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The root of many diseases in the modern world comes as a result of us being separated from the natural world. This article explains how to detox from man-made environmental toxins. We will also give you some advice on how to stay healthy in this challenging world, including the use of 5 of our favourite natural detoxing substances: Spirulina, Bentonite Clay, Echinacea Root, Burdock Root, Milk Thistle.
What Can We Do?
First of all, how can we lessen our exposure to environmental toxins? Our bodies have a built-in detoxifying mechanism, but these days, it could use a little help. Making the switch to locally grown organic foods and vegetables will lessen your exposure dramatically. If you can’t afford organic- why not try growing your own food? When food shopping, always check the ingredients list. A good rule of thumb is if you don’t know what it is, it’s probably bad for you. Unfortunately, despite having organizations like the FDA who are supposed to make sure no dangerous additives are put in our food, known cancer-causing ingredients are still legal to put in food, so like most things, it’s best to do your own research. The same goes for beauty products. Opt for natural products and always check the ingredients. Dangerous cancer-causing chemicals are commonly found in cosmetics.
Invest in a water filter, which will remove contaminants such as lead, arsenic, copper and other impurities. Be aware that filtered tap water has no mineral content, so you will need to obtain your minerals from other sources to avoid a deficiency. If you live in a city, an air purifier will greatly improve the air quality inside your home. Certain plants, such as snake plants, also purify the air.
Cleaning products are another major toxin. It has now become completely normal to spray poisons around your home multiple times a week. I shouldn’t need to explain why this is a bad idea. Fairy liquid has even been classed as a probable carcinogen. It is SO easy to make your own cleaning products that work practically just as well (search on Pinterest for ideas) without poisoning you and your family. Baking soda can replace the majority of your cleaning products and cost a fraction of the price.
Nature is abundant with herbs, plants, and other sources that stimulate, cleanse and support your lymphatic system, bloodstream, kidneys and liver. By utilizing these natural detoxifiers, you will strengthen your immune system too. Some of these natural remedies have been found far more powerful than any pharmaceutical drugs. Here are some of our favourites.
The top of our list has to be Spirulina. Spirulina is one of nature’s most powerful detoxifiers. It’s so effective that it was even used to treat children with radiation poisoning following the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown. Introducing it to your diet will not only remove toxins but provide your body with an abundance of nutrients, vitamins and minerals, which is crucial to supporting your body in the detox process.
Spirulina rids the body of EMF radiation, heavy metals, pesticides and other environmental pollutants. Spirulina also contains gamma-linolenic acid, which is also found in breast milk and is a powerful anti-inflammatory. It alkalizes the body, which boosts liver function and the immune system.
Bentonite Clay has proven its ability to detox the body time and time again and has been used medicinally for thousands of years. It absorbs toxins and bacteria from the digestive tract while nourishing the body with a range of vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, iron and magnesium. When taken internally bentonite clay does not affect mineral absorption and stimulates the body to produce a healthier gut-flora.
It also possesses powerful antibacterial effects and has even been shown in lab studies to kill antibiotic-resistant superbugs. You can add one tablespoon bentonite clay to a glass of water and drink every day during your detox process. Be careful not to take too much as it can lead to constipation.
Echinacea is an immune-boosting favourite, but its blood cleansing powers are equally powerful. This healing plant is a jack of all trades and is an anti-microbial, anti-allergenic, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory. If you are suffering any chronic illness it is worth introducing Echinacea into your life as it soothes inflammation while boosting the immune system.
It also cleans your lymphatic system, blood, liver and kidneys, supporting your entire body during the detox process. Drink 3-5 cups of echinacea tea when you’re detoxing, or feeling a bit under the weather.
Burdock root has been used in traditional medicine for centuries, and recent studies have confirmed our ancient ancestor's use of burdock as a blood purifier. It has a diuretic effect on the body which helps filter out the impurities in the bloodstream, liver and lymphatic system. A 2011 study found Burdock Root is effective in cleansing toxins out of the bloodstream. Scientists have also noted its ability to improve circulation, boosting oxygen in the bloodstream. Drinking between 2-4 cups of Burdock tea daily will support your entire detox system.
Milk Thistle famed for its ability to cleanse the liver, and studies have found it effectively removes industrial toxins from the body. It has been used traditionally for centuries, and it can normally be found in the supplement aisle. But of course, it is better to get it simply as a raw herb. It protects the liver from damage by blocking and neutralizing toxins, as well as stimulating cell regeneration.
Milk Thistle has also been found to reduce the toxin burden of pharmaceutical drugs, and has even been used to counteract some of the damage caused by chemotherapy in cancer patients, and improving general wellbeing.
Remember, when your body is detoxing, symptoms can temporarily get worse. This is called a Herxhiemers reaction. When pathogens in our body begin to die-off, they release a range of toxins which need to be eliminated from the body. If you find your symptoms suddenly get worse during your detox, add in plenty of blood cleansers, vitamins and nutrients to your diet.
Reconnecting With Nature
The answer to the problems that come from us being disconnected from nature, is simply to reconnect with it. Nature has no side effects! There are so many wonderful healing substances out there that we can use to protect ourselves from the damage inflicted on us by today’s toxic world. We invite you to do your own research and to do whatever you can to lead a more natural life.