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Cleansing Your Body the Natural Way

How to Cleanse Your Body the Natural Way

Toxins are poisonous substances that are chemically unstable in the body. They are an accumulation of normal body by-products that haven't been eliminated. We can divide toxins into two forms: endogenous toxins and exogenous toxins. Endogenous toxins are normal waste products the body creates in the process of normal functions. If the body does not eliminate them adequately, they will remain in the body. Uric acid, a by-product of protein metabolism is a fine example.

Exogenous toxins are those that are not normally found in the human body such as environmental pollutants (such as haze), food additives, chemicals, heavy metals and pesticides. Body fat tends to be a storage depot for fat soluble toxins. You may consider the possibility of toxicity if you experience fatigue, swelling under the eyes and prostate gland, cysts, edema, skin disorders, headache, joint pain, allergies, constipation and a coated tongue.

Organs of elimination are the liver, kidneys, large intestines and the skin. The main focus of natural detoxification involves the liver. Herbalists the world over have held dandelion in high regard for centuries. Dandelion root has an extremely high nutrient content, increasing bile flow, improving liver congestion, bile duct inflammation and gallstones. This herb can be combined with other liver herbs such as milk thistle for better effects.

Milk thistle is traditionally used for liver disorders. This herb contains silymarin, which is an antioxidant, to help prevent free radical damage in the liver due to toxins. Silymarin also increases the glutathione content of the liver by 35% in healthy subjects and by over 50% in rats, and increases the level of the important antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase, in cell cultures.

Glutathione is responsible for detoxifying a wide range of chemicals. Increasing the glutathione content of the liver means the liver has an increased capacity for detoxification reactions. Perhaps the most interesting effect of milk thistle in the liver is its ability to stimulate protein synthesis. This results in an increase in the production of new liver cells to replace the damaged old ones.

It is also important to consider regular bowel movement as part of detoxifying the body.

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