

  • Golden milk (check out video at the bottom of my home page);

  • Add in smoothies;

  • Supplement form.

  • Please consume in moderation.



SUPERFOODS


Chlorella

Good for:

  • removing heavy metals from the body (use with cilantro);

  • powerful antioxidant;

  • helps keep blood pressure in check;

  • helps balance fasting blood sugar levels.

How to use:

  • Take 1 hour before eating a meal with cilantro;

  • Add 1 tsp to smoothies;

  • Supplement form -I use the one from Sun Potion


Other


Burdock is a plant which will eliminate the bacterial pathogens that can build up in the gut. Additionally, burdock increases saliva and bile secretions to help break down, bind and excrete toxins from the body.



Tips


Fibre and bentonite clay can help boost detox effects. They are both used to help remove toxins and excess fats from within the bowel. During detoxification, toxin load on the bowel is increased considerably so, to ensure that they do not accumulate in the gut, fibres and/or binding clays can be used to help attract, mop up and eliminate the toxins directly.


Thrive Market is an exceptional place where you can buy your supplements or organic food from. They offer a free 30 day trial if you're unsure if you want to pay for the membership -which I assure you, you do: with price cuts of up to 50% off, it really is a bargain. I am in no way affiliated with them, I just love the platform and what it offers.


Last but not least, have fun experimenting! The process of adding these to your daily routine should be fun and easy, and not overwhelming. My advice is to pick one or two of the options I gave you here and try it for a week or two, then move on to others. You will soon find that you like using some more than others, and then you can turn those into a daily habit.


Note of caution: if you have any health issues or are pregnant or nursing, please consult your doctor before taking any herbs or supplements.


I have no affiliation with any of the products I have linked; they are simply products I use or have used in the past, and which I have researched to make sure they are the best, most natural options.

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