Herbal Detox – Support your Liver and Kidneys

Herbal Detox – Support Your Liver and Kidneys

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Milk Thistle is considered a liver cleanser or rather an herb that protects the cells in the liver. Research has shown that it increases levels of glutathione, an amino acid that helps to remove toxins from the body and protect cells against oxidation. Highest levels of glutathione are found in the liver and lungs. Milk Thistle also stabilizes and strengthens the cell membrane against damage from drugs (including chemotherapy) and heavy metals.

Licorice supports the liver, adrenal glands and the immune system. In the case of adrenal function, licorice increases the production of cortisol, DHEA, and aldosterone which in turn reduces inflammation.  It is antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti tumor, and anti ulcer. It increases the production natural killer cell activity and research suggests that licorice can inhibit the Epstien Barr virus which has been linked to chronic fatigue syndrome. It also can act as a gentle laxative. In Chinese Herbal Medicine it is used to reduce swelling, detoxify, augment energy, and alleviate pain.

Dandelion not only has great medicinal properties but is incredible as a food source containing nutrients such as chlorophyll and carotenoids. Use the fresh greens and steep the leaves as a tea and drink with honey. This herb is a great compliment on most salads. It helps to stimulate the gallbladder working to enhance the flow of bile, works on the kidneys – acting as a diuretic but without depleting key minerals such as potassium and a great liver remedy. It is also considered a pre-biotic which is food for the good bacteria in your gut.  Known as Pu Gong Ying in the Chinese Materia Medica, its used to clear heat, drain dampness and relieve toxicity.

Schizandra or Schisandra berries is a Chinese herb ( Wu Wei Zi) with antioxidant properties and a compound that may decrease cell inflammation. Used for its adaptogenic properties and as a restorative remedy for immune enhancement. Some studies have shown Schizandra to be effective against viral and chemically induced hepatitis. An overall great tonic and detoxifier.

Burdock is considered an anti-inflammatory, liver protectant, antioxidant, and diuretic. Burdock aids the liver in metabolizing diets high in fats and protein and encourages the removal of waste products.  This is partially why it is considered a “blood tonic” or blood cleanser. Burdock also aids in the removal of uric acid waste products, which makes it useful for those who suffer from joint conditions such as gout, rheumatoid arthritis, and bursitis.

** This content is provided as general health information only. It is not to be used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment of any health condition or problem. Any questions regarding your own health should be addressed to your own physician or other healthcare provider.

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